Narratives of grievance are foundational to Islamic radicalisation. It may have helped motivate 15-year-old Farhad Khalil Mohammad Jabar’s actions.
Each individual case of radicalisation has its own characteristics. But the research has highlighted some patterns that may help to explain the dark world that is drawing in some Australian youth.
An aerial view of Mecca under construction.
A deadly crowd crush has killed over 300 people at this year's Hajj. Is the pilgrimage industry just too big?
A refugee prays in a makeshift camp.
The discourse about who is and isn't welcome is taking on a disturbing new tone.
Does the media’s coverage of events such as the Sydney Lindt cafe siege deserve more scrutiny?
In an age of radicalisation, there needs to be a radical rethinking of which stories the media tells, and how.
Malaysia’s Putra Mosque almost disappears behind thick smog.
Islam may predate climate change, but ancient principles can be applied to modern problems.
The Devil infiltrates the righteous – or does he?
One of the highlights of this year's Edinburgh festival, the confusion and uncertainty in James Hogg's classic is all too familiar to us.
We cannot attribute a particular characteristic, whether positive or negative, to religion as religion does not have the ability to act.
When public policy is being shaped, it is incumbent upon public figures to be better versed in discussions surrounding religion.
Danny Nalliah’s Rise Up Australia is one example of a far-right, ‘moralistic’ party that has sprung up in recent years.
Far-right movements and parties in Australia will continue to create interest, given their policies and method of operation. Their future longevity, however, is by no means assured.
Saudi Arabia has been careful not to appear overly oppressive of groups like Islamic State for fear of antagonising its own constituents.
Saudi citizens supporting Islamic State are not the result of a coherent plan directed by its rulers, but the overflow of a long-standing system used to maintain its domestic legitimacy.
Foul in wisdom, cruel in strength.
I am I.A.M
The West should recognise the part the Muslim world must play in destroying the enemy within.
Cadbury Research Library, University of Birmingham
Hotly-contested debates about the early or late canonisation of the Qur'an may be resolved by a recent discovery.
Cameron wants to counter radical narratives.
The British PM admitted that some Muslims don't feel they have a place in the UK.
The West is preoccupied with a particular minority strand of Islam, which does not represent the Muslim majority - most of whom, including these Indonesians, are in Asia.
The Islam that causes alarm and protests in the West is not representative of the beliefs and practices of the world's Muslims. Most are Asian and they are the ones more likely to migrate to the West.
Reclaim Australia supporters at the April rallies displayed a mix of liberal and anti-Muslim slogans.
If Reclaim Australia were rallying Muslims, the liberal media would examine its religious inspirations. Yet the media treat its supporters as disgruntled individuals rather than Christian representatives.
A masked man gestures before the ISIL flag in a video released by Islamic State militants.
Militants are tapping into centuries-old literary tastes, appropriating them for their own nefarious ends.
The moderate majority of Muslims need to claim Islam as a religion of peace to counter the loud voices of extremists.
A struggle is underway for the heart and soul of Islam. Moderate Muslims need to engage in the contest to ensure their view of Islam is the one that prevails.
One needs to understand the differences in their Islamic movements to make sense of events over recent decades in Egypt and Iran.
People sometimes overlook their profound differences if social forces unite them in a common, often ill-defined desire. Hostility to Muslims is creating an imagined solidarity that Islamists can exploit.
Religions can promote division and inequality in our societies.
Fundamentalists become warriors with a simple message of salvation that is found in a naïve and literal interpretation of ancient, sacred texts.
Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, as self-declared caliph, seeks to exploit the historical resonance of the caliphate for a brutal present-day cause.
The Caliphate has inspired disputes among Muslims for centuries, but attempts at revival in modern times are unlikely to succeed. Most of the world's Muslims would not accept its authority over them.
Muslims around the world are fasting in the month of Ramadan.
Consumption increases during the month of Ramadan in countries where Muslims are the majority.