A comparative analysis of British and Saudi approaches to counter radicalisation: Engaging the Muslim community as a model

ِAlghofaili, Fahd (2021). A comparative analysis of British and Saudi approaches to counter radicalisation: Engaging the Muslim community as a model. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This study compares the capacity of Saudi Arabia and Britain to engage their communities in counter-extremism, through the introduction of an original theoretical model of analysis. The thesis argues that active community engagement may serve as a critical indicator of counter-extremist efficiency. The theoretical framework is applied to the radicalisation of Muslim communities in both countries, with specific focuses on the roles of four critical elements in counter-radicalisation: religious figures, women, young individuals, and educational institutions. Drawing on a wide range of interviews, government documents, and other primary and secondary sources, the thesis presents several key insights, which are divided into three interlinked categories. First, the significance of engaging the four main societal components. Second, how community engagement can be enhanced by means of three linear concepts: trust-building, warning people and encouraging them to participate in counter-extremism, and training participants. Third, how this participation can be influenced by three factors: local cultures, external effects, and political systems and their foreign policies. This study demonstrates both British and Saudi weaknesses in reaching individuals and convincing them to participate in counter-extremist efforts.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
Licence: All rights reserved
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: Department of Political Science and International Studies (POLSIS) School of Government
Funders: None/not applicable
Other Funders: Self funded
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/12102


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