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5 The Islamic Courts Union: The Ebb And Flow Of A Somali Islamist Movement

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This chapter presents an interpretive case study of the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) in southern Somalia, an Islamist movement that was active from c. 2004 to 2008 and had social and political aims reflecting both internal diversity (and division) and a new international positioning. Somalia has been bad headline news in recent years: political disorder, persistent civil strife, terrorist actions, military abuse, a catastrophic humanitarian situation for 30-40% of the population,15 extortion, the kidnapping and killing of aid workers, and a piracy-infested coastline unsafe for international shipping. Global militant-jihadist discourse has taken root among Somalis and is being spread by foreign-educated clerics and activists, leading many of these groups to propagate a ?pure Islam? and an anti-clan and anti-Somali policy. The ICU had to fill a vacuum to not only provide services but also create new narratives of legitimacy and authority.

Keywords: Islamic Courts Union (ICU); Islamist movement; jihadist; Somalia



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