The problem of extremism is not limited to violence, but includes the inculcation of a mindset that encourages fundamentalism, discrimination against non-conforming individuals and communities, and separatism from mainstream society. This threatens development efforts, economic participation/growth, and integration of diverse populations, including women and minorities, into public spaces.
This is where AIM efficiently builds bridges. Through a multi-tiered strategy, AIM brings into the CVE/PVE fold moderate and progressive Islamic scholarship, whose values inform grassroots engagement that is not limited to faith-based programming, but includes educational, civil, social, and cultural activities, and gender and minority inclusion. This multidisciplinary approach—addressing the distortion and instrumentalization of religion or belief, and religious, gender-based, ethnic, and cultural differences and diversities—is explicitly reflected in Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on “promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development”, as well as in the United Nations Secretary-General’s Plan of Action for the Prevention of Violent Extremism as an integral facet of a global, holistic, and human rights-affirming PVE framework that should inform national plans of action for PVE.