Trajectories of radicalization and resilience in Nuruddin Farah’s North of Dawn

Keywords: radicalization to violent extremism, resilience, Nuruddin Farah, belonging, conviviality, fascism


Situated within a body of writing that is preoccupied with engagement with terrorism, this article considers the ways in which Nuruddin Farah’s novel, North of Dawn (2018), explores trajectories of radicalisation and resilience to violent extremism. Written from an interdisciplinary cultural migration studies perspective, the article understands violent extremism as a complex networked phenomenon. It makes an original contribution by highlighting the role of belonging in trajectories of radicalisation and resilience, bringing sociological studies of radicalised violence and resilience to such violence into dialogue with a cosmopolitan literary framework including the works of other diasporic Somali background European writers such as Cristina Ali Farah and Igiaba Scego.

Author Biography

Vivian Gerrand, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia

Vivian Gerrand is a research fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia, and is the author of Possible Spaces of Somali Belonging (2016).


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How to Cite
Gerrand, V. (2020). Trajectories of radicalization and resilience in Nuruddin Farah’s North of Dawn. Tydskrif Vir Letterkunde, 57(1), 106-114.
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