Dr Sara Jul Jacobsen has a Ph.D. in women and militant Islam and great experience in researching radicalisation and extremism within Islamic milieus in Europe, particularly in Denmark. Her work mainly draws on online fieldwork and open-source studies to examine the outreach, push and pull factors and the instrumental use of gender in Islamic propaganda on social media. Sara focuses her research interests on gender, religious violence, and research methods. She has participated in international and national conferences on gender, radicalisation, and terrorism, as a key speaker and as a panelist. She also worked and published on counter-radicalisation issues focusing on the matter of gender and need for female specific PCVE-initiatives.
Mark Sedgwick has a PhD in the history of Islam from the University of Bergen and is professor of Arab and Islamic Studies in the Department of the Study of Religion at Aarhus University. He previously taught for many years at the American University in Cairo. He works on a variety of topics including Islamic modernism, terrorism, and Salafism, and on Muslims in the West; he also works on the ideology of the Western Far Right and on theoretical issues.
His “Anti-Colonial Terrorism: Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood to 1954” is about to be published in The Oxford Handbook of the History of Terrorism, and his recent publications include an edited collection, Key Thinkers of the Radical Right: Behind the New Threat to Liberal Democracy (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019). One of his best-known articles is “The Concept of Radicalization as a Source of Confusion,” Terrorism and Political Violence 22 (2010).