Report Launch: ‘A Hizmet Approach To Rooting Out Violent Extremism’

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Dr Ismail Mesut Sezgin

Research Assistant in Religion and Society, Regent's Park College

Dr Ozcan Keles

Dr Ozcan Keles

Chairperson of the Dialogue Society

Ozcan is a non-practising Barrister and member of the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn. He is the Chairperson of the Dialogue Society since 2008; was the Executive Chairperson of the same organisation between 2008 and 2014; the Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed biannual academic Journal of Dialogue Studies since 2014 and a full-time PhD candidate in the sociology of human rights at the University of Sussex. Between 2006 and 2009 he was a research student with Prof Kevin Boyle at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, where he held the Scholarship Award of 2006. Ozcan was called to the Bar in 2005 after successfully completing the Bar course at the Inns of Court School of Law. He obtained his LLM in Human Rights Law from SOAS, University of London, in 2002.

William Baldet

Prevent Coordinator for Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland

William Baldet is the CVE co-ordinator in Leicester and is based at The St Philips Centre, an inter-faith charity that specialises in promoting dialogue between communities.

In partnership with Dialogue Society Leicester Branch, Centre for Hizmet Studies is launching the report entitled, ‘a Hizmet Approach to Rooting out Violent Extremism’, detailing another approach to confronting violent extremism claiming an Islamic justification.

The publication offers researchers, policy makers and journalists a summary of Hizmet’s theological refutation of violent extremism. It demonstrates that the core teachings of Hizmet act as a positive counter-narrative to extremist ideology.

Drawing attention to the challenges associated with linear, traditional, reactive policy-making directly aimed at defeating violent extremist ideology, the publication explains the nature and features of Hizmet’s deradicalisation by default approach, which pro-actively addresses both facets of the radicalisation process: ideology and inculcation.

William Baldet is the chair and discussant.

For more information about the report, click here.