Why even Indian origin strains of Islam are likely to give way to Radicalism in Bangladesh?

New Age Islam November 06, 2020 Since its inception, Bangladesh has got a great adherence to the syncretic Indian-origin Islamic heritage with its inherent inclusivism as an integral part of identity for the Bengali Muslims. Most Muslim denominations in Bangladesh—Deobandis, Barelwis & Sunni-Sufis who are around 96%—have their centrality in India. But what has happened recently that even these Indian-origin strains are likely to give way to radical Islamist streams? In the case of the Vienna terror incident, the Austrian police has detained 14 youths including the two young Bangladeshi…

The rise of radical Barelvi Islam in Pakistan

By Kriti M. Shah, Observer Research Foundation Dated: November 13, 2018 In November 2018, the Pakistan government agreed to a deal with violent Islamist protestors, who had brought the country to a standstill for three days. The protestors were members of hardline Tehreek-e-Labbaik Pakistan or TLP, who were against the acquittal of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman accused of blasphemy in 2010. Her crime was that she took a sip of water from a well that was not meant for her and then she allegedly insulted Prophet Mohammad. In the…

Radical Islamist English language online magazines: Research guide, Strategic insights and Policy response

By Robert J. Bunker and Pamela Ligouri Bunker Strategic Studies Institute and U.S. Army War College Press Radical Islamist online magazines first appeared in November 2003 with the publication of Sawt al-Jihad (Voice of Jihad) in Arabic. This magazine discontinued publication in April 2005 after 29 issues, having been shut down by the Saudi security services. The magazine was produced by the Saudi branch of al-Qaeda that later evolved into al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). It called upon other al-Qaeda groups todevelop and franchise their own magazines. Besidesthe plethora…

Domination of Pakistan by Radical Islamists

By P.K. Upadhyay, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses Dated: June 14, 2013 Pakistani Radical Islamists (RIs) seem to have been the actual winners in the recently concluded Pakistan elections. The RIs, comprising the Pashtuns belonging to the Tehriq-e-Taliban Pakistan, their Punjabi and Pakistan based Kashmiri cohorts belonging to a big chunk of the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba and the Jamaat-ud Daw’ah, almost the entire Sipah-e-Sahaba Pakistan and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, the Jaish-e-Mohammad and a number of other radical Islamic militant groups, swear allegiance to Deobandi/Wahabi/Salafi schools of Islam. They also identify with Al-Qaida’s radical…

More questions than answers about Islamic radicalisation

By Breda O’Brien, The Irish Times Dated: March 16, 2019 Lisa Smith, the 37-year-old Irish woman and former soldier who married an Isis fighter and now wants to return to Ireland, is emblematic of a problem facing the West. What caused people to choose such a vicious ideology?And what is now to be done, particularly with the women and minors who embraced the Caliphate and are now left destitute in various camps?Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has been adamant that Smith will not be left stateless but that she will face investigation and…

“Where Do I Belong?” – Identity Crises and Islamic Radicalism

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  By Francesco Bergoglio Errico   European Eye on Radicalisation Dated: September 12, 2018   The West is home to many young Muslims balancing between traditional Islamic culture and the secularized multicultural societies they live in. They are effectively “hybrids”, shaped by two often contrasting forces which structure their identity. The balancing act can be difficult for some of these young people. They are often not understood by school teachers, by older adults with Western roots in wider society, by local imams, and even by their “old-fashioned” families. They feel they can…

Only Free Speech Can Stop Radical Islam

By Soraya Deen, Founder of the Muslim Women Speakers Movement Dated: April 18,2018, Dailycaller.com One of the greatest challenges facing the United States is how to confront violent radical Islam. And moderate American Muslims have a crucial role to play in facing this problem head on and promoting a real and honest dialogue—free of political correctness and comforting lies—about the true nature of radical Islam. A study done by the Pew Research Centre on Muslim in Islam found that 49 percent of Americans find U.S. Muslims anti-American. About a quarter say…