Interfaith Dialogue to Counter Radicalization in Bangladesh: An Approach to Move from Extremism to Pluralism

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  • Shahla Shahreen Department of World Religions and Culture, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh

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https://doi.org/10.3329/ssr.v40i1.69082

Keywords:

Interfaith Dialogue, Radicalization, Religious Extremism, Religious Harmony

Abstract

The fundamental objective of this research paper is to examine how interfaith dialogue can be an effective mechanism to combat the forces of radicalization and extremism in Bangladesh. To unveil the answer to this question, this study has explored the nature of the politicization of Islam and the scope of Islamic fundamentalism in Bangladesh. Reviewing the existing pieces of literature, this research paper has identified that there has been a rise in Islamic extremism since the beginning of the 21st century, which evolved throughout the last two decades changing in its nature and intensity. It has illustrated that after the military coup of 1975, the military rulers and the following democratic governments of Bangladesh carried on the tendency of politicizing religion and have used state mechanisms to Islamize Bangladeshi society. However, to address this recent trend of rising militancy, interfaith dialogue can be an effective approach that will shrink the potential of radicalization and extremism in Bangladesh. This study proposes incorporating an interreligious curriculum in the education system of Bangladesh and the engagement of religious preachers as well as mass people of different faiths including various sects of each religion in such interfaith dialogue initiatives to improve understanding and compassion.

Social Science Review, Vol. 40(1), Jun 2023 Page 165-184

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2023-10-11

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Shahreen, S. (2023). Interfaith Dialogue to Counter Radicalization in Bangladesh: An Approach to Move from Extremism to Pluralism. Social Science Review, 40(1), 165–184. https://doi.org/10.3329/ssr.v40i1.69082

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