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Lesson 3: Salafism and Wehhabism (Day 1)


Material for 1-hour lesson, part of the 5-day training course on terrorism abusing religion, developed by the OSCE Mission in Kosovo


As law enforcement officers, which are countering terrorism, our first duty is to identify our targets correctly. While we are dealing with terrorism abusing religion we should have enough knowledge about the terms “Salafism and Wahhabism” in order to understand the ideology stands behind one of the most famous terrorist organization : Al Qaeda.

The goal of this lesson is to provide the learners with the knowledge of salafism and wahhabism that will assist them in countering violent radicalism and extremism more professionally and successfully.

At the end of this lesson the students will be able to:

  • Define and make distinction between Salafism and Wahhabism.
  • Learn the history of Wahhabism
  • Learn Wahhabism as ideology & facts about it