Research and Analysis

Counter-Narrative Library

Counter-Narrative Library

Counter-Narrative Library is a comprehensive portal where governments, front-line workers and civil society can access content, toolkits and good practices to counter the narratives of all forms of violent extremism. 

The password-protected Library includes videos, movies, TV shows, cartoons, books, websites, magazines, blogs, social media campaigns, articles and many others that can be found online or uploaded as files. 

Features of the Counter-Narrative Library

The Counter-Narrative Library contains the following features:

  • Library items contain summary of content and potential use, and all are categorized, tagged and classified by target audience, source, language and related countries; 
  • Users can search by keyword and tag, or browse by category; 
  • Users can add new content to the Counter-Narrative Library;
  • Users can comment and rate the Counter-Narratives according to their local context;
  • The Counter-Narrative Library also includes a list of toolkits, useful reports and practical advice for developing counter-narratives.


The Library features two existing collections: 

The Daesh Defector Collection features the narratives of returning foreign terrorist fighters that have defected from Daesh to highlight the weaknesses of the organization and reveal the atrocities of the violence and suffering. 

The South East Asia Collection is one follow up project to Australia's Regional Summit to Counter Violent Extremism (CVE) that was hosted in Sydney in June 2015. The collection features counter-narratives from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand in multiple languages, including Bahasa, Malay, Tagalog and Thai. This was part of a larger project supported by the Australian Government through the Attorney-General’s Department. 


The Counter-Narrative Library is a project that was originally supported by 8 countries, led by the government of the Netherlands, and initially focused on open-source counter-narratives to Al Qaeda. The initial content included:

  • Theological positions by Al Qaeda and relevant counter-narratives
  • Counter-narratives to historical and geo-political interpretations espoused by Al Qaeda
  • Counter-narratives to the heroic, adventurous and noble nature of Al Qaeda global "jihad"
  • Counter-narratives to the idea that the West is in ‘moral decay'
  • Al Qaeda failures and weaknesses

The project was handed over to Hedayah in July 2015 as an independent, international organization that could expand the reach and scope of the Library contents, and ensure dissemination.

For access to the Library, please click here.

For more information about the Library, please contact 





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