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At present my primary research:  Concept of Jihād in Multicultural Britain
The research is divided into three main parts (1) the concept of Jihād and its core characteristics (2) social and racial relations under the looming media campaign and setting (3) response of the law enforcement and organized counter terrorism agencies. All three parts are connected to the central theme of Jihād, and while the first part gives importance to academic research the subsequent two parts delved in field research.

While understanding the concept of Jihād and its core characteristics it also presents a comparative study of similar doctrines of war and theological concepts. In addition to that, the study goes further to fragmentize* different aspects of multicultural society and law enforcement community to set a stage for the thematic area. In this content, we will look into the police and law enforcement subculture, religious ideologies influencing war and aggression, the doctrinal conflict within the bellum justum and religious warfare, religious pacifism and moral philosophy etc. These are essential for setting the stage for the research, as it provides a better understanding of the premises the investigation venture into.

The research examines the impact of the concept of Jihād in the multicultural world and how it is interpreted and influenced social, racial relations along with the perspectives of the law enforcement and counterterrorism personnel. Yet, it should be noted that each thread of the research will also sprout additional avenues that may be superficial in the general outlook but essential for the field research. This is not mutually exclusive, mainly because both academic and field research produces further venues which are often inevitable and obligatory. As the research is multifaceted, the primary aim of the research is to examine and evaluate the current trends and orientation of the modern society and law enforcement agencies to the concept of Jihād, which in turn affect the social and ethnic relations. However, there are secondary objectives along with key research questions; which are (1) to assess the current social strata under the media façade and interpretation of Islam, (2) how the social relations are affected; (a) between Muslims (b) between Muslims and non-Muslims, (c) non-Muslims and (d) law enforcement officials which include counter terrorism agencies and military.

The research I have done
was not without problems, as I have found in the hard way, that it took considerable amount of time, money and had to take  consideration of replicability and ethical aspects. The pilot study also presented a few issues, where I had to change the methodology from direct structural qualitative to unstructured ethnographic covert participant observation. Ethnographic researches can be controversial especially when it use covert research methods.

Quite often
I feel criminological research especially when it comes to religious terrorism is like skating on thin ice not just because it is sensitive or controversial but it's our wilful blindness to the reality and our easy slip into wishful thinking.

This page
  is just a preview of my research interests, a short peek I would say, and I really would love to talk anyone  who is interested in criminological research and terrorism studies. Feel free to contact me and I will do my best to answer, in case I couldn't, I promise you that I will listen.

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* A few academics who had a chance to review some parts of the present research worried about this approach, mainly concerned if this approach leads to the problem of losing focus of the study. After careful analysis I had to follow this pattern, as a complex concept like Jihād which has its roots in, spirituality, theology, socio-legal realms, and military doctrines will produce a lot of outcomes, especially in a multicultural scenario,  and to synthesize it this approach is necessary.

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Questioning the Reality

 

Again Non scholae, sed vitae discimus is a quote from Seneca which loosely means We do not learn for the school, but for life, when it comes to my research this is an apt quote.


Confessions of a Researcher

  "A Criminologist has the obligation to question reality."  Friedrich Dürrenmatt
 
Commissioner Hans Bärlach said those words in  the 1951 novel Der Verdacht  by Friedrich Dürrenmatt . I loved that quote, the criminologist indeed has the obligation to question the reality. All researches should be, question the reality with passion and precision yet with a clinical detachment.

 I loved the way Dürrenmatt  explained  the classic methodology and the obligation of the criminologists which also applied to the researchers.

Bärlach
said, "A Criminologist has the obligation to question the reality. That's the way it is. In this regard we have to proceed like philosophers, of whom they say that first they doubt everything. Then, of course, they dig into their wisdom and come up with the most beautiful speculations about the art of dying and life after death. Only quite likely we are even more useless than they. You and I have developed a number of hypotheses. All are possible. This is the first step, the second one will be to differentiate from the possible hypotheses the probable ones. The possible and the probable are not the same. So we have to examine the degree of probability in our theses."

I know what you are thinking, you are probably comparing it with the great quote of Sherlock Holmes. It is true, In the Adventure of the Beryl Coronet  Sherlock Holmes mused, "It is an old maxim of mine that when you have excluded the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth."

The fictional criminologists show us great precipitation - when it comes to jumping to the abyss of uncertainty in search of truth and justice. After all, criminologists work not with certainties but with probabilities.

In a world academic freedom is compromised, far more than our comfort zones, someone has to carry the torch, and march forward.

I used Eva Morrale translation for the Friedrich Dürrenmatt quotes.
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