Preventing violent extremism through value complexity: being muslim being British

Type
Journal
Authors
Liht ( J., Savage, S. )
 
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Publication Year
2013 
Publisher
Volume
V6 
Pages
25p 
Subject
Radicalization, Family, Marriage, Violent Extremism, Terrorism 
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Abstract
This article reports on an intervention designed to prevent violent extremism in young UK
Muslims, and provides an empirical assessment of its effectiveness. The course was designed
to expose participants to the multiplicity of value priorities that influential Muslims embody,
and to structure group activities that allow participants to explore all value positions on issues
central to radical Islamist discourse, free from criticism or social pressure. The intervention, a
16 contact hour course using films and group activities that enables participants to problem
solve according to a broad array of their own values, was pre and post tested with 81 young
Muslims (mean age 19.48; SD=2.14) across seven pilot groups around the UK. As
hypothesised, value spread and integrative complexity increased significantly by the end of
the course in group discussions, and in written responses to moral dilemmas, conflict
resolution style shifted towards collaboration and compromise. 
Description
25 p.; illus.; 28 cm 
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