Location: Saudi Arabia
Type: Civil society
The Sakina Campaign for Dialogue (SCD) is part of the MoI’s counter extremism efforts. This is Saudi’s de-radicalisation program. The programme encourages and assists clerics and propagators of Islam to spread moderate Islamic ideology and to explain the problems of extremist ideologies such as those encouraged by terror groups and extremists in general. The program gives answers to those who have questions or confuse by different Islamic narratives as well as engages directly with those who have expressed understanding for extremist ideologies – some of these are found and engaged with one-on-one in al Qaeda affiliated forums.[i]
The Sakina Campaign also has an online database for those who want answers through this avenue. On the database you can find research, religious texts, news and educational material. Some people may reach this site through Sakina’s social media efforts to engage young people, most vulnerable to recruitment. Staff can also be contacted through the online platform.
Sakina volunteers are also engaged in research to better understand recruitment drivers and the attraction of extremist ideologies and groups.
[i] Counter Extremism, ‘CASE STUDY REPORT: Al-Sakina’, Institute for Strategic Dialogue
This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.
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