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The Violence Pendulum: Tactical Change in Islamist Groups in Egypt and Indonesia

Ioana Emy Matesan


What drives Islamist groups to shift between nonviolent and violent tactics? When do groups move away from armed action, and why do some organizations renounce violence permanently, while others only place it on hold temporarily? The Violence Pendulum answers these questions and offers a theory of tactical change that explains both escalation and de-escalation. The analysis traces the historical evolution of four key Islamist groups: the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya in Egypt, and Darul Islam and Jemaah Islamiyah in Indonesia. Drawing on a wide variety of archival materials, in ... More

Keywords: violence, terrorism, resistance, Egypt, Indonesia, Islamist groups, Muslim Brotherhood, al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya, Darul Islam, Jemaah Islamiyah

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197510087
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197510087.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ioana Emy Matesan, author
Assistant Professor of Government, Wesleyan University