“New Terrorism” and Crime Prevention Initiatives Involving Muslim Young People in the UK
Dr Spalek, Birmingham University, draws upon a recently completed research exploring engagement and partnership work between Muslim communities and the police within the context of 'new terrorism'.
She sets out the ways in which 'new terrorism' discourse has influenced security agendas and the impacts of securitisation policies on Muslim communities, and argues that there is a danger that Islamic beliefs and practices can be stigmatised.
She then considers researching Islam and Muslim communities within the context of 'new terrorism', and discusses the importance of building trust between the researcher and the researched, and the particular challenges associated with trust-building in a 'new terrorism' context. Lastly, she considers the relevance of grassroots-level, 'street'-based contexts involving Muslim young people for the prevention of terror crime.
Dr Spalek is Reader in Communities and Justice and Director of Research and Knowledge Transfer at the Institute of Applied Social Studies, University of Birmingham, where she runs the Communities, Securities and Global Justice Grouping. Basia has carried out extensive research with communities on issues of security and justice. With Dr Salwa El-Awa, she has recently completed a project, An Examination of Partnership Approaches to Challenging Religiously-Endorsed Violence involving Muslim Groups and Police funded by the AHRC Religion and Society programme.
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