This workshop analyses what factors lead to religion and extremism becoming intertwined to form a potent mix.
It is well evidenced that extremists have a range of motivations for their behaviour. For some, these behaviours are often enshrined by theological underpinnings. How do they use or abuse Islamic texts to justify their actions? Historically how has mainstream Muslim scholarship challenged these extremist positions? The foundational perspectives which are key in our fight against this threat will be analysed.
The host, Ahtsham Ali is currently the Muslim Adviser for Her Majesty’s Prison Service (NOMS). His remit includes national policy work regarding faith needs of Muslim prisoners, as well as recruitment and training of Muslim chaplains. In recent years, he has led a project which looked at detailed theological deconstructions of key elements making up the extremist narrative. Ahtsham has an MA in Theology and Religious Studies and spent eighteen years (part-time) with the leading Muslim scholar Sheikh Abdullah Al-Judai.
To book a place on the workshop, please contact Asad Qureshi at The Himmat Project.
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