Research into radical Islamism

Since September 2020, 13 research projects have been examining the "social causes and effects of radical Islam in Germany and Europe". 

Buchstabenwürfel, die ergeben Radicalism und Islamism

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Social causes and effects of radical Islam in Germany and Europe

These projects are internally and externally interlinked by the transfer project "Social Causes and Effects of Radical Islam in Germany and Europe" (RADIS). Key academic project findings are combined with measures for the society-oriented and practice-oriented transfer of results and knowledge, and exchanged with political stakeholders and the interested general public.

The projects examine the extent to which and the way in which the influence of Islamists affects social life and the feeling of insecurity and (perceived) threats, and examine which different currents of Islamism exist and how they affect the society as a whole or sections thereof. Beyond the specific subject area, it will also be possible to identify which processes of polarisation, division and exclusion are triggered or exacerbated by radical Islamism. In view of the heterogeneity of the phenomenon of radical Islam, many research questions that are addressed are interdisciplinary in nature.

The projects from basic research and the projects from application-oriented research will contribute to the further development of the research field as well as help in tackling the challenges of radical Islamism both in practice and in politics - this includes, for example, practice-related recommendations for action as well as necessary preventive measures.