Mississippi’s Voices Against Extremism Project: A Case Study in Inclusive Interfaith Leadership

  • Hatice Gonul
  • Fatih Ozcan
  • Loye Sekihata Ashton


Can women be the engine of change in Mississippi to prevent violent religious extremism, a state that has been the location of some of the worst racial and religious terrorism in the history of America? This chapter explores the case study of the Voices Against Extremism Project, seeking to discover what is possible through the power of hospitality and an interfaith spirituality grounded in love and universal openness to the Other. The project, Voices Against Extremism (VAE), that began in 2015 in Jackson, Mississippi under the leadership of Turkish Muslim women, aims to address the issue of the use of violence in the name of religion. The premise of the project is simple: any kind of physical or psychological violence done in the name of faith or religious communities is unacceptable and must be opposed.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hatice Gonul
    • 1
  • Fatih Ozcan
    • 2
  • Loye Sekihata Ashton
    • 3
  1. 1.Mississippi State UniversityStarkvilleUSA
  2. 2.Hartford SeminaryHartfordUSA
  3. 3.Aoyama Gakuin UniversityTokyoJapan

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