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Islamism, Salafism and Violence: Understanding Jihad

Home affairs, Migration and Integration
Date: Thursday, 08 March 2018 12:30 - 14:30

Venue: Dialogue Platform  |  City: Bruxelles, Belgium

Leaders and policy-makers are often faced with the problem of Salafi-jihadism in its many ramifications. Today's Salafi-jihadism makes use of classical jihad materials which are frequently difficult for outsiders to understand, and in its most recent Islamic State manifestation, includes a heavy apocalyptic component, which can be quite disturbing.

This talk will explore the ideological bases of Salafism, how they translate into operations, and try to pin-point when it changes from quietism to activism within contemporary settings.

12:30 Registration and Lunch
13:00 Lecture, Dr. David Cook, Rice University
13:30 Q&A, Moderated by Dr. Ugur Tok, IDP
14:15 End of of event

About the speaker
David Cook is associate professor of religion at Rice University specializing in Islam. He did his undergraduate degrees at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2002. His areas of specialization include early Islamic history and development, Muslim apocalyptic literature and movements (classical and contemporary), radical Islam, historical astronomy and Judeo-Arabic literature. His books are Studies in Muslim Apocalyptic, Understanding Jihad and Contemporary Muslim Apocalyptic Literature, and Martyrdom in Islam as well as Understanding and Addressing Suicide Attacks. Cook is continuing to work on classical Muslim apocalyptic literature, alongside sponsoring research on Boko Haram’s ideology.


REGISTRATION by 07.03 is required. Lunch will be served.



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  • Thursday, 08 March 2018 12:30 - 14:30

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