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Madkhali-Salafi influence in Libya may spread further

Thursday, July 15, 2021


A component of key armed factions in both east and west, they have used their resulting military strength to impose their anti-democratic worldview and hardline social agenda. Their rise has alarmed many, including civil society advocates and religious minorities who fear further targeting, and has led to clashes in some areas.


  • Growing Madkhali influence threatens Libya’s already constrained civil society space.
  • Libyan women, who have seen their public role diminished, fear that a more empowered Madkhali current could accelerate the trend.
  • Madkhali preaching against Western organisations risks stoking wider anti-Western sentiment that can affect investment opportunities.

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