Dr. Aref Nayed on Extremism, Trauma and Therapy addressing the rise of ISIS
The Founder and Director of Kalam Research & Media (KRM) argued that ISIS "weaponises" trauma in order to instill fear within the territories they operate. This discussion, as part of the Regional Social and Cultural Studies, is timely given the recent terror attacks that happened in Brussels, Turkey and Pakistan recently, all of which were linked to ISIS. Dr Nayed reflected on the traumatising conditions of contemporary Middle East, and comparing them with the conditions in Europe, post-World War 1. He also examined how ISIS weaponises trauma in order to gain sympathy. During the Q&A segment, Dr Nayed addressed questions on counter-narrative towards radicalism, the role of theologians in curbing ISIS, and the role of Sufism in counter-terrorism efforts. All in all, he argued that countering terror requires the co-operation of theologians, historians, psychologists, and psychiatrists because it is considered a complex problem that transcends theology. Responding to a question on local strands of Islam, Dr Nayed commended local attempts which promote a more tolerant face of Islam.
Dr. Aref Ali Nayed lectures in Arabic on Compassion and Knowledge in Islam [Arabic]Dr. Aref Ali Nayed lectures in Arabic on Compassion and Knowledge in Islam at the Zawiya of Sidi Al-Masri in Tripoli Libya in September 2010
Compassion and Understanding in Islam - Part 2The Bradley Lecture at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Rome Italy, held in May of 2007
Compassion and Understanding in Islam - Part 1The Bradley Lecture at the Pontifical Institute for Arabic and Islamic Studies in Rome Italy, held in May of 2007
Growing Ecologies of Peace, Compassion and BlessingDr. Aref Ali Nayed's lecture at Cambridge Inter-Faith Programme, Faculty of Divinity, Cambridge University England. The lecture is a response to the "Muscat Manifesto" and was held on Wednesday21st October 2009