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The De-Radicalization of Jihadists: Transforming Armed Islamist Movements (Contemporary Terrorism Studies) Paperback – June 6, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0415588348 ISBN-10: 0415588340

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"The De-Radicalization of Jihadists is an outstanding piece of work...Ashour manages to provide a highly detailed, very well-presented analysis of how and why several of the most important armed Islamist movements over the last 70 years have successfully sought to fundamentally alter their ideology, behaviour and structure and why this has been unattainable for others." - Chris Macmillan, International Affairs

"What Omar Ashour has produced is truly a pioneering work in an area of growing sociopolitical and geopolitical significance." - Saad Eddine Ibrahim, Harvard and American University in Cairo

"The book addresses a highly important yet little researched topic.... It offers conceptualization, theory and original research..." - Ami Pedahzur, University of Texas at Austin

"The book offers a detailed and well-presented analysis of deradicalisation processes involving several of the most important Islamist insurgent/terrorist movements today. The manuscript presents very important new insight into how and under which circumstances militant Islamist organizations may deradicalise and renounce political violence. Given the obvious policy-relevance of the analysis as well as its detailed and well-researched presentation of Islamist militancy in Egypt and Algeria, this manuscript will also be very useful in professional training for security /counterterrorism professionals as well as in graduate courses in Middle Eastern studies and graduate courses on international terrorism. The book is impressive." - Brynjar Lia, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment

"The only major work on the subject is Omar Ashour’s The De-Radicalization of Jihadists: Transforming Armed Islamist Movements." - RAND National Security Research Division, 'Deradicalizing Islamist Extremists' Report, 2010, p158

About the Author

Omar Ashour is a Lecturer in Politics in the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter. He has a PhD in International Relations from McGill University in Canada.


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Dr. Omar Ashour is a Lecturer in Political Science and the Director of Middle East Studies Program at the Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter (UK). He is the author of the first detailed study on jihadist de-radicalization processes and programs: The Deradicalization of Jihadists: Transforming Armed Islamist Movements, (London, New York: Routledge, 2009). Dr. Ashour wrote extensively about Islamist movements and ideologies, democratization, armed insurgency, and ending political violence. His published works cover the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and Arab and Muslim Communities in the West, and they appeared in Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Middle East Journal, Journal of Conflict Studies and other academic and policy journals. Dr. Ashour is a consultant and a regular contributor to media outlets. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from McGill University in Canada and he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the Politics of the Middle East and North Africa, Islamist Movements, Armed Islamist Movements, Terrorism and Insurgency in the University of Exeter.

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