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Fathima Azmiya Badurdeen

Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, Technical University of Mombasa

Fathima Azmiya Badurdeen is presently a postdoctoral researcher at the Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, Netherlands. She is also a lecturer at the Department of Social Sciences, at the Technical University of Mombasa. Fathima has worked as a researcher and trainer in the field of countering violent extremism and forced migration in Kenya. She has also worked as a researcher, trainer and evaluator for conflict transformation and peacebuilding projects in Sri Lanka. She specializes in studies exploring recruitment dynamics for terrorist networks and countering violent extremism in Kenya. Some of her recent researched articles are:

Badurdeen, F. A. (2018). Roles, Motivations, and Recruitment Pathways of Kenyan Women Recruited into the Al-Shabaab, in Mazrui, A., Njogi, K., and Goldsmith, P. (Eds.). Countering Violent Extremism in Kenya: Between the Rule of Law and the Quest for Security. Nairobi: Twaweza Communications
Badurdeen, F. A. and Goldsmith, P. (2018). Initiatives and Perceptions to Counter Violent Extremism in the Coastal Region of Kenya. Journal of De-radicalization, 16(1): 70-102.
Badurdeen, F. A. (2019). Faith, Love, Emancipation: Why Kenyan Women join Al-Shabaab. Women in Islam – SIHA Journal, 1(4): 69-71.
Badurdeen, F. A. (2018). Online Radicalisation and Recruitment: Al-Shabaab Luring Strategies with New Technology. In Ruteere, M. and Mutahi, P. (Eds). Confronting Violent Extremism in Kenya: Debates, Ideas and Challenges. Nairobi: Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies.
Badurdeen, F. A. (2018). Positionality in Terrorism Research, in Rivas, A. M & Brendan, C. B. (eds). Experiences with Violent Research and Researching Violence, Policy Press.
Badurdeen, F. A. (2018). Women and Recruitment in the Al-Shabaab Network: Stories of Women being recruited by Women Recruiters in the Coastal Region of Kenya. The African Review.Special Edition 45 (1): 19-49.
Badurdeen, F. A. (2018) Socio-legal Implications of the Laws to combat Religious Extremism in Kenya. In Green, B., Gunn, J. and Hill, M. Religion, Law and Security in Africa. Rabat, Morocco: ACLARS.pp.111-130.
Badurdeen, F. A. (2018). Voluntary and Involuntary Recruitment Pathways of Women and Girls into the Al-Shabaab Network. In Ali, Y. M., Nzau, M., and Khannenji, H. (Ed.). The Changing Dynamics of Terrorism and Violent Extremism: An Analysis. Nairobi: HORN International Institute for Strategic Studies.
Badurdeen, F. A. (2018). Surveillance of Muslim Youth in the name of Counter Terrorism, in Grasso, M. & Bessant, J. Governing Youth Politics in the Age of Surveillance, Routledge Publications.


  • –present
    Postdoctoral research associate, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen
  • –present
    Lecturer, Department of Social Sciences, Technical University of Mombasa