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De-Radicalization Initiatives in Egypt: A Preliminary Insight

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This article provides a preliminary insight to the ideological revision of the two principle Islamist militant groups in Egypt, the Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiyya and Al-Jihad Al-Islami. Several leaders of these groups have taken steps to renounce violence and promote peace co-existence with the government and society. They have also repented and apologized for the past terror attacks in Egypt that led to the killing of many innocent civilians, government officials and tourists. In addition, they have gone to great lengths to counter and argue against Al Qaeda's violent ideology and to restrict its influence on the Muslim population. The ideological revision of these two groups reflects a significant shift in the efforts of the Egyptian authorities and community to address the problem of ideological extremism and terrorism in the country.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10576100902750562

Affiliations: Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Publication date: April 1, 2009

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