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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON RELIGION, CULTURE, AND MEDIA (ICORCAM 2018)

"Extremism in the Islamic World"

Background

The 9/11 2001 event which brought about 3000 causalities and other 6000 individuals injured, marked a new phase of international relation where the act of such this anarchism was classified as the act of intolerable attack. It was identified that Al-Qaeda was the agent behind the scene, the United State of America declared war on terrorism immediately after the event. The US’s operation weakened Al-Qaeda’s networks and its leader Osamah bin Laden was assassinated. The decline of Al-Qaedah does not stop terrorism. In contrast, other similar movements arise everywhere. Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, known as ISIS, emerged massively as another important agent which nurtured the allegation that Islam is the religion of terror. ISIS’s activists and its sympathizers reache not only from Iraq or Syria, but also people from many countries including some were detected from Indonesia.

The above facts indicate the seeds of radicalism as a pre-condition of extremism and terrorism continues to spread. Gilles Kepel calls this wave of terror acts in the early 21st century as a series of Islamist movements in the Islamic world over the past 25 years. According to him, left intellectuals in the Islamic world as well as in the West think that Islamist groups represent religious variant of fascism. While in the eyes of liberalists, Islamists are nothing but born-again medieval fanatics. The Islamist group preached the importance of moral order and obedience only to God. They oppose Materialism, Communism, Socialism and Secularism, and fight not only for the sake of the establishment of the Islamic state, but also for the realization of Islamic society, based on the Shari'a (Kepel, 2002).

In many cases, violent extremism becomes a serious concern as a ladder to terrorism. So then some call this the culmination of "radicalization", a process whereby the commitment and use of violence strategies in political conflicts increases. Radicalization is played by a number of politically alienated politicians and by a number of groups which happened to be discriminated (Barlett and Miller, 2012, Schmid, 2013). They want political change by creating a fundamentally different agenda from the agenda of the state authorities. Although it aims to change the system, the offer of radical solutions is not always fought for by force. Democratic ways for some groups are also used to realize their goals. In Indonesia, the radical group has a good movement structure through the establishment of new organizations and recruits including the younger generation as a massive member, among others Islamic Defenders Front (FPI), Laskar Jihad (LJ), Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI), Majelis Mujahidin Indonesia (MMI), Jamaah Ansarut Tahid (JAT), Jamaah Islamiah (JI), Forum Umat Islam (FUI), and so on.

The above explanation shows that the phenomenon of radicalism and extremism becomes a phenomenon that deserves attention. Many observers and researchers attempt to explain the symptoms of radicalism and violent behavior (extremism) by going down to study and research, both academic researchers and policy researchers. In this context it is important that the results of such studies are shared and published. Therefore, Center for the Study of Religion and Culture (CSRC) UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta and Faculty of Ushuluddin, UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta will hold an international conference on Religion, Culture and Media which this time will be themed " Extremism in the Islamic World ".

THEME

"Extremism in the Muslim World" which can be viewed from the perspective of religion, culture and the media"

The topics cover the following issues:

1) Religious Arguments for Extremism
2) The Root of Extremism in the Islamic World
3) The Development of Radicalism and Extremism in the Islamic World
4) Understanding Violent Extremist Narratives
5) Countering Violent Extremism in the Islamic World: Legal Aspect and Law Enforcement Perspective
6) Muslim Youth and the Influence of Violent Extremism
7) Women in the Trap of Extremism
8) The Role of Media for Countering Violent Extremism
9) The Role of Islamic Educational Instituions to Preventing Violent Extremism in Islamic World
10) Media and the Emergence of Extremism

OBJECTIVE

The conference aims to give opportunity for lecturers, researchers, observers, activists and students from various scientific disciplines particularly focused on the study of intolerance, radicalism, extremism and terrorism, to share knowledge, scientific papers and research findings. The accepted and presented papers will be compiled as that end aims to make the proceedings which are indexed in reputed indexer, Scopus. In addition, conferences are also held in order to build networks and relationships that can encourage research efforts and collaborative projects in addressing related issues contributing to policy makers and stakeholders.

TIME and VENUE

The Conference will be held on 23-25 October 2018 at Auditorium of Prof. Dr. Harun Nasution UIN Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta.



Important Dates

Due date full paper
July 20, 2018

Notification of accepted papers
September 14, 2018

Registration
September 17-28, 2018

Final camera ready
September 21, 2018

Conference Date
October 23-25, 2018

Paper Submission

Publication

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