Interregional Challenges of Islamic Extremist Movements in North Africa

"For a long time the region of North Africa enjoyed what seemed like political stability. The reality behind this false image has been unveiled lately by the events that have taken place in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. A closer look at these uprisings shows that they have been simmering for a very long time. This monograph examines the way in which a range of factors, including poverty, unemployment and denial of political participation, collaborated to generate anger and frustration among various groups, particularly the youth,pushing them to adopt extreme stands using Islamic ideologies. It demonstrates that the extremist variances and tendencies of political Islam should not be separated from the factors that generate them in the first place."