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.

Countering Radicalization through Education: Global Policy Trends and the Case of Pakistan
Countering radicalization through education: Global policy trends and the case of pakistan
Fatima Waqi Sajjad

Pakistan has served as a test case for education reform to counter radicalization. Following 9/11, a plethora of policy papers scrutinized curricula and pedagogies in Pakistani madrasas and public schools to identify risk factors that may lead to radicalization, and suggest reforms to counter radicalization through education. But despite excessive academic attention and heavy funding from international donors for education reform in Pakistan, the objective of countering radicalization through education remained unfulfilled, as successive studies reported growing popularity of radical ideas among educated youth in the country. Subsequently, the rise of religious extremism became a ...

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