Countering Violent Extremism: Lessons from the Abrahamic Faiths

Discussion Paper | October 19, 2008

An EWI publication concludes that religion is not the cause of extremist violence, but is used as a justification for violent acts. 

It contends that the role of governments in preventing violent religious extremism is limited. Religious leaders, faith communities and civil society must do the heavy lifting to counter this threat. The report, based on research and analysis, and the convening of experts with leading persons of faith, offers specific policy recommendations to combat violent extremism. It was launched at an event in New York attended by leaders from government, media, and civil society.