22 December 2019
The first doctoral thesis from the Department of Sociology presented by the researcher Muhammad Saif Al Shamsi on the Phenomenon of Religious Extremism as part of the PhD in Crime and Criminal Justice was discussed at the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Sharjah. His Excellency Prof. Hamid M.K. Al Naimiy, Chancellor of the University of Sharjah, attended the defense along with Prof. Maamar Bettayeb, Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Studies, and Prof. Raafat El-Awady, Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. The thesis aims to study the phenomenon of religious extremism and to know the efforts made in to confront the phenomenon and highlight its characteristics and tools.
Prof. Ahmed Falah Alomosh, thesis supervisor, emphasized that it undertook a study on the phenomenon of religious extremism that many societies suffer from, and the most important findings of the study were addressed, including: providing a strategic quadrilateral analysis of the phenomenon of religious extremism, providing a strategic vision to confront that phenomenon, and presenting a scenario using soft power tools within the framework of smart power to confront the phenomenon.
The study also included a set of recommendations, namely: consolidating the values of tolerance and citizenship policy incubating all components of society on an equal footing, preparing programs that are based on a culture of pluralism and accepting the other opinion and promoting diversity and acquaintance between peoples, holding discussions in conferences with young people, and qualifying a team of strategists work to develop soft power tools and use them with smart power to counter the phenomenon.
Then the thesis was discussed with the members of the jury consisting of the external jury member His Excellency Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, an international expert and a member of the Federal National Council and former President of the UAE University; the Chairman of the Committee Prof. Hussain Mohammad Al Othman, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Science and Professor of Development and Social Policy Department of Sociology; and the Supervisor of the thesis are Prof. Dr. Ahmed Falah Alomosh, Professor of Criminology at the Department of Sociology; and the internal jury member Prof. Muhammad Shallal Al-Ani, Professor of Criminal Law at the University.