Countering religious ideological extremism in Muslim countries has been a relevant and important issue in the Muslim world and the West for a number of years. However, there are other forms of extremism which are often overlooked and pose an equally serious threat to our societies. Far-right extremist movements have become increasingly popular in North American and European societies. Oddly enough, these far-right groups echo a number of similar claims that Muslim extremist groups propagate.
In this lecture, Dr. Naved Bakali will examine the growth of far-right extremism in the West and will draw parallels to Muslim religious ideological extremism. Through examining these parallels Dr. Bakali will develop insights as to the ideological underpinnings of extremist thought from these differing strands and will discuss implications for countering violent extremism policies for both of these forms of extremism.
The lecture will be moderated by Dr. Nadeem Memon, Director of Education at Abu Dhabi University Knowledge Group.
Dr. Naved Bakali is a Research Analyst at the Tabah Futures Initiaitve. He works on various topics in the areas of identity, countering violent extremism, and contemporary Islamic education. Dr. Bakali is author of Islamophobia: Understanding Anti-Muslim Racism through the Lived Experiences of Muslim Youth. He completed his PhD from McGill University in Educational Studies.