Global Extremes

– Research-driven analysis and opinion –

A joint initiative by the GREASE and BRaVE projects, Global Extremes critically examines religiously inspired violent radicalisation, far-right extremism, and polarisation.

Hosted by OpenDemocracy, Global Extremes aims to help build more resilient communities and societies through constructive debate, analysis and discussion. It offers research-driven, in-depth analysis on compelling contemporary issues.

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Articles by GREASE consortium members

07 December 2021

How COVID-19 has changed the violent extremist landscape

The rise of pandemic-inspired conspiracists has been escalated and capitalised on by extremist movements
Michele Grossman

09 November 2021

Secularism defined: a tale of two courts

It is the responsibility of the secular state to guarantee both the freedom of belief and the limits that might rightfully be placed on this freedom, writes
Haldun Gülalp

01 October 2021

Good religion or bad religion? Secularism and the Afghan question

Empowering religious groups to become political actors does not constitute freedom of religion for all and violates the norms of secularism, whether exercised at home or abroad, argues
Haldun Gülalp

26 July 2021

The enduring appeal of Sayyid Qutb’s jihadist ideology

Sayyid Qutb’s ‘Milestones’, published in 1964, has been the ideological force behind a succession of violent Islamist groups.
Georges Fahmi

24 May 2021

Freedom of religion or freedom for religion?

Why critiques of secularism, especially in France, fundamentally misunderstand the principles of equality and human rights on which it is based.
Haldun Gülalp

26 April 2021

Can worsening economies and increasing repression herald a new Arab Spring?

North Africa today is reminiscent of the period leading up to the 2011 uprisings. Tensions are further aggravated by the pandemic damage.
Mehdi Lahlou

29 March 2021

Why do churches have mixed attitudes towards the Arab Spring?

Christian leaders in Egypt and Syria opposed the 2011 uprising but now their counterparts in Iraq and Lebanon back reform to protect their flocks.
Georges Fahmi

21 December 2020

Is religious fervor compatible with democracy?

If one believes that democracy is an abomination and against God’s rule, one may not even ponder it.
Haldun Gülalp

23 November 2020

What can multiculturalism offer in the fight against racism in Britain?

Claims about the failure of multiculturalism are persistent yet, they are also consistently inaccurate.
Thomas Sealy

16 November 2020

What does Samuel Paty’s tragic murder teach us?

Building a strong sense of security, acceptance and respect in society is how we fight both Islamophobia and jihadist terrorism.
Anna Triandafyllidou

13 November 2020

Can social networking platforms prevent polarisation and violent extremism?

Our capacity to design social media platforms to prevent polarisation and violent extremism online is contingent upon what we do offline.
Vivian Gerrand

9 November 2020

Community reporting of terrorist involvement during COVID-19

Encouraging community members to share information about someone they’re close to becoming involved in terrorism remains a key challenge of counter terrorism.
Paul Thomas and Michele Grossman

2 November 2020

How can religiously inspired ideas explain violent extremism in Egypt?

What role do religiously inspired ideas play in shaping the current wave of violent extremism in Egypt?
Georges Fahmi

30 October 2020

Europe must open up to new ideas about the secular state

With the recent fallout between France and some Muslim nations, this is a reminder to open up to alternative solutions.
Anna Triandafyllidou and Gurpreet Mahajan

26 October 2020

France: La République is at war with itself

To counter violent extremism in France, we need to go beyond the rhetoric of heroes and dehumanized enemies.
Tina Magazzini

19 October 2020

Russia’s imaginary ‘radicals’

While many countries face a real problem of violent radicalization, others use the imaginary threat of it to construct their domestic and foreign politics.
Marat Iliyasov

21 July 2020

Back to the future of multi-ethnic Britain

The route towards an anti-racist, inclusive Britain exists, but who is willing to take it?
Thomas Sealy

6 May 2020

Is there a difference between a niqab and a face mask?

The prevalence of face masks to fight the COVID-19 pandemic might help spark a more constructive conversation on the niqab.
Thomas Sealy

21 April 2020

What is the fate of religion in Europe?

Can Europe’s traditional norms of secularism be applied to an extra-Christian religious diversity that the continent has not known before?
Tina Magazzini, Tariq Modood, Anna Triandafyllidou, Thomas Sealy

6 April 2020

Coping with crisis: How much “resilience” is on display?

Covid-19 shows the idea people triumph alone over adversity is a myth – it takes the support and resources of a society.
Michele Grossman

2 April 2020

Resilience, radicalisation and democracy in the COVID-19 Pandemic

With lockdowns, an already alarming situation of vulnerability to political manipulation is at risk of becoming a disaster for democracy.
Vivian Gerrand

4 March 2020

Is Al-Azhar pushing the envelope?

Shaykh al-Azhar, Ahmed al-Tayyib criticised the state of Arabs and Muslims worldwide – including, one presumes, its rulers.
H.A. Hellyer

24 February 2020

Is central Europe afraid of religious tolerance?

In the middle of Europe, there is a new sort of religious radicalization emerging – that of religion-haters or religiophobes.
Egdūnas Račius

3 February 2020

What is the ‘proper’ place of religion?

The reality of multiculturalism in Western Europe has reawakened debates around religion’s relation to politics and place in society and the public sphere.
Thomas Sealy

3 February 2020

Rethinking secularism: Can Europe integrate its Muslims?

A new understanding of secularism represents Europe’s best chance for finding a way forward.
Tariq Modood

3 February 2020

In India: secularism or multiculturalism?

What can we make of the ‘return’ of secularism to the centre of political debate in India?
Gurpreet Mahajan

3 February 2020

The perils of mixing religion and politics: the case of Turkey

Mixing religion with politics does not even serve religious purposes.
Haldun Gülalp

17 December 2019

Islamophobia is Boris Johnson’s problem now

Labour Party’s abject failure to address anti-Semitism has garnered headlines, but hatred of Muslims is even more rampant in Britain—and the prime minister and his party have contributed to making it socially acceptable.
H.A. Hellyer

19 November 2019

In defense of secularism

Polarization based on a politics of religious identity seems to be the most dangerous for democracies.
Haldun Gülalp

27 October 2019

Why words matter: mainstreaming anti-Muslim discourse

It is no surprise that right wing extremists use similar language, it is however alarming that this language is found in the mainstream media.
H.A. Hellyer

27 October 2019

The answer to extremist violence is strong resilient communities

We do not need to keep minorities under surveillance or to create a climate of mistrust and prejudice.
Anna Triandafyllidou

27 October 2019

Terrorism not in my name

How should one respond to terrorism carried out in one’s name?
Tariq Modood

27 October 2019

How to build resilience to violent extremism

Given the terrible injustices endured by so many, why aren’t more turning to terrorism?
Vivian Gerrand

27 October 2019

To face the rise of extremism we need words as much as actions

Religious and political responses to the Christchurch attack can tell us a great deal.
Thomas Sealy