Social injustice among primary drivers of youth radicalisation: Kyrgyz theologian


BISHKEK -- Social injustice is one of the main reasons youth become involved in extremist organisations, says Kyrgyz theologian Kadyr Malikov, reported.

Malikov, a member of Kyrgyzstan's Ulema Council, made his remarks Tuesday (February 6) during a video conference titled "How to curb the spread of radical ideology among the Muslims in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)."

Another factor is poor knowledge of Islam among youth, according to Malikov.

Injustice and the stratification of society into the poor and the rich are "pushing young people to search for answers in Islam to their -- primarily ideological -- questions", Malikov said.

"The fact is that today's youth sees in Islam not just rituals -- reading prayers, observance of Orozo [Eid ul Fitr] and others -- but [also] answers, to a greater extent, to political issues," he said.

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