VALPARAISO – Young Muslims worldwide are being drawn to radical movements
within the religion, leading some of them to violent actions.
Understanding this shift and outlining ways to change it will be the focus
of a session tonight at Valparaiso University featuring two of the world’s
leading Islamic scholars.
“For a long time, no one was aware of fundamentalism in Islam,” said Nelly
Van Doorn-Harder, associate professor of theology at VU.
“But we know today that we need to understand why some young Muslims feel
attracted to this radicalism and what can be done to change that mindset.”
She helped arrange the lecture that will feature A. Rashied Omar and