AAIMS was a proud sponsor of the May 4th Conference on Radicalisation and De-radicalisation: Post-ISIS, hosted at the Centre for Muslim States and Societies, University of Western Australia. Led by the Director of the Centre for Muslim States and Societies, Samina Yasmeen, the event was attended by guest speakers and experts in their fields: Professor Amin Saikal, Professor James Piscatori, Dr Richard Vokes, Dr Ian Chalmers, Dr Leila Ben Mcharek, Dr Shehzad Saleem, Nava Ghalili, and PhD Candidates, Ridwan and Farooq Yousaf.
The speakers came together to discuss the rise and now apparent decline of ISIS and its effects of radicalisation and de-radicalisation around the world. The future of ISIS and radicalisation was also up for debate, as the panel were questioned about their analyses on topics ranging from the defeat of ISIS, US policy in the Middle East, and predictions of jihadism and radicalisation among the Muslim diaspora.
Various attendees from different backgrounds were present, showcasing the need and desire for further enlightenment on this highly divisive topic. Attendees included policy makers, law enforcement, and students. How we can counter terrorism in the coming years provided an incentive to attend this exciting, highly relevant conference. Some of the key issues discussed were:
- The impact of the end of ISIS on the US presence in the Middle East
- The Muslim community, or ‘Umma’, in a post-ISIS world
- Where radicalisation is headed in the future
- Jihadism in the Sub-Saharan Africa
- The process of de-radicalisation in Indonesia
- The continued survival of Daesh, or ISIS, in Libya
- What ISIS ideology really entails and how it is influencing us
- Youth empowerment as a means to contain radicalisation
The clear message that came across, particularly in the beginning of the seminar, was that the majority of Muslims are against extremist Islamic ideologies; therefore, the future of de-radicalisation looks bright. Special guest Dr Saleem, attending from the Al-Mawrid Institute in Pakistan, spoke extensively on the subject of the Quran in challenging radicalisation.
The conference was a success thanks to the Centre for Muslim States and Societies.