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Contesting the Theological Foundations of Islamism and Violent Extremism

  • Fethi Mansouri
  • Zuleyha Keskin

Part of the Middle East Today book series (MIET)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Contesting the Theological Foundations of Violent Extremism

  3. The Social and Political Perspectives to Violent Extremism

  4. Religious Leadership and Violent Extremism

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 231-232

About this book


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.


Radicalisation violent extremism terrorism radicalised youth ISIS Islamism Political Islam Islam Middle East

Editors and affiliations

  • Fethi Mansouri
    • 1
  • Zuleyha Keskin
    • 2
  1. 1.Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and GlobalisationDeakin UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.Charles Sturt UniversityMelbourneAustralia

About the editors

Fethi Mansouri is Director of the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalization at Deakin University and UNESCO Chairholder at Cultural Diversity and Social Justice, Australia.

Zuleyha Keskin is Course Director at Charles Sturt University, Australia, and Managing Editor of Australian Journal of Islamic Studies.

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