A Germany-wide research network began its work with a conference on April 15 and 16, in which more than 100 researchers in twelve research networks deal with the causes and effects of radical Islam in Germany and Europe. In an interdisciplinary way, the following questions will be investigated: Which strategies do Islamists use to put pressure on Muslim communities? How can radical Islam be counteracted? How do Muslims perceive the changes triggered by Islamist radicalization and what is discussed, taught or preached in Muslim milieus?
The research network is organized by the RADIS network. PRIF (coordination), the Institute for Interdisciplinary Conflict and Violence Research (IKG) at Bielefeld University and the Violence Prevention Network (VPN) are involved. Under the direction of Dr. Julian Junk and Philipp Offermann the researchers have set themselves the goal of the transfer project to coordinate the scientific networking of those involved and to convey findings from research to the specialist public, specialist practice and decision-makers. RADIS also coordinates a large network of young scientists.
Over the next few years, the joint work of the research alliances will be structured across various content clusters. The individual projects benefit from joint research access and knowledge transfer strategies.