Understanding American Muslim Converts in the Context of Security and Society
This project, funded by the Minerva Initiative is a collaboration with colleagues at GCORE (co-PI Dr. Scott Flower), the University of Melbourne, and Queensland University of Technology. The project will run for three years (beginning 1 January 2016) and seeks to understand how and why Muslim converts are over-represented in violent extremism. To achieve this, the project examines the scale of growth, causes and processes of Islamic conversion in America and to contextualize and understand several related trends. Through such knowledge we seek to establish a clearer empirical understanding not only of certain aspects of the violent extremism process, but more broadly we seek to provide an understanding of Muslim converts in America in the hope that this research may improve social cohesion and interfaith dialogue between non-Muslim and Muslim Americans working together to strengthen global security.
PI: Professor John Horgan