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Radical appeal: Young people and religious extremism

Recent events have thrown a spotlight on religious extremism and its enactment through violent acts. Government, media and the public have shown concern at the vulnerability of young Muslims towards the influence of extremist ideology. This Speakers’ Series explores why young people in contemporary Australia might be attracted to an extreme religious ideology.

Presentations and panel speakers will also discuss how young Muslims perceive religious extremism; how are young people marginalised in this discussion, and what is being done and what can still be done to counter it?

Join us for an evening of engaging discussion that will explore these current and complicated issues.

On the panel and contributing to the discussion will be:

Maha Abdo, OAM - CEO, United Muslim Women Association

Dr Jan Ali - Sociologist of Islam; Senior Lecturer, University of Western Sydney

Lydia Shelly - Lawyer and community advocate

Facilitated by Matt Khoury – Editor, The Point Magazine (community-based, youth-focused digital publication)

Date: Monday March 16, 2015
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: SSI Head Office, Auditorium, Level 2, 158 Liverpool Rd, Ashfield

Register at: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/radical-appeal-young-people-and-religious-extremism-tickets-15625666790?aff=es2&rank=1

FREE entry for SSI staff and volunteers.
For the public, entry is by donation. Donations go towards the SSI Arts & Culture Program for refugees and asylum seekers.

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