|The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) has the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar on:
Does Radical Islamism Explain Radical Behaviour?
Wednesday, 6 June 2012, 10.00-12.00
Danish Institute for International Studies
Strandgade 71, ground floor, 1401 Copenhagen K
Why do segments of the Pakistani society increasingly share viewpoints with the Taliban while they simultaneously condemn acts of violence? How can we account for the disproportionality between individuals adhering to anti-democratic and radical Islamist ideology on one side and those among them that actually commit acts of terrorism on the other?
This seminar critically examines the role of radical ideologies in understanding radical behaviour and terrorism. In public and scholarly debates a simple causality between ideas and action is often implied and assumed, especially when it comes to understanding ‘Islamist violence’ and suggesting policy initiatives to prevent acts of terrorism. Drawing on two different cases, trends in Pakistan society and Islamist environments in Denmark, the seminar will illuminate what we know about the link between Islamist rhetoric and radical behaviour.
David Hansen is Associate Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies at Bjørknes College in Oslo. Hansen has recently published the book Radical Rhetoric-Moderate Behavior: Perceptions of Islam, Shari’a, and the Radical Dimension in Urban Pakistan (Tapir Akademisk Forlag, 2012).
Ann-Sophie Hemmingsen is Postdoc at the Danish Institute for International Studies. Hemmingsen has recently published the DIIS Report Hvad ved vi om miljøer i Danmark, som bekender sig til islamistiske ideologier?.
Mona Kanwal Sheikh, Postdoc, DIIS
10.05-10.45 Radical Rhetoric, Moderate Behavior – a View
David Hansen, Associate Professor, Bjørknes College,
10.45-11.25 Ideology and Radicalization in Islamist Environments
Ann-Sophie Hemmingsen, Postdoc, DIIS
11.25-12.00 Q & A
The seminar will be held in English.
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use below online registration form no later than Tuesday, 5 June 2012 at 12.00 noon.