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Radicalization in South Asia

Radicalization in South Asia
Context, Trajectories and Implications

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Mubashar Hasan - Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages, University of Oslo, Norway
  • Kenji Isezaki - Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies, Graduate School of Global Studies, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan
  • Sameer Yasir - Former Assistant Professor, Centre for International Relational, Peace and Conflict Studies, Islamic University of Science and Technology, India

September 2019 | 372 pages | SAGE India
Radicalization in South Asia: Context, Trajectories and Implications presents a critical overview of radicalism, violence and terrorism in South Asia, a region that is diverse in terms of demography, religion, culture and political ideologies. While diversity could have worked as a push factor in strengthening democracies in the region, historically, fault lines in the South Asian faiths, culture, ethnicity, nationalism and political ideologies have triggered radical movements, and unleashed violence and terror attacks to destabilize democracies in the region. 

Against the backdrop of the current wave of illiberalism and radicalism sweeping over the US, Europe, Middle East, Australia and Latin America, this book presents the most recent scenario of the context, trajectories and policy implications for radicalism, violence and terrorism in five South Asian countries including India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Maldives. It emphasizes the comparative insights provided by the changing values of South Asian society to offer a comprehensive picture of radicalization in this region.

Foreword by Irfan Habib
Mubashar Hasan, Kenji Isezaki and Sameer Yasir
Introduction to Radicalization in South Asia: Context, Trajectories and Implications
Maidul Islam
Fortunes of Radicalism: Indian Maoists and the Dead End of Politics
Noor Ahmed Baba
Kashmir’s Syncretic Tradition and Challenges of Radicalization in a Raging Conflict
Nazneen Mohsina and Sinan Siyech
Terrorist Narratives and Recruitment in South Asia: The India Factor
Azim Zahir
Religious and Political Transformations in the Maldives: The Macro-Level Contexts of Radicalization
Iraj De Alwis, Anishka De Zylva and Barana Waidyatilake
Counter-radicalization in Sri Lanka: A Blueprint for Action
Raafia Raees Khan and Feriha N. Peracha
Deradicalizing Militant Youth in Northern Pakistan
Fatima Waqi Sajjad
Countering Radicalization through Education: Global Policy Trends and the Case of Pakistan
Asif bin Ali
Bangladesh’s ‘War on Terror’ and Madrasa Education
Shahab Enam Khan
The Gender Dimension of Extremism: The Unfolding Links between Women and Extremism in Bangladesh
Bulbul Siddiqi
Perception of the Pathways towards Radicalization among Urban Youth in Bangladesh
Mahbubur Rahman
Developing Counter-narrative for De-radicalization in Bangladesh: Issues and Challenges

‘We are constantly told that in understanding radicalization, the context and deep knowledge of local dynamics is crucial. That is why this book is such an important contribution. It will be a must read for anyone looking to understand the complex dynamics of radicalization and extremism in South Asia.’ 

Dr Andrew Blum,
Executive Director, Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, University of San Diego, USA

‘The literature on radicalization focuses mostly on the Middle East and Europe. The editors of the present volume have rightly pointed to the multifaceted scene of radicalization in South Asia and put together a fascinating collection of case studies. The chapters add new perspectives on the cause and context of radicalization, from the local and psychological to the global and structural, perspectives that will add value not only to the literature on radicalization as such but also to the literature on South Asia.’

Dr Arild Engelsen Ruud,
Professor, South Asia Studies, University of Oslo, Norway

‘This book is a South–South effort, a fact that increases its relevance and importance. Its context-specific recommendations in several cases offer guidance to policymakers and practitioners, directly from the coalface. As such, this book is an important contribution to both the literature and practice.’

Dr Des Molloy,
Senior Programme Director, The Nippon Foundation, Japan
Key features
• It investigates the current perspective, trajectories and consequences of radicalization by theoretical discussion and from experience drawn from the field by practitioners.

• It brings in an attention-grabbing scenario that underpins how politics, culture, society, and religion still play a significant role in South Asian societies.

• It in many ways challenges the perspective that religion is dead and in fact offers a counter-narrative.

• Most or all the books written on radicalization in South Asia tend to focus on Islam, whereas this book offers a welcome break in this regard.

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