The Project for the Research of Islamist Movements – PRISM – was founded by Reuven Paz in 2002. PRISM combines academic and field research of new developments of radical Islamism and Islamist movements. The project is part of the GLORIA Center at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya.
PRISM deals with developments of radical Islamist movements in the social, cultural, ideological, and political fields; the finance of radical Islamist groups; sponsoring of Islamic states to Islamist radicalism and terrorism; Islamic communities in the West; the “culture of Global Jihad” and its attitude toward Western civilization, Israel, and the Jews; Islamist networks; and support for radical Islamism through the virtual global jihad on the Internet. The focus of its research is on primary sources in Arabic, and its objective is to fill the vacuum in the use of Arabic sources for the Islamist phenomenon.
PRISM wishes to become a home and platform for scholars in these fields, to conduct research, publish their products, and organize conferences, seminars, and workshops on the above topics.