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Averting Violent Extremism: Religious Literacy, Pluralism and Community Resilience

February 4, 2016 — February 5, 2016

Location:Richcraft Hall
Audience:Invite Only

The Carleton Centre for the Study of Islam, the Intercultural Dialogue Institute – Ottawa and the Canadian Council of Muslim Women have organized an international workshop that will take place on Feb. 4-5, 2016.

The overall goal of the interdisciplinary workshop is to assess the viability of the religious literacy approach in ameliorating the attractiveness of violent extremism for vulnerable youth. Its specific objectives are to:

(i) mobilize knowledge through the synergies of an interdisciplinary workshop of academic experts and practitioners who include individuals with substantial familiarity in, respectively, (a) religious literacy, (b) Muslim history, beliefs, and practices, (c) Muslims in Canada and other Western countries, (c) violent extremism conducted in the name Islam, (d) communication strategies and tactics used by extremist groups such as ISIS, (e) education and curricula on Islam, and (f) building community resilience;

(ii) examine the ways in which Islamic concepts and practices relating to religious pluralism have been obscured in dominant Muslim discourses in the last four decades;

(iii) examine the ideas and debates related to religious literacy produced in the last 15 years; and

(iv) explore the potential contribution that a reinvigorated religious literacy about the history and ideas of Islamic pluralism could make in reducing the vulnerability of Muslims to the messages of groups promoting violence against non-Muslims and Muslim minorities.