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This research deals with the phenomenon of religious extremism, which has become more widespread in our contemporary Muslim societies. It is one of the most important issues in the Islamic world that impede civil peace in the Muslim community. In such a painful reality, there is a need to analyze the phenomenon in depth to understand its real causes and effects. This study aims to: (1) identify the causes of religious extremism by considering its causes in our contemporary Muslim societies, whether it is related to the intellectual misunderstanding of religion or due to the hostility of facts (2) identify and analyze the implications of religious extremism on contemporary Muslim societies. This study adopted a descriptive analytical approach based on previous academic research on the topic and revealed several important findings. First, most of the violent and extremist ideas in the Muslim community emerged from the womb of suffering from injustice, oppression and tyranny, along with other unfair social and economic conditions. Second, by studying the causes that led to religious extremism in Muslim community, it is concluded that our societies are not immune. They do not have sufficient barriers to the threat of religious extremism. Third, among the effects of religious extremism is distracting the nation from fulfilling its civilizational goals. In addition, the research alludes to the difficulty of getting rid of this incurable disease, unless the collective awareness of Muslims changes.
KEYWORDS: Phenomenon, Religious Extremism, Muslim Community.