A new faith debate on radicalisation took place 7 March in Whitehall, London. What have we learned since 9/11 and 7/7 about the causes, parallels and precedents of violent extremism, and the effectiveness of policies designed to tackle the problem? Video & podcasts of the presentations, responses and discussion at this debate are now available.
The debate was chaired by Charles Clarke and Linda Woodhead.
- Podcast 1: Professor Linda Woodhead [Lancaster University, Director of the Religion and Society Programme] introduced the debate. Preceded by a welcome by Charles Clarke.
- Podcast 2: Mark Sedgwick [Professor of Arab and Islamic Studies, Aarhus University] questioned the value of targeting radical beliefs rather than moves towards violent actions.
- Podcast 3: Matthew Francis [Editor of radicalisationresearch.org, and Researcher on the Religious Literacy Leadership Programme] offered a summary of emerging consensus on the causes of radicalisation and argued against a “conveyor belt” theory.
- Podcast 4: Marat Shterin [Lecturer in Sociology at King’s College London] presented a perspective from the study of New Religious movements, and his research in Russia and the Caucasus.
- Podcast 5: Mehdi Hasan [Senior editor (Politics) at the New Statesman], responding, challenged the “myth” that religion is the main factor in radicalisation. Introduced by Charles Clarke.
- Podcast 6: Ed Husain [author of The Islamist (2007), and senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations], responding, argued that “theo-politics” are central to the process of radicalisation. Introduced by Charles Clarke.
- Podcast 7: Questions and comments from the audience, and responses by the panel.
To view the video, listen to presentations, see the pictures visit: http://www.religionandsociety.org.uk/faith_debates/radicalisation