Preventing Religious Violent Extremism
When President Sadat of Egypt was assassinated by members of the Egyptian Islamic Jihad Organization in 1981, Dr. Abdalla was at that time a prosecutor at Egypt’s National Security Office. For more than five years, he directly conducted judicial investigations and interviews with hundreds if not thousands of members of radical and terrorist organizations acting, wrongly, in the name of Islam. That unique experience prepared him to navigate his knowledge and impressions from his judicial work on terrorism and violent extremism into his later education in peace and conflict studies. That unique combination of first-hand experience and encounter with members of violent extremist groups, and application of peace and conflict resolution frameworks, are what Dr. Abdalla brings to his courses and publications on the topic.