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Over the past months places as varied as Pakistan, Nigeria, Paris, Copenhagen, Libya and North Carolina have been affected by major acts of terrorism. What do these events have in common? Does Islam and religious identity play a role in the process of radicalisation? What is the relationship between terrorist networks, religion and violence?

There will be 30 minutes each of initial statements by each panellist followed by a panel discussion and questions from the audience. The seminar will be followed by a drinks reception.


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Dr Noemie Bouhana and Dr Ryan Williams will discuss the process of radicalisation and the realities of these relationships based on their research. The speakers will also shed light on the similarities and differences between the global and local reactions to these violent events.

Dr Noemie Bouhana is a lecturer in Security and Crime Science at the University College London, where she directs the MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism. Her research focuses on the processes involved in the emergence of radicalising settings, and the role that these settings, in turn, play in individuals' development of a terrorist propensity.

Dr Ryan Williams is a research associate at the Faculty of Divinity, University of Cambridge. His research interests are in the relationship of radicalization and religion. His current research is on religious identity, faith, trust and risk in high security prisons.

Professor Manuel Eisner, director of the Violence Research Centre at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge, will act as the moderator

Wednesday, 4 March, 2015 - 18:00 to 19:30
Event location: 
Room B3, Institute of Criminology, University of Camrbidge

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