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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)

Third Australasian Conference on Islam: Refuting the Theological Foundations of Violent Extremism and Radicalisation
13 - 14 October 2016
Deakin City Centre
550 Bourke St Melbourne VIC 3000

More information:

2015 conf media coverage

The 2016 conference will feature various topics and presenters including:

Debate on Islam and violence: Over-theologization of socio-political problems?
Dr Heydar Shadi, Institute for Theology and Peace, Germany
Islamic religiosity in the West
Prof Fethi Mansouri, Deakin University, VIC
Refuting the theological foundation of suicide bombing
Dr Mursal Farman, Hazara University, Pakistan

How IS exploits the idealism of Muslim youth
Prof Greg Barton, Deakin University, VIC
Psycho-cultural factors for takfiri's provocation

Dr Morteza Agha Mohammadi, QOM Seminary, Iran

Pro-active religious rehabilitation
to eradicate radicalism

Dr Derya Iner, Charles Sturt University
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