With the surge of hate crimes and hate speech and the normalisation of Islamophobia worldwide, the release of this new edited book by Professor Fethi Mansouri and Zuleyha Keskin, “Contesting the Theological Foundation of Islamism and Violent Extremism” is perfectly timed.
The contributors 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. Readers are invited to be part of discussions around 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.
This book, which also includes contributions from the Alfred Deakin Institute’s Professor Greg Barton and Professor Ihsan Yilmaz, is a must read for grassroots organisations working with youth, multiculturalism and social inclusion, as well as scholars of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, researchers and students of Islam.