The Role of Families in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism

From May 23- 25, 2016, WORDE President Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi will present at a workshop on “The Role of Families in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism,” in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The workshop is hosted by Hedayah, the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism, under the auspices of Global Counter Terrorism Forum’s ( GCTF) […]

WORDE Halaqa: Reclaiming Our Faith

Please join us for our monthly halaqa (a discussion series in a traditional Islamic format)! TOPIC: Reclaiming Our Faith VIDEOS OF PREVIOUS HALAQAS: SPEAKER: Dr. Tarek Elgawhary WORDE Director of the Religious Studies Programs RSVP: To RSVP, click on the link MORE INFORMATION: Email us at

Imam & Muslim Community Roundtable

Extremist groups disrupt global peace and security as well as affect Muslim communities here in the US. In a time of increased intolerance, xenophobic rhetoric, and anxiety, what can we do to protect ourselves? On Friday, May 20, 2016 WORDE facilitated a special roundtable discussion at the Islamic Society of Washington Area (ISWA) with over […]


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 […]

Fighting ISIS at Home and Abroad featuring Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi & Senior Fellow Mehreen Farooq

  “Just because you can’t prevent every attack from happening, I’m not sure that, that’s reason to not make an effort. I’d like to think that defeating the ideology that underlies some of this is a start.” -Khurram Dara, Author, “Contracting Fear: Islamic Law in the Middle East and Middle America,” New York, New York […]

Understanding ISIS in order to Better Protect the Homeland

Testimony submitted by Dr. Hedieh Mirahmadi to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on January 20, 2016   Chairman Ron Johnson, Ranking Member Thomas Carper and members of the Committee, thank you for the honor of testifying here today on such a serious and important issue. I have been in the field of […]

WORDE Reports

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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