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Understanding Muslim Extremism: The Relevance of Ibn Khaldun


                                                                            Date                  :  25 August 2016                                                                                           

                                                                            Time                 :   8.00 pm – 9.30 pm

                                                                            Venue              :   AMP Auditorium, Level 4
                                                                                                          Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP)
                                                                                                          1, Pasir Ris Drive 4, Singapore 519457


While the atrocities born out of terror itself is not a new occurrence given the human history, Muslim extremism is a contemporary phenomenon that has, at its heart, several causes. Extremism can be defined as a narrow, exclusivist approach to religion, in this case, Islam. It creates dichotomies and divisions that disunite groups of people, and this disunity in turn creates an atmosphere of prejudice and bigotry. One significant cause of extremism among Muslims is the presence of certain myths that have been circulating in the community since the early days of Islam. Dr. Farid Alatas’ presentation will examine the examples of such myths, which have contributed to the denomination of Jews and Shi’ites in Muslim societies. Furthermore, he will also discuss how Ibn Khaldun’s approach to the study of history is relevant to a proper assessment of such myths.

About the Speaker

syed faridDr. Syed Farid Alatas is currently an Associate Professor of Sociology at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Prior to joining NUS, he has lectured at the University of Malaya in the Department of Southeast Asian Studies and later headed the Department of Malay Studies in NUS from 2007 to 2013. His areas of interest are historical sociology, the sociology of social science, the sociology of Islam, religion and reform, and intra- and inter-religious dialogue. He has written widely on these areas as well as that of Muslim societies in the region and abroad. His most recent books include Ibn Khaldun (Oxford University Press, 2013) and Applying Ibn Khaldun (Routledge, 2014). He is currently researching on Salafism in the Malay world.



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