UK: POSTnote on "Islamic extremism, radicalisation and deradicalisation, and the policy responses to violent and non-violent extremism"

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  • Research is limited but indicates that there is no typical extremist or typical pathway to extremism.
  • A key gap in the evidence is why some who hold similar views as extremists do not engage in violence.
  • Despite wider concerns about online radicalisation, studies suggest that friends and family are a more important source of radical ideas.
  • There is limited research on what deradicalisation or counter-radicalisation interventions are most effective.
  • The UK Government has taken a "value-based" approach to tackling extremism. This seeks to support moderate Islamic voices.
  • The Government's Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill, due to be introduced this year, will also target non-violent extremism."

    See: POSTnote: Addressing Islamic Extremism (pdf)

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