n Africa Insight - Islamic fundamentalism in North Africa

Volume 36, Issue 3_4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804


The concept of 'terrorism' continues to be highly contested - notably in the field of international relations. Yet, it is by no means a new concept. In the present context, this term is associated with 'Islamic extremism'. This article conducts an audit of the experiences of five North African countries (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) in quelling Islamic extremism in their respective nations, as well as throughout the region, and internationally. The authors contend that although the phenomenon of 'Islamic fundamentalism' only gained momentum in the eyes of the international community following the events of September 11, North African countries dealt with this phenomenon, first-hand, long before it became a priority in the global agenda.

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