On Tuesday, 19 June, the Geneva Center for Security Policy, European Eye on Radicalization, and Al-Mesbar Studies and Research Center jointly organized a round table around the theme of ‘Political Islam and Far-Right Extremism.’ The aim of the workshop was to discuss the similarities, differences and shared propaganda strategies between the two toxic ideologies. The workshop explored the evolution of these two ideologies and mapped out the current landscape of Political Islam and Far-Right Extremism in Europe.
Both Political Islam and Far-Right Extremism can be better understood when they are not studied in isolation but together, since this enables academics and policy makers to have better insights on how to tackle these new security challenges – especially by focusing on how these two ideologies have been able to energize one another. Owen Frazer offered some insights on the current policy responses to religious extremism. Dr Hans-Georg Betz and Dr Daniel Rickenbacher shed new light on the historical background of Islam in Switzerland and explored the right-wing challenges in Europe. Dr. Abdullah Hamideddin investigated the relationship between religion and the legitimization of violence, while Prof. Mohamed el-Haddad and Sara Brzuszkiewicz analyzed the multiple ideological similarities between Islamism and Far Right Extremism.