“Praising and/or Cursing God Through Music” now available online

Vivek Venkatesh, Director, Project SOMEONE, and Éric Bellavance, historian, biblical scholar and course lecturer at Université de Montréal, McGill University and Concordia University, recently edited Praising and/or Cursing God Through Music, a special issue of Théologiques, a journal from the Faculty of Theology and Religious Sciences at Université de Montréal. Fifteen local, national and international researchers contributed to this publication that explores this subject from the point of view of a variety of academic disciplines.  The issue is now available online here.


The UNESCO Chair in Prevention of Violent Radicalization and Extremism (PREV) is looking for a COORDINATOR FOR THE PREV-IMPACT PROJECT. To learn more about the position and the application process, please click here. Please apply by Monday, September 9, 2019 at 5 pm the latest.

Outreach Event – Google Trust and Safety

Initiatives like the Christchurch Call to Action emphasize the international and domestic need for enhanced collaboration among a range of actors including the digital industry, researchers, practitioners, civil society and governments, in tackling violent extremist and terrorist use of the internet (VETUI). Public Safety Canada organized this event as an opportunity for Canadian experts representing these sectors to engage with representatives from Google, including their Trust and Safety team and Jigsaw. The Google team reviewed their approach to VETUI, covering areas such as policies and procedures, as well as how they draw from existing knowledge, information and best practices. This was

Pasionarias book

Timbuktu consultant Fatima Lahnait published Pasionarias. Consultant at the Institute for Statecraft and Governance in London and the Timbuktu Institute in Dakar, Fatima Lahnait is a historian and teacher in Paris. After several works on the integration of young people of North African origin in Europe and jihadist women, Lahnait published the book Pasionarias that portrays female armed political activists who have marked the last 100 years. Through the portrait of twelve women, this book sheds light on their roles and places in the context of movements or armed conflicts. These women were part of liberation armies, revolutions or resistance

Mothers for Peace

The Timbuktu Institute’s Educating for Peace program at the heart of educational establishments (Mothers for Peace). As part of its Observatory of Religious Radicalism and Conflict in Africa (ORCRA) and related activities through its “Educating for Peace” program in schools (Mothers for Peace), Timbuktu Institute actively participates in awareness campaigns aimed at “women, youth, religious and tribal leaders, the community and the media on the effects and consequences of violent extremism, in line with recommendation 5 of the Bamako Declaration. Thorough research is needed to better document the significant involvement of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts at

Peacebuilding in Guinea

The Timbuktu Institute supports the training of religious leaders in peacebuilding in Guinea. For three days, religious leaders from Guinea’s various prefectures and the Conakry special zone were involved in a project to prevent violent radicalization and extremism in Guinea. Initiated by UNFPA, OIM and UNESCO partners, several topics were discussed and debated, including the national consultation on the regulation of Islamic homes in Guinea. Concerned by the rise of violent extremism in the world and in the West African sub-region, the Senegalese consultant welcomed the prevention policy instituted by Guinean authorities. More information here

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