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Preventing Extremism and Violence

CFG Ongoing Programmes

This program addresses the transnational phenomenon of extremism using a conflict transformation approach. It aims to the reduce violence in the Sahel region, the Lake Chad area and the Arab world, through the promotion of wasatiya (the "middle way") and the avoidance of extremes (ghulu), both concepts rooted in Islamic thought and practice.

The project comprises two tracks: the first track, working in collaboration with credible and authoritative Muslim scholars, develops and promotes the centrality of wasatiya in Muslim doctrine, and hence the illegitimacy of ghulu; the second track focuses on the negative effects of the “war on terror” discourse, and its abuse in certain countries, and aims to raise the awareness of governments of the counter-productive impacts of this discourse.

خلال السنوات الأربعة الماضية، انخرطت مؤسسة قرطبة بجنيف في عدد من المشاريع مع "علماء دين ذوي مصداقية": ممّن لديهم القدرة على الوصول إلى الشباب أو غيرهم ممّن يتحدَّون القادة السياسيين الذين يُنظَر إليهم كفاسدين أو يمارسون الظلم الممنهج في البلدان أو المناطق التي يعيشون فيها. وفي كثير من الحالات، يُدعم التحدي لهؤلاء القادة أو للمظالم من خلال المعتقدات الدينية أو الأيديولوجية، حتى وإن لم يكن ذلك هو المحرك الأساسي أو الأولي. …

During the past four years, the Cordoba Foundation of Geneva has been engaged in a number of projects with “credible religious scholars”: those who have the capacity to reach out to youth or others who are challenging political leaders perceived to be corrupt, or systemic injustices in the countries or regions where they live. In many cases, the challenge to such leaders or injustices is supported and strengthened by religious or ideological convictions, even where this might not be the primary or initial driver. Those who appeal to religion to support their cause need proper religious justification for their attitudes and actions and will naturally look to religious leaders who are not associated with the politicians or governments they are criticising.