September 11, 2019. CEFIR is organizing a one-day conference at CÉGEP Édouard-Montpetit on “Religion and Radicalization in West Africa and the Maghreb.”
The day will facilitate the study of the diverse facets of this theme in Morocco, the Sahel countries and the Lake Chad Basin. These interventions highlight national and regional contrasts, especially between the Moroccan situation where the state claims a religious legitimacy to counter extremism and West African countries where jihadist movements exploit a wide range of frustrations for destabilize states with limited means. The conference is also an opportunity to explore how other religious denominations, particularly Catholic and Protestant, respond to the establishment of jihadism.