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.
Chapter 8: Bangladesh's ‘War on Terror’ and Madrasa Education
This chapter begins with an analysis of the question: What is madrasas’ role in radicalizing Bangladeshi youth? It also suggests how the answer to this question can guide us to see the phenomenon of Islamophobia and Bangladesh's War on Terror in relation to madrasa education. Further, this chapter suggests how the distorted image of madrasas due to the Taliban led to widespread condemnation of madrasas in Bangladesh, a fact which Bangladesh State used as an opportunity to further their project of secularizing madrasas. This chapter concludes by suggesting that the contemporary reforms project in madrasa education of Bangladesh is not only the effect of the ...