Combatting Religious Extremism in Pakistan From the Youth Perspective

  • Dr. Fayyaz Ahmad Faize COMSATS University Islamabad, Islamabad Campus
Keywords: Islam phobia, madrasahs, radicalism, religious extremism, solution


The rise of Islam, which emerged as a panacea for the world problems is seen as a problem itself by the west today. The reason for this blame is the rise of extremism and Islam phobia in the western societies. This has serious implicat-ions for personal, communal, national and international security. The involve-ment of youth in extremist exertions is very high. They are being more action-oriented, easy to be influenced by radical ideologies and as an agent for thrus-ting social change.  Keeping in consideration the role of youth in adopting to or combatting extremism, it is imperative to find the perception of this important population about the problem under investigation. The research study was conducted in six universities in the federal capital Islamabad to reach to the youth’s population. The research was guided by research questions that aimed at exploring students’ perception about extremism and its various dimensions. The researcher collected data through an open-ended questionnaire from 1840 students to seek an in-depth understanding of the problem. In order to increase credibility in the findings, the researcher conducted focused group interview with 12 young faculty members. The data from the questionnaires were conver-ted into percentages based on common themes. The interview data set were thematically analyzed to understand the causes of extremism and its suggested solutions. Recommendations were suggested to tackle the menace of extremism in Pakistan.


Author Biography

Dr. Fayyaz Ahmad Faize, COMSATS University Islamabad, Islamabad Campus

Assistant Professor,

How to Cite
Dr. Fayyaz Ahmad Faize. (2019). Combatting Religious Extremism in Pakistan From the Youth Perspective. Rahat-Ul-Quloob, 3(2), 07-20.