Dr. Tarek Elgawhary Provides Congressional Testimony on the Ideology of ISIS

On Tuesday June 21, 2016 Dr. Tarek Elgawhary, WORDE Director of Religious Studies, testified at the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on “The Ideology of ISIS.” The well-attended hearing was convened to discuss ISIS’ ideology and its relation to and motivation for so-called “lone wolf” actors like the shooter in the June […]

Roundtable Discussion with Prince George’s County Police Chief, Henry Stawinski & the Muslim Community

                On June 2, 2016 WORDE convened a special community forum with representatives of the Muslim American community in Prince George’s County to meet with the Chief of Police, Henry Stawinski. Hosted at the Islamic Research and Humanitarian Service Center of America (IRHSCA), the event drew approximately two […]

Community Leaders Come Together to Condemn Violence and Bigotry

On Monday June 13, 2016 over 200 community leaders, activists, representatives from faith-based organizations and members of the law enforcement community attended a solidarity event to speak out against hate and violence organized by Dr. Hedieh Mirahmaid (WORDE President), Hamza Khan (Muslim Democratic Club Chairperson) and Patrick Paschall (Executive Director of Free State Legal). Over […]


Washington Post Reports on WORDE’s ICC Survey of the Impact of Bullying on Muslim Students

The Washington Post reports on a recent survey the International Cultural Center (ICC) administered in Montgomery County to measure the impact of bullying on students in the county. The ten question survey was administered in January 2016, and asked students to reflect back on their experiences in the past six months, to understand some of […]

PBS Highlights WORDE’s Community- Led Efforts to Prevent Violent Extremism in The US

PBS recently highlighted WORDE’s community- led efforts to prevent violent extremism in the US. The feature includes a clip from a special event WORDE’s International Cultural Center hosted with residents from the Asbury retired community in which the elderly shared their experiences of overcoming discrimination and adversity. The program was designed to empower youth who […]

Belonging Nowhere: Marginalization & Radicalization Risk among Muslim Immigrants

Research into the psychology of terrorism suggests that a person’s cultural identity plays a key role in radicalization, so WORDE teamed up with researchers Dr. Sarah Lyons,  Dr. Michelle Gelfand, and Marieke van Egmond for a study to understand how immigrant acculturation challenges in the US may be linked to radicalization. We found that immigrants who […]

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Engaging and Empowering Pakistan’s Civil Society for Countering Violent Extremism

WORDE Launches Two New Reports on Pakistan Over the past several years, WORDE has been leading a comprehensive study through 35 cities and villages in Pakistan to explore the capacity of civil society for peacebuilding. We’ve identified over 100 local organizations that have implemented viable and innovative peacebuilding programs, ranging from inter-ethnic dialogues to fatwas […]

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