Call for Chapters: New Routledge Handbook on Non-Violent Extremism

 Call for Chapters

Routledge Handbook of Non-Violent Extremism:

Groups, Perspectives and New Debates


For a long-time overshadowed by jihadi extremism, non-violent (or vocal) extremism has been the centre of inflamed political and academic debates throughout the world (Cordesman, 2017; Gilligan, 2019; Hamid, 2016; Wali, 2013; Whitespunner, 2018). This debate is fuelled by the massive presence of groups within larger extremist milieus propagating extreme ideas but never using violent methods. These groups – e.g. Islamist, far-right, far-left, environmentalist, feminist – are engaged in a ‘war of ideas’ (Baran, 2005, p.14) against the socio-political and cultural system in which they operate. The presence of non-violent extremist groups is a source of many concerns for both state and non-state actors and the debate on the actual threat they pose is far from being solved.  At present, there are no books providing an overview of non-violent extremism all together. This new Routledge Handbook – co-edited by Dr Elisa Orofino and Dr William Allchorn – therefore answers the call in scholarship for more knowledge on non-violent extremists.

Scope of Submissions

The editors look forward to receiving chapter proposals from scholars specialising in non-violent forms of the below extremisms:

  1. Islamist extremism
  2. Hindu extremism
  3. Buddhist extremism
  4. Far-right extremism
  5. Far-left extremism
  6. Feminist extremism
  7. Environmentalist extremism

Submission Requirements

Scholars are required to submit a 1000 word proposal of their chapter along with a biography, a list of their own publications and key words for the editors’ consideration by 30th March 2020. Proposals can be sent via email to or Editors will be in contact with applicants in the months thereafter with news about the outcome of the abstract review process. Eventual submissions will comprise of an 6,000 word chapter (including references and figures). Full chapters are expected to be submitted by 30th March 2021.


The Routledge Handbook of Non-Violent Extremism has the following objectives:

  1. To provide an up-to-date picture of the most active non-violent extremist groups in Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, the US and the Middle East;
  2. To discuss the ideological foundation of their ‘war of ideas’, their claims and perspectives;
  3. To explore the main operative methods used by these groups according to the context they operate and the related political opportunity structure within their respective locations;
  4. And, to identify new trends of analysis for this still under-explored category of non-state actors.

Target Audience

The Handbook is primarily aimed at academics and all people interested in learning more about non-violent extremism and the threat it poses. Given the complexity of the topic and the timely relevance of non-violent extremist groups around the world, the subject of this Handbook will have an international appeal outside the UK, especially in Europe, the US, the Middle East and Oceania. More specifically, the Handbook is relevant for practitioners in all countries dealing with non-violent extremist groups within their borders. The subject area covered by the book is a new trending area but it falls within widely taught subjects such as social movements, advocacy and civil resistance.

Important Dates

30th March 2020: Proposal Submission Deadline
30th April 2020: Notification of Acceptance
30th March 2021: Full Chapter Submission
31st July 2021: Review Results Returned
1st October 2021: Final Chapter Submission

Indicative Bibliography

Baran, Z. (2005). Fighting the War of Ideas. Foreign Affairs, 84(6), 68–78. doi:10.2307/20031777

Cordesman, A. H. (2017). Islam and the Patterns in Terrorism and Violent Extremism. Centre for Strategic and International Studies. Retrieved from

European Court of Human Rights, (2012, June 12). Decision on Hizb ut-Tahrir and Others against Germany. Retrieved from

Gilligan, A. (2019, 21 February). The Baroness, Islamic Extremists and a Question of Free Speech. The Telegraph. Retrieved from

Hamid, S. (2016). Sufis, Salafis and Islamists: The Contested Ground of British Islamic Activism. London, New York: I.B. Tauris & Co Ltd.

Home Office (2015). Counter-Extremism Strategy.  Retrieved from

Wali, F. (2013). Radicalism Unveiled. Farnham: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

Whitespunner, B. (2018). Islamists can’t be allowed freedom of speech. The Telegraph