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Radical Islamism and Jihad

Bangladesh’s Creeping Islamism
K. Anis Ahmed

The Bengali letter “o” used to stand for “ol,” a yam; now it stands for “orna,” a scarf worn by women for modesty. Texts by non-Muslim writers — including some revered as part of Bengali heritage, like the classical poet Gyandas or the contemporary novelist Sunil Gangopadhyay — have been removed. Also gone are a small excerpt from the Ramayana, a Hindu classic that Islamists reject as foreign to the Muslim canon, and songs of the Sufi icon Lalon Shah, whose syncretic faith is anathema to Muslim conservatives....

 

The Desperate Battle to Destroy ISIS – Part Two
Luke Mogelson

“I’m going to explain something to you,” Bashar said, with chilling composure. He was the only man I had not seen touch either Ahmed or Mohammad. It occurred to me that Bashar possessed the same uncanny self-command that Salem had shown in his execution video. “If Adnan had joined ISIS, I would have, too,” he said softly, as if to a child. “When Adnan joined the swat, I joined the swat. How many times did you and Alawi go to jail together? You were never apart! And now he’s ISIS and you’re a prophet?”....

 

The Desperate Battle to Destroy ISIS - Part One
Luke Mogelson

More than a hundred thousand soldiers, policemen, and government-sanctioned-militia members were expected to participate in the fight to liberate Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq. It had been occupied since June, 2014, and was now home to about six thousand militants from the Islamic State, or ISIS. The swat-team members were desperate to join the battle. They called relatives in Mosul, chain-smoked cigarettes, and excoriated the war planners, from Baghdad, who seemed to have forgotten them....

 

The Bigotry That Armed the Quebec Mosque Attacker
Haroon Siddiqui

In Quebec, Islamophobia manifested itself in a series of sensational cases, in 2007 and 2008, over the “reasonable accommodation” of religious minorities, Muslims in particular. The provincial soccer federation barred Hijab-wearing girls on the pretext of safety. It took an official commission to calm public nerves. Its 2008 report, which had the eminent philosopher Charles Taylor as an author, found there was no crisis: Sensationalist media coverage had distorted perceptions, but Muslims were not making unreasonable demands....

Scientists Are Easy Prey for Jihadism: The Insight Could Have Important Implications
Paul Vallely

What Rose has done is to highlight three specific traits that characterise the “engineering mindset”: first, it asks “why argue when there is one best solution?”; second, it asserts “if only people were rational, remedies would be simple”; and third, it appeals to those with an underlying craving for a lost order, which lies at the heart of both Salafi and Jihadi ideology. But they will need something that cannot come from western cultural experts. What the report omits to point out is that students will require input from others within their faith – to open up to them the richness of the Islamic traditions that constituted the religion before the arrival of oil-rich Salafi fundamentalism....

My Journey Away From Radical Islam
Ammar Anwer

Maududi thought that a state could either be religious or irreligious. Therefore, he did not agree with the view that secularism was just the separation of religion from a state’s affairs, but strongly argued that secularism gives rise to atheism, or a lack of belief, in society. He saw religion as the ultimate source of morality, and, so, when people became un-Islamic, society would also become unethical.....

Jihadism is no longer a metastasis which is endemic to a select few Arab and Tuareg clans dwelling in Mali's northern fringes; it is on the move and it is "jumping" ethnicity, finding a home with new groups – Songhai, Fulani and others....

 

Afghan Taliban Seek ‘To Establish an Islamic State on Earth’
Bill Roggio

Harakat-ul-Mujahideen, a Pakistani jihadist group that is closely allied with al Qaeda, “operates terrorist training camps in eastern Afghanistan,” the US government stated in 2014. The Turkistan Islamic Party, the Islamic Jihad Union, and the Imam Bukhari Jamaat, an Uzbek jihadist group that operates in both Syria and Afghanistan, have all claimed to operate camps inside Afghanistan....

 

I Went to Aleppo to Study, I Left in a Convoy of Refugees
Lina Shamy

We were desperate for the world to hear and help us. I had been frantically tweeting images and videos of destruction from eastern Aleppo. We relied on local providers who used Turkish wireless networks and satellite routers to keep Aleppo online. On Dec. 12, as Aleppo was close to falling, many of us tweeted our last calls for help. I recorded my video inside a friend’s house, my voice trembling. I feared a massacre....

 

Understanding the Concept of Salafism in Traditional Sunnism
Adis Duderija

The former tend to discuss the concept in a fleeting manner - usually by not much more than identifying Salafism's theoreticians, such as Abdul Wahhab and Ibn Taimiyah - and focus instead on the political, economic and the social dimensions behind the rise of Salafi movements. There is, accordingly, little interest in the conceptual genealogy but also the contested meanings of the concept of Salafism in the Islamic tradition....

Taliban Eulogizes Pakistani Cleric With Al Qaeda Ties
Bill Roggio

His death is “an irreparable loss for the entire Muslim world and specifically for the followers of knowledge, Dawah [preaching] and Jihad.” The Taliban thanked him for providing “Jihadi services.”Salimullah was one of the founders of Jamia Farooqia, an Islamic university in Karachi, Pakistan known to have “strong connections to the Taliban movement in Afghanistan...

 

The Myth of Two Extremes in Pakistan
Umair Javed

The incident has revealed something supremely rotten in Pakistan’s state and society. Instead of provoking unequivocal condemnation, the abduction of several activists has spawned mass indifference, or much worse, victim-blaming. Some days ago, I was informed by a gentleman in Lahore that those missing were prominent ‘anti-state’ and ‘anti-Islam’ agents thus implying they deserved their fate....

 

Young Symbol of Afghan Resilience Joins List of Lost Leaders
Mujib Mashal

The attack in Kandahar this week seemed expressly aimed at breaking down the cause that Mr. Shamsi and his colleagues were dedicated to: trying to restore faith in government after years of devastating war and disappointing failures....

 

I Escaped Death in Dhaka, Bangladesh, By Reciting From the Quran
Linda Pressly

When five armed Islamist militants stormed a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 1 July 2016, 29 people lost their lives. Emerging from the appalling, bloody debris are stories of immense courage. There are also unanswered questions about what happened to some of those who died....


 

General Zia and President Erdogan both came to power after a coup against the establishment. “Both strengthened their control over the government by employing similar tactics: oppressing freedom of expression, arresting and torturing political opponents, controlling educational and religious institutes and harnessing the tides of global politics for their own benefit....

 

Indonesia's Pakistanisation: 'Your Cousins Are Your Potential Enemies'
Julia Suryakusuma

When the Islamic State (IS) group declared itself a caliphate, some Indonesian students in Pakistan, especially those in the JI network (due to their parents being members of JI), departed for Syria and became members of the Katibah Nusantara (KN) meaning Katibah Archipelago. Who are they? None less than the Southeast Asian military unit within IS. They are composed mainly of Malay-speaking individuals and received notoriety as the perpetrators of the 2016 Jakarta attacks. Scary or what?....

 

He said he believed the presence of IS could pose a more dangerous threat to Pakistan than the Taliban and other militants, because “it has penetrated in urban educated youth through social media and has enough resources too to lure them to Syria and Afghanistan in the name of jihad”....

 

Afghanistan Now A ‘Continual Emergency’, As War Drives Record Numbers From Their Homes
Bilal Sarwary

“The staggering numbers also confirm a worrying trend: Afghanistan is experiencing significant, year-on-year increases in the number of families driven from their homes,” said Danielle Moylan, a spokeswoman from OCHA. “The numbers of IDPs in 2016 are three-fold that recorded in 2014, and six times more than recorded in 2012.” ...

 

Studying Failed Suicide Bombers of Pakistan

The debate on what drives men, women and children to let someone strap on a bomb has largely focused on poverty and misinterpretation of religion. The indiscriminate use of suicide bombing continues to test the ability of states and law enforcement agencies to come up with ways to prevent it. The academic and lay public are still largely bewildered with how a person can choose to “use their bones as bullets, their flesh as gunpowder and their blood as fuel”....

Islamic State Violence in Turkey Fuels Culture Wars and Widens Generation Gaps
James M. Dorsey

So did many young women, bent on defending Ms. Nasser’s and their right to enjoy life in the face of criticism that she had violated Islamic mores by visiting a nightclub and celebrating New Year, a secular feast of the infidels. Their struggle often marks a rejection of the more traditional social mores of their elders....

 

Changing Pattern of Islamic State Terror Points to New Dangers
Peter Jennings

This is a worrying development. In the past two years most of the so-called Islamic State’s planned or inspired terror attacks ended with the attackers taking their own lives on purpose, by blowing themselves up or fighting until they were killed. There is still no shortage of individuals seeking martyrdom and the Islamic State leadership continues to use foreign fighters in that role. But after years of conflict there is now a cohort of savvy, battle-hardened fighters more interested in killing than being killed.....

Urban Jihadists: For Them the Ends Justify the Means
Abdul Basit

Most of the militants of this generation are between 18 and 30 years old and they have gone through a relatively shorter period of radicalisation. While the motivational factors may vary from individual-to-individual and area-to-area, they all seem to be obsessed with ideas of the so-called caliphate, Hijrah and the end-time narratives. It is extreme in its methods, unapologetically brutal and morally consequentialist. For them, the ends justify the means.

In Fact: to India’s East, an Emerging Sanctuary for Al-Qaeda
Praveen Swami

There are at least some indications that ethnic Bangladeshi networks in the UK, key to financing jihadist operations in their country of origin, might have some role in Myanmar, too. In December, two AQIS-linked message boards reposted messages “from a brother”, saying he was “personally travelling on the 20th of December to Burma with a few brothers to help” displaced Rohingya....

 

Address the Radicalization of Muslim Youth Head-On
Sheema Khan

Just as there has been an explosion of parental resources on Internet safety for children, so too should there be development of parental workshops on prevention of radicalization, for parents are often the first to notice subtle changes in their children. What should parents be aware of? How do they speak to their children? What signs should they look for? And what resources are available in case one’s child seems to have fallen prey?...

 

The Istanbul Attack Marks A New Age Of Terror In Turkey
Yavuz Baydar

Weeks before New Year’s Eve, banners were hung by pro-government Islamist organisations in Turkey’s cities, telling people that “Muslims don’t celebrate Christmas”, followed by photos depicting groups of young men in local dress, chasing Santa Claus with guns and knives...

 
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