Publisher’s description Since 9/11, al-Qaida has become one of the most infamous and widely discussed terrorist organizations in the world, with affiliates spread across the globe. However, little-known are the[…]
Terrorism and Beyond: Exploring the Fallout of the European Foreign Fighter Phenomenon in Syria and Iraq
Journal abstract The foreign fighter phenomenon in Syria and Iraq has led to many worries about the potential negative consequences that might occur in the near future. The scenario of[…]
The different pathways into extremist groups varies from region to region. What might be a common theme of radicalisation in Africa won’t necessarily be true for the Middle East. Too[…]
Journal abstract The recent influx of foreign fighters into Syria, particularly those aligning with the Islamic State, has brought renewed attention to the security threat posed by people who cross[…]
What does Bamiyan tell us about Muslim attitudes to Buddhism? Unpacking ‘Buddhist-Muslim conflicts’ in contemporary Asia
Journal abstract The article highlights through a case study of the Taliban’s destruction of the Buddha statues of Bamiyan in 2001, that there has been considerable diversity in Muslim attitudes[…]
Publisher’s description: Most contemporary journalistic and scholarly accounts of the instability gripping Afghanistan and Pakistan have argued that violent Islamic extremism, including support for the Taliban and related groups, is[…]
Publisher’s description Intrastate conflicts, such as civil wars and ethnic confrontations, are the predominant form of organized violence in the world today. But internal strife can destabilize entire regions, drawing[…]
Publisher’s description: In conflict zones around the world, the phenomenon of foreign insurgents fighting on behalf of local rebel groups is a common occurrence. They have been an increasing source[…]
Focusing on developments in South Waziristan and arguing that there the Taliban is a movement of the young, poor, and those belonging to minor lineages or powerless tribes against tribal elders, the Political Agent appointed by the Government of Pakistan, and also against the so-called â€œmafia of maliks, transporters and traffickersâ€.
Extends the argument that in order to understand the Taliban we need to go beyond the stereotyped images of Pashtun exceptionalism and Islamic fanaticism to look at socio-economic class and imperialism.