How is religion used to motivate violent extremism? Do the Islamic sources promote and legitimise violence towards non-compliant Muslims and non-Muslims? Are there religious texts that can’t be interpreted for our contemporary world?
Extremist groups like ISIS use concepts of Islam to justify their actions and recruit Muslims. Existing studies on radicalisation generally deal with causes and strategies to address violent extremism, but lacks an authoritative Islamic response and refutation of radical use of Islamic concepts.
The Third Australasian Conference on Islam aims to explore the causes of radicalisation from theological as well as sociological perspectives. The conference, "Refuting the Theological Foundations of Violent Extremism and Radicalisation", will host leading academics and practitioners to comment on this topic with an objective to offer authentic theological responses and sociological understandings of literalist/selective religious interpretations and radical narratives.
Organised and supported by:
> Islamic Sciences and Research Academy of Australia (ISRA)
> Centre for Islamic Studies and Civilisation, Charles Sturt University (CISAC)
> Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University (ADI)
> Australian Catholic University (ACU)
> Australian Intercultural Society (AIS)