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Book Published: Contesting the Theological Foundations of Islamism and Violent Extremism

Presentations from The Third Australasian Conference on Islam held in October 2016 on the topic ‘Refuting the Theological Foundations of Violent Extremism and Radicalisation’ have now been published in a book.

Published by Palgrave Macmillan, Contesting the Theological Foundations of Islamism and Violent Extremism is edited by Fethi Mansouri who is Director of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization at Deakin University and Zuleyha Keskin is Course Director at Charles Sturt University, Australia, and Managing Editor of Australian Journal of Islamic Studies.

According to the publisher:

This edited volume discusses critically discursive claims about the theological foundations connecting Islam to certain manifestations of violent extremism. Such claims and associated debates become even more polarizing when images of violent acts of terrorism performed in the name of Islam circulate in the global media. The authors argue that the visibility of such mediated violent extremism, in particular since the emergence of ISIS, has created a major political and security challenge not only to the world but also to the global Muslim community. This is particularly true in relation to the way Islam is being understood and characterized in the modern world. Existing studies on radicalization generally deal with causes and strategies to address violent extremism. The book will appeal to scholars, researchers and students in political science, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.

The book includes a chapter from Dr Keskin as well as CSU colleagues and PaCT fellows Dr Hakan Coruh and Dr Mahsheed Ansari.

Dr Keskin was supported with a PaCT grant to help her write the book chapter and edit the book.