Africa's Fight Against Islamic Extremism
“This message of extremism is alien. It's alien to their culture, it's alien to their communities, it's alien for their future.”
(Amb. Phillip Carter, former Deputy to the Commander for Civil Military Engagements, United States Africa Command)
Islam has been peacefully practiced in sub-Saharan Africa for centuries in places like Senegal and Sudan. But in the past few decades, extreme versions of the religion have been penetrating into the continent, often filling the void of weak governmental authorities.
In this episode of America Abroad, we explore the historical role of Islam in Africa, how Islamist groups have taken hold in parts of it, and what's being done to resist them; We hear from people on the ground in Kenya, Nigeria and Uganda; And we learn about the role of Middle Eastern countries in exporting more radical forms of Islam to sub-Saharan Africa through mosques and madrasas.
Mohamed Abubakr: Sudanese human and civil rights activist
Amb. Johnnie Carson: Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs
Amb. Phillip Carter: Former United States Ambassador to Ivory Coast and Guinea
Jennifer Cooke: Director of Africa Program, Center for Strategic International Studies
Mamadou Diouf: Director, Institute for African Studies, Columbia University
Corinne Dufka: Associate Director, West Africa, Human Rights Watch
Arukaino Umukoro: Senior Correspondent, PUNCH Newspaper, Nigeria
Chai Vasarhelyi: Director of Touba, SXSW Special Jury Prize Winner for Best Cinematography
Rudolph Butch Ware: Associate Professor of History, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor