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Notre Dame Press Partners with Contending Modernities Initiative on Book Studying Religious Intolerance

In partnership with the Contending Modernities initiative, the University of Notre Dame Press is proud to announce the publication of a new title in the Contending Modernities series: Youth, Education, and Islamic Radicalism: Religious Intolerance in Contemporary Indonesia by Mun’im Sirry, associate professor of theology at the University of Notre Dame.

Youth, Education, and Islamic Radicalism offers groundbreaking analysis of religious intolerance and radicalization among high school and university students in modern-day Indonesia. “Youth, Education, and Islamic Radicalism addresses a burning question that is on the mind of educators, parents, psychologists, religious leaders, and politicians across the world: How, where, and why do young Muslim adults get radicalized?” says Pieternella van Doorn-Harder, author of Women Shaping Islam. “Focusing on the situation in Indonesia, Sirry provides an in-depth analysis of the complex interactions between a student’s background, environment, culture, and education and the influence of peer pressure and teachers.”

The book presents nuanced explanations as to why one person becomes radicalized while another does not, calling into question the common assumption that religious radicalism is directly connected to terrorism.

Youth, Education, and Islamic Radicalism is available for sale directly from the University of Notre Dame Press at undpress.nd.edu or wherever books are sold.

ABOUT THE CONTENDING MODERNITIES INITIATIVE: Contending Modernities (CM) is a major interdisciplinary effort to generate new knowledge and greater understanding of the ways in which religious and secular forces interact in the modern world. In its first phase, the initiative examined how Islam and Catholicism have understood, accommodated, altered, and resisted the radical transformations that have characterized the modern world. As it has grown, the initiative has engaged other discursive traditions and expanded its geographic focus to include projects in Indonesia, South Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa, and introduced a thematic focus on decoloniality.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME PRESS: The University of Notre Dame Press, the largest Catholic university press in the world, publishes academic and general interest books that engage the most enduring questions of our time. The Press primarily publishes in areas that align with the academic strengths of the University of Notre Dame, including religion, theology, history, philosophy, political science and theory, medieval studies, Irish studies, Latin American studies, and international relations. Through reviews, scholarly citations, and translations, Notre Dame Press books extend the reach and reputation of the University.

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