Role of Religious Leaders in Mobilizing Communities to Counter Violent Extremism
A Case Study of Dir Valley of Pakistan
Keywords:Religious Leaders, Violent Extremism, Community Resilience, Dir, Pakistan
Swat and Dir valleys in Pakistan have seen the brunt of post 9/11 violent extremism in the recent past. Because this extremism was generated and exploited by a few religiously motivated violent organizations, a popular perception emerged that all religious leaders of the society were involved in terrorism. Therefore, this research focuses on the role played by those religious leaders who involved themselves in mobilizing local communities against violent extremism. Employing a mixed-method research approach and sequential analysis strategy our data shows that most of the common local religious leaders played positive role in building community resilience to countering violent extremism during the early phase of the War on Terrorism in these two valleys.
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Copyright (c) 2021 Shakeel Ahmed, Imran A. Sajid, Syed Irfan Ashraf
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