Islamist Extremism Ideology Rehabilitation Programs: A Critical Analysis


  • Rahimin Affandi Abdul Rahim Universiti Malaya
  • Mohd Imran Abdul Razak Universiti Teknologi MARA
  • Mohd Anuar Ramli Universiti Malaya
  • Siti Maimunah Kahal Universiti Teknologi MARA



Salafi Jihadi, Khawarij, Jihad, Extremism, Rehabilitation Programs


The September 11 attacks gave an immense impact on Muslims worldwide. Governments, both Islamic and Western took matters regarding terrorism even more seriously. The incident too, however, became a stepping stone for Muslim terrorists to be louder. Nevertheless, terrorism among Muslims have always existed in the doctrine of certain sects, Salafi Jihadi in particular. Such extreme and radical misconceptions of Islam is inherited by their predecessor, the Khawarij. The study discusses the rehabilitation programs for those affected by extremism in Malaysia, and the regional guidelines for counter terrorism. The root cause for Islamist extremism is also analysed, along with the influence of Khawarij ideology on Salafi Jihadi, the similarities shared by both, particularly with regards of jihad.


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Abdul Rahim, R. A., Abdul Razak, M. I., Ramli , M. A. ., & Kahal, S. M. . (2021). Islamist Extremism Ideology Rehabilitation Programs: A Critical Analysis. KATHA- The Official Journal of the Centre for Civilisational Dialogue, 17(1), 47–57.



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