How Jihadism Ends: Comparing State Strategies Toward Violent Extremism in Kenya and Uganda
While radicalization is a complex process, Salafism is widely considered the branch of Islam that constitutes the basis for the radicalization of Muslims worldwide. States in East Africa have addressed the challenge of managing jihadi Salafism differently. Drawing on his research in two Christian-majority countries, Kenya and Uganda, Dr. Elischer will explain how different state strategies for managing Islam have led to contrasting outcomes. While Uganda has successfully managed jihadi Salafism through a strong, state-led Islamic association, Kenya has lacked an effective mechanism to engage its Muslim communities in a constructive manner, suffering serious incidents of jihadi Salafi-inspired violence. Dr. Elischer will explain the implications of his research for U.S. policymakers seeking to understand radicalization in Africa.