Dr Sadek Hamid speaks at University of HelsinkiMonday 11 May 2015
Dr Sadek Hamid from the Department of Theology, Philosophy and Religious Studies was invited to speak in a seminar at the University of Helsinki this month.
The Young Muslims Growing up in Scandinavia and the West programme explored various themes including religion, radicalisation, media, faith and fashion.
Dr Hamid, who is currently a British Academy Postdoctoral Research Fellow, gave two lectures entitled ‘Being Young, Muslim and Ordinary’ and ‘Re-thinking Radicalisation: Religion + Politics ≠ Violent Extremism’.
The event was attended by academics, students, policy makers, members of the Finnish government and will lead to a publication in the near future.
Before entering academia in 2006, Dr Hamid spent 11 years as a Youth and Community Development professional. He has been a Visiting Lecturer at the Cambridge Muslim College and was an Associate Lecturer in Islamic Studies at Liverpool Hope prior to his current role as a Research Fellow. Dr Hamid is currently researching British and American Muslim attitudes towards the concept of Jihad.
Dr Hamid said: "This conference was an opportunity to critically examine the representation of Muslim young people in Europe. It addressed some of the issues at stake, contextualised Muslim young people’s experiences in relation to wider youth trends and attitudes towards religion in the West. I think it is important to engage Muslim youth outside of problem centred frames that associate them only with radicalisation and normalise their role in our societies."