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Interfaith Dialogue for Combating Extremism among Young People

Explore the role of interfaith education in preventing forms of violent extremism and building resilient communities.

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Interfaith Dialogue for Combating Extremism among Young People

Learn how interfaith dialogue builds resilience to the influences of extremism

On this course, you’ll be introduced to interfaith and learn how to implement interfaith initiatives to encourage understanding between faiths and communities.

You’ll uncover radicalisation and extremism and learn how interfaith can contribute to resilience, which you’ll discover is key when responding to violence and polarisation.

You’ll also explore the practical challenges of conducting interfaith actions and dialogue, and use your experience to develop your own approach to dealing with issues that support the spreading of extremist ideas.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 13 seconds Have you read the news today? Do you see how terrorism, extremism, violence, and the surge of the far right in Europe are threatening our societies? How they fuel fear in our lives. Fear of the other. Of other communities, of other people, of other cultures, of other beliefs. But we can do something about this. We can understand and contrast our fear of the other. We can break down stereotypes, prejudice, and mistrust. We can extend a hand of friendship across borders, religions, and beliefs. We can do this through interfaith, which can take place at all levels. Among religious leaders, experts and politicians, but also, and most importantly, at the community and grassroots level. Among people.

Skip to 1 minute and 6 seconds Projects from those sponsored by international organisations and governments to those organised at the local level. All these interfaith activities and initiatives can contribute to building a more cohesive and peaceful society. Do you want to know more? Than join us in this course. You will learn about the issues facing modern day Europe and the world, including polarisation and violent extremism, as well as the rise of Islamophobia, anti-Semitism, and the far right. You will discover from experts and from people like yourselves interesting and successful examples of interfaith projects and initiatives, and you will learn how to develop your own project to support your local community in being resilient and in combating violent extremism and polarisation. Sign up now.


  • Week 1

    Violent Extremism and Resilience

    • Introduction to the Course

      This activity aims to offer an introduction to the course, to show learners what the desired learning outcomes are and to introduce them to the educators.

    • Violent Extremism and Polarisation

      This activity aims to introduce the learner to discussions about violent extremism and polarisation, including definitions of the terms, different theories as to why they happen and where they manifest.

    • Understanding Resilience

      Looking at case studies and critical reflections on resilience

  • Week 2

    Interfaith and Resilience

    • The Context of Interfaith

      Exploring the world around interfaith and the key issues interfaith looks to respond to.

    • Barriers and enablers to interfaith

      How can we understand the barriers and enablers to thinking about interfaith

    • How does interfaith work?

      Further exploring the kinds of interfaith and giving examples of existing interfaith projects.

  • Week 3

    Creating an Interfaith Project

    • Putting interfaith into practice

      The activity will explore how to consider what problems you are looking to respond to and what approaches can be, and have been, used.

    • Planning your own project

      This activity explores how to create your own interfaith activity and the practicalities to consider in its planning.

    • Mobilising resources and assessing impact

      This activity looks at how you can identify and mobilise the resources you can access to create an interfaith project, as well as the best way to assess its impact and sustainability.

    • Final Assignment

      This activity is a final peer-reviewed assignment which will help you to consider how to draft and enact your own interfaith project.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Reflect on what is resilience to violent extremism and how it can be achieved
  • Assess different approaches to interfaith dialogue and interfaith education projects
  • Develop your own interfaith dialogue project
  • Evaluate the impact of different interfaith approaches to preventing and combating polarisation in society

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for anyone interested in radicalisation, but will be of particular interest to civil society activists, religious organisations, formal and non-formal educators, social workers and local authorities.

Who will you learn with?

Anna Triandafyllidou is Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration at Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

Richard McNeil-Willson is the Research Associate for the BRaVE Project, based at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy

Director of CEJI-A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe and architect of the award winning training programme Belieforama: A Panoramic Approach to Issues of Religion or Belief.

Who developed the course?

European University Institute (EUI)

The European University Institute offers doctoral and post-doctoral training in the social sciences. It hosts the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and the Historical Archives of the EU.

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