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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad

Toward The ‘Islamist’ Crossroad in the Anti-Terror Fight
Murat Yetkin

Generally speaking, the adjective “Islamic” is used to define a faith, culture and a way of life, whereas “Islamist” is used to define a political line with the ultimate target of the domination of Islamic Sharia law as a political system. Erdogan, like many other Muslims, has been opposing to the use of the term because of his concern that ordinary men would not care too much about the linguistic difference and develop Islamophobic feelings....

 

Saudis’ Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism: Tread Cautiously
Shankar Roychowdhury

So even as the Islamic Military Alliance seeks to coordinate action against terrorism within Islamic countries, it must also ensure that Islamic countries like Pakistan which export and propagate terrorism against secular neighbouring countries like India are brought under control. The two countries with the largest Muslim populations in the world are not part of the Islamic Schindler’s List drawn up by Saudi Arabia....

 

Can a Satire of ISIS Possibly Be Funny? BBC Viewers Are Split
Dan Bilefsky

In Israel, a promoter for gay events that organizes parties around Tel Aviv drew criticism after publicizing a party using pictures of handsome young men in poses inspired by ISIS beheading videos. But others praised the ads for turning the group’s violent homophobia on its head....

How Not To Fight Terror
Aijaz Zaka Syed

How Not To Fight Terror
Aijaz Zaka Syed

Nothing could be further from the truth. The Arabs and Muslims around the world are as distressed and saddened by these senseless killings and attacks targeting innocent bystanders. Indeed, their pain is even more acute considering these cowardly acts are ostensibly carried out in their name and in the name of their faith....

Navigating War: Has the War in Syria Also Destroyed Journalism?
Dr Ramzy Baroud

Without reserve, I always find comparing massacres – to find out which is worse – tasteless, if not inhumane. What is the point in this, aside from mitigating the effect of a terrible tragedy, by comparing it to a hypothetically much greater tragedy? Or, as the French have done, perhaps exaggerating the human toll to create the type of fear that often leads to reckless political and military action?...

 

Moreover, as Bangladesh depends on migration of its workforce abroad for remittances, it has also received Wahhabi and Salafi ideology along with these remittances. The Gulf countries have also fuelled extremism through charities and donations for mosques and Qaumi madrasas....

 

“Jewish extremism has eroded the moral core of Judaism, Islamic extremism has led to deep suspicion of Islam by others and Christians have abandoned the teaching of Jesus to support persecution of others and the use of violence,”...

 

How Far Does Saudi Arabia’s Influence Go? Look At Nigeria
Alex Thurston

There is no question that Saudi Arabia had significant influence over the development of Salafism in northern Nigeria. One of the key movers in early, proto-Salafist activism in northern Nigeria was Abubakar Gumi, a senior judge and skilled preacher who supervised the creation of the mass-based, Salafist-leaning Izala movement in 1978. ...

 

Does the World Have a Credible Civilian Partner in Pakistan?
Mohammad Taqi

The Uri attack came in the ninth year of uninterrupted democracy in Pakistan and yet the thrice-elected prime minister was not able to utter a word about the shenanigans of his generals. This begs the question of whether the world has a credible civilian partner in Pakistan? Modi and Ghani seem to have concluded that the answer is no....

 

Kerala Man, Sajeer Mangalachari Abdullah, Is Key Islamic State ‘Recruiter’ Luring Indian Volunteers to Afghanistan
Praveen Swami

Faced with the fall of the so-called caliphate in ongoing offensives targeting its twin bases in Raqqa and Mosul, intelligence officials say, the Islamic State has been telling Indian volunteers keen for military training to make their way to Afghanistan instead. It has also been pushing them to stage attacks at home, providing detailed do-it-yourself instructions on manufacturing explosive devices....

 

Does India Need To Worry About Islamic State?
Yogita Limaye

India is governed by a right wing party with Hindu nationalist associations. In the past two years, fringe elements have been drumming up religious tensions, although there has not been a major incident of communal violence. It is a situation however, that could lead to insecurity among Muslims who feel victimised or marginalised. Islamic State does seem to be aiming at them. In May it released a rare video promising to avenge Indian Muslims who were killed during the 2002 Gujarat riots and in Kashmir...

‘Hijacking’ Of Religious Symbols by Extremists Intensifies Rifts and Tensions

Once they are used for extreme extremist views, these symbols are effectively ‘ruined’. The popular negative associations become powerful through media and all rational efforts to explain these are unfortunately, often destined to fail, intensifying the rifts and tensions....

 

What Is Terrorism, And Is It Getting Worse?
Frederic Lemieux

The religious wave, from 1980 to the present, emerged from the Iranian Revolution and the invasion of Afghanistan by the Soviet Union and grew as a movement of resistance against Western influences. This modern wave of terrorism is not limited to jihadists. It also includes violence perpetrated by Christian extremists like the Lord’s Resistance Army....

 

The Politics of ‘the Good’ and ‘the Bad’ Taliban
Ajmal Shams

When Pakistan talks about its fight against the Taliban, it fails to clarify which category of the Taliban it is referring to; ‘the good’ ones or ‘the bad’ ones.  It is no longer a hidden truth that Pakistan does fight the insurgents that targets it, which it terms as the ‘bad Taliban’. On the other hand, it provides sanctuaries to those conducting militant operations in Afghanistan calling them as the ‘good Taliban’....

 

Nobel Laureate: Don’t ‘Muddle Up’ Terrorism with Islam
Wided Bouchamaoui

Muslims who practice their faith calmly and respectfully are “victims of a semantic problem” when “terrorists” are described as “Islamic terrorists.” “I think we should call a spade a spade,” Bouchamaoui told the UN General Assembly’s high-level forum on The Culture of Peace. “A terrorist is a killer, a murderer, a criminal and I would even say an imposter who is manipulating Islam.”...

Behind the Bombing in Quetta, a Century of War
Praveen Swami

It matters little, thus, whether the Jama’at-ul-Ahrar flies the flag of al-Qaeda or the Islamic State or indeed, what its own name might be: the problem lies not in a few men of evil, but a polity fragmented by a century of war, and a failed project of statehood...

 

Let Us First Go Beyond the Term ‘Terrorism’
Diana Moukalled

Accuracy and attention when broadcasting sensitive news does not mean the media should present the audience with what it wants to hear - by doing so; we would end up with an incomplete, inaccurate and misleading story.....

 

How a Secretive Branch of ISIS Built a Global Network of Killers
Rukmini Callimachi

Believing he was answering a holy call, Harry Sarfo left his home in the working-class city of Bremen last year and drove for four straight days to reach the territory controlled by the Islamic State in Syria. He barely had time to settle in before members of the Islamic State’s secret service, wearing masks over their faces, came to inform him and his German friend that they no longer wanted Europeans to come to Syria. Where they were really needed was back home, to help carry out the group’s plan of waging terrorism across the globe....

Terror in Afghanistan: Unwelcome Guests

Afghans to exercise political rights; many now shun older politicians, whom they associate with tanks and guns. And for all its violence Afghanistan has managed to avoid the kind of sectarian bloodletting that afflicts neighbours such as Iraq. Afghans of all ethnicities are loudly decrying the attacks. That is some small solace, at least...

 

Hoping For Heaven for the Wrong Reasons
Nawar Fakhry Ezzi

Perceiving Heaven the way God truly described it can only bring to our hearts peace and love and cannot possibly motivate terrorists to kill others assuming that they will go there when all that they have done was to instil fear in the hearts of people and bring grievance into this world....

 

Terrorists Are Fighting the Windmill
Babar Ayaz

One, the rise of religious extremism and terrorism is not peculiar to the followers of Islam; other major religions are also affected. The difference is that there are no major terrorist movements in Christianity, Hinduism, Brahmanism and Judaism. The critics may say that state terrorism on behalf of these religions should not be ignored...

 

In The Age of ISIS, Who’s A Terrorist, And Who’s Simply Deranged?
Eric Schmitt

“Every attack is discussed endlessly on television and social media, which heightens fear of future attacks, makes citizens scared of one another” and puts pressure on governments to look tough...

 

Target IPS, IAS Officers: Al-Qaeda Tells Indian Muslims

Indian Agencies Warned Dhaka of Terror Strikes

By Praveen Swami

All That We Are Mourning

By Ibtisam Ahmed

Bangla Siege: Blame Deep Dysfunction In Politics And State Institutions

By Hindustan Times

Terror Strikes Dhaka: Bangladeshi Government Needs A Broad-Spectrum Approach To Fight The Menace

By TOI Edit

The Horror in Dhaka

By The Hindu

Compiled By New Age Islam Edit Bureau

 

What Kind of Prime Minister Are You, Shiekh Hasina?
Javed Anand

“The message that there is only one form, a form alien to this land, of belief and practice, that of the Wahhabi/Salafis who are not part of the four Mazhabs of the Islamic Sunni belief is now being pushed with full force as the current agenda. Many killed in brutal manner have been believers, Pirs, Shias, Ahmedias, followers of the Sufi tradition, priests from other religions, writers who were not necessarily atheists”....

 

Terrorism cannot be stopped by force. This is a fundamental truth that needs to be acknowledged. It is a brilliant concept—it can only be countered conceptually. We need radical ideas born out of a new imagination; force is on the verge of exhausting itself...

 
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