AFKĀR (Research Journal of Islamic Studies)
This article was prepared for a 2018 conference convened at AIR University Islamabad on ‚Radicalization: Perceptions, Realities and Challenges of Campus Life‛. Focussing on a conference sub-theme of ‚culture‛, the article reviews academic literature on the topic of youth radicalization, noting where existing analyses and proposed strategies largely geared to European and American contexts are either relevant for or unsuited to Pakistani universities and colleges. In addition, the concept of ‚culture‛ is addressed, whether in terms of local customs, creative expression, or sociological affinity groups, with special attention paid to discussions of the relationship of culture to Islam. The intent is to clarify the roles and responsibilities of Pakistani campus leaders to cultivate positive spaces for student life and expression in culturally authentic ways. In fact, the potentially positive aspects of ‚radical‛ student learning and engagement in the sense of ‚getting to the root or source‛ that are part of university education need to be recognized and preserved, so that youth are empowered to effectively participate, question, and critique rather than resorting to violent options.
Hermansen, Marcia. Cultural Diversities: The Implications for Radicalization Theory & Practice on Pakistani College Campuses. AFKĀR (Research Journal of Islamic Studies), 3, 1: 63-84, 2019. Retrieved from Loyola eCommons, Theology: Faculty Publications and Other Works,
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