ELSE-FRENKEL-BRUNSWIK-INSTITUTE for Democracy Research in Saxony

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Nationwide project

Radical Islam vs. Radical Anti-Islam (RIRA)

RIRA ist ein Verbundprojekt an den Standorten Braunschweig, Duisburg, Leipzig und Osnabrück. Foto: Paul
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In the RIRA project network, social polarization and perceived threats are examined as driving factors of radicalization and co-radicalization processes in adolescents and post-adolescents. Young people in Leipzig, among others, are being interviewed for this purpose.

The RIRA research project examines empirically supported social aspects of a radicalization spiral that have not previously been considered in context and, on the basis of these results, develops preventive measures for the education sector. The central research question is: Which collective intervention approaches can be identified in the radicalization and co-radicalization of young and post-adolescent Muslims as well as non-Muslims?


RIRA is a joint project at the Braunschweig, Duisburg, Leipzig and Osnabrück locations. The Leipzig project team headed by Prof. Dr. Oliver Decker asks himself the sub-question "Which dynamics can be found in the conditions and the meaning of radicalization, including the individual structures of meaning and meaning?" and is primarily concerned with the evaluation of quantitative data material (primary and secondary data) within the RIRA project network. as well as the implementation and deep hermeneutic evaluation of group discussions and interviews. In addition, another focus is on the topic-specific secondary evaluation of radicalization and extremism in the representative population data of the Leipzig Center Studies and Leipzig Authoritarianism Studies since 2002.

The RIRA project is one of four joint projects in which the Else Frenkel Brunswik Institute of the Leipzig University is involved together with other research institutions. The aim of the research is to examine political attitudes, discrimination and social cohesion in various German cities. In other projects, EFBI scientists are investigating social conflicts in the projects "Conflict Space Hamburg" and for the "Berlin Monitor" the struggles for recognition and participation within Berlin's urban society.