Lecture on radicalisation and extremism – challenging general assumptions in Royal Irish Academy

Radicalisation and Extremism – challenging general assumptions

Few terms illicit so much research in the social sciences in recent times as do radicalisation and extremism. However, this is often conducted without a critical dimension, and while both can pose very real threats to our society, our response needs to be commensurate with the actual threat, rather than one based on stereotypes and assumptions. This discussion aims to do just that by exploring three topics from a number of areas.

Shaykh Dr Umar Al-Qadri delivered a talk on the topic along with Dr Orla Lynch and Dr John Morrison on the topic. Members of Law enforcement agencies and defence forces attended the event.


Details of the speakers at the event:

Dr Orla Lynch – Head of Criminology at University College Cork.

Until 2015 she was Director of Teaching and a Lecturer in Terrorism Studies at CSTPV at the University of St Andrews. Orla’s background is in International Security Studies and Applied Psychology; her primary training is as a social psychologist. She studied at both the University of St Andrews (MLitt) and University College Cork (Phd). Orla is a fellow with Hedayah and a Board member of RAN, Europe.

Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri- Chair of Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council / Head Imam Islamic Centre of Ireland

Shaykh Dr. Umar Al-Qadri is a renowned Islamic scholar based in Ireland and one of the leading Muslim clerics in Europe that promote an inclusive and plural society, and is a firm believer in interfaith and intra faith relations. He is the Chair of the Irish Muslim Peace & Integration Council and Head-Imam of Islamic Centre of Ireland.

Shaykh Umar is as Islamic scholar that promotes a European Muslim identity and encourages Muslims living in Europe and Western governments to faclitate succesful integration. Shaykh Umar is also very vocal against extremism and radicalisation and launched an “anti-extremism declaration” and “guidelines to prevent radicalisation among Muslim Youth in Ireland”. He is alumni of the International Visitor Leadership Program of the US where he participated in a program entitled “Countering Violent Extremism”

Dr. John F. Morrison – Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the Royal Holloway, University of London.

He is the programme director for the BPS accredited BSc in Criminology and Psychology. He is also currently developing an MSc in Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism Studies, due to start in the academic year 2019/20. John holds a BA in Psychology from University College Dublin, an MA in Forensic Psychology from University College Cork and a PhD in International Relations from the University of St. Andrews.


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