Welcome to the Sawab Center, a think tank dedicated to combating terrorism and extremism that is based on the misuse of religion. At Sawab, we believe in tackling extremism through a multi-faceted approach, by studying the underlying drivers and developing research-based strategies to counter it.
We are convinced that the prerequisite for countering extremism is understanding the narrative that fuels it. By deconstructing this narrative, we aim to curtail the spread of such ideas in society. We also seek to disrupt the recruitment and radicalization process by undermining the appeal of extremist ideology.
Our work focuses on a wide range of issues, from transnational terrorist groups to the spread of extremist thought. Our research lens includes the impact of socio-economic factors on extremism, and the psychological and cognitive factors that drive an individual towards radicalization.
Through our research and advocacy, we seek to offer a unique perspective on the effect of radical thinking on societies. We are alive to the fact that some societal traditions can be used to justify discrimination and prejudice against certain groups of people, which often leads to social divisions and conflicts. Such orthodox beliefs can also stifle creativity and innovation, as well as limit the potential for personal growth and development. In their most extreme form, such beliefs can be used to justify the use of violence and terror as a means of achieving political or ideological goals.
We aspire to a peaceful, prosperous and inclusive society that is not touched by twin scourges of extremism and terrorism.
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