Causes of Religious Radicalisation and How to Prevent it Through a Dynamic Dialogue Process

Fri, 25 Oct 2019 18:00 in Discussion Forums

Date: 25th October 2019
Time: 18:00-20:00
Venue: Dialogue Society Leicester Branch


Dialogue Society Leicester Branch organised a panel discussion with Prof Anwar Alam on the roots of radicalisation and how to alleviate it through a healthy dialogue process.


Prof Anwar emphasised that any radical thought is mostly shaped through the lack of an individual’s social bonds with other individuals. According to Alam, alienated individuals are most prone to foster radical thought and behaviour especially in the case of modern Western societies where immigrants confront mainstream society in ambiguous ways. Prof Alam also pointed out the role of activities such as those of Dialogue Society in promoting peaceful coexistence of different layers of society.

Speaker Biography

Anwar Alam is a Senior Fellow with Policy Perspectives Foundation, New Delhi. Earlier, he served as full Professor in the Department of International Relations, Faculty of Economics and Administrative Science, Zirve University, Gaziantep, Turkey; Professor and Director of the Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia (JMI); Assistant and Associate Professor at the Centre for West Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi; and Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh. He has been awarded a number of long- and short-term fellowships, including the International Visitor Programme (Islamic) Scholarship, United States (2002); the Indo-French Social Scientist Exchange Programme Fellowship (2003, 2010); the Alexandor Von Humboldt Post Doctoral Fellowship, Germany (2004-2006); and the AVH Renewed Research Stay Fellowship, Germany (June 2016). He was Visiting Professor at Fatih University, Istanbul, Turkey (September 2010–August 2011).

Dr. Alam's recent publications include Muslim Minorities in Europe and India: Politics of Accommodation of Islamic Identities (co-edited, July 2016); Arab Spring: Reflections on Political Changes in the Arab World and its Future (ed. 2014); “Emergence of Muslim Middle Class in Post-Independence India and Its Political Orientations,” Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs 35, 1 (2015); “The Roots and Praxis of Fethullah Gulen’s Educational Discourse,” Hizmet Studies Review 2, 3 (2015); “The Arab Spring: A View From India” in Routledge Handbook of the Arab Spring: Rethinking Democratisation (2014); and “Islam and Violence,” GITAM Journal of Gandhian Studies 3, 1 (2014). His area of research interests includes International Politics, Indian politics, Politics in Middle East, Political Theory, Religion and Politics, Political Islam, and Muslim Societies.

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