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Empowering Egypt to Defeat Radical Islamism

“Empowering Egypt to Defeat Radical Islamism” by Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi, Dr. Tarek Elgawhary, and Mehreen Farooq.   Despite billions of dollars in counter-terrorism measures, the threat from transnational terrorist organizations like ISIL, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban has metastasized into a greater menace than ever before. Given the U.S. government’s trepidation to engage the public sector […]

Engaging and Empowering Pakistan’s Civil Society for Countering Violent Extremism

WORDE Launches Two New Reports on Pakistan Over the past several years, WORDE has been leading a comprehensive study through 35 cities and villages in Pakistan to explore the capacity of civil society for peacebuilding. We’ve identified over 100 local organizations that have implemented viable and innovative peacebuilding programs, ranging from inter-ethnic dialogues to fatwas […]

Afghanistan 2014 and Beyond: The Role of Civil Society in Peacebuilding and Countering Violent Extremism

WORDE Report, February 2014  | Authors: Hedieh Mirahmadi, Mehreen Farooq, Waleed Ziad   Based on fieldwork in 35 cities and villages across 15 provinces in Afghanistan with community activists, religious leaders, and tribal elders, WORDE researchers have explored how Afghan civil society has created innovative strategies to push back against extremism. Their research explores best […]

Pakistan’s Civil Society – Alternative Channels to Countering Violent Extremism

WORDE Report October 10, 2012  | Authors: Hedieh Mirahmadi, Mehreen Farooq, Waleed Ziad Rising extremism in Pakistan has drawn attention to the need for greater engagement with moderate Muslim networks and civil society organizations that can effectively counter radical narratives and decrease the pool of recruits for militant organizations. In Pakistan’s Civil Society: Alternative Channels […]

The Prohibition of Domestic Violence

In fifteen centuries, Islam has never sanctioned any form of family violence. How then did this scourge become widespread in the Muslim community? As in other religions, Islamic law forbids such practices has been systematically decontextualized by patriarchal scholars whose dogma dismisses the socially inclusive, inalienable rights bestowed upon women by Islam.

A Community Based Approach to Countering Radicalization

WORDE Report | Authors: Hedieh Mirahmadi with Mehreen Farooq As America faces a growing threat of homegrown terrorism, it is increasingly essential that Muslim communities and policymakers collaborate to undercut radical ideologies that lead to violent extremism. In one of the first Muslim-led initiatives, WORDE’s publication explores ways that Muslim communities and policymakers can create […]

Traditional Muslim Networks: Pakistan's Untapped Resource in the Fight Against Terrorism

WORDE Report | Authors: Hedieh Mirahmadi, Mehreen Farooq, Waleed Ziad Pakistan, an important South Asia regional ally of the US, is home to approximately 175 million Muslims, the vast majority of which practice moderate traditional Islam and reject the Al-Qaeda/Taliban’s brand of religion. To effectively counter the rise of religious extremism or “Talibanism” as it […]

Developing FATA, A White Paper for USAID

Mehreen Farooq Developing FATA, A White Paper for USAID was presented to the US Government’s interagency Afghanistan-Pakistan Task Force on the challenges in implementing effective US development assistance in Pakistan’s Frontier. December 2009 The Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) of Pakistan is the center stage of the US War on Terror in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. […]

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