Islamic Council of Victoria wants research into terrorism and radicalization to not offend Muslims

Under proposed new guidelines for university partners, any research would have to minimise harm to Muslims while maximising community benefits.

So, what if religion is found to be a motivating factor for jihadis? Would that be construed as doing damage to the Muslim community?

Herald Sun, October 16, 2017.

THE state’s peak Islamic body wants a say in how universities research Muslim issues amid claims there is too much focus on terrorism and youth radicalisation.

A report by the the Islamic Council of Victoria said that Muslim research was a “growth industry” but negative portrayal of the community was causing distress to members, especially youth.

Under proposed new guidelines for university partners, any research would have to minimise harm to Muslims while maximising community benefits.

Academics would need to consider the effects of research results on the community’s “self-perception or beliefs, on perceptions outside the community, or on social service delivery within the community”.

Published on the ICV’s website, the guidelines were adapted from a model created by Yale University in the US.

The council said that feedback from its members indicated that some researchers lacked an understanding of the diversity of the Muslim community, its culture and history.

“Research which focuses on Muslims through the lens of law enforcement, counter-terrorism, criminology or radicalisation also reinforces those narratives which support Islamophobia,” the report said.

“Muslim youth were clear that their mental health was deteriorating from the overabundance of

public policies, media reports and research ‘evidence’ focusing on a negative future.”

At the same time, there was lack of data in areas including family violence, sexual health, drugs and alcohol, housing and prison incarceration rates.

The paper said that many community members “doubt the cultural appropriateness and rigour of ‘Muslim research’ and feel excluded from its benefits”.

“Increasingly, Muslims seek more meaningful influence on the design of research, shared decision-making and better training in the research process,” the report said.

In July, the state government threatened to withdraw funding from the ICV after it suggested Muslim youth should have taxpayer-funded “safe spaces” where they could share “inflammatory” views…..