Militant Islam in Southeast Asia : Crucible of Terror
Islamic extremism in Southeast Asia has moved beyond a matter of local concern to one of global significance - as the events of the past decade have so clearly demonstrated. Drawing on intensive on-the-ground investigation and interviews with key militants, Zachary Abuza explains the emergence of radical Islamist groups in the region, examines Al-Qaida's role as organizational catalyst, and explores individual and multilateral state responses to the growing - and increasingly violent - Islamic political consciousness. Abuza also analyzes state strategies for combating, co-opting, or coping with militant Islamist groups. A key question here is whether state actors are trying to resolve the root causes of Muslim disaffection - or merely using the ""war on terrorism"" to suppress the symptoms.
- Paperback | 281 pages
- 144.8 x 223.5 x 12.7mm | 399.17g
- 01 Sep 2003
- Lynne Rienner Publishers Inc
- Boulder, CO, United States
- illustrated Edition
Table of contents
Al-Qaida, Radical Islam, and Southeast Asia. Islamic Politics, Grievances, and Militancy in Southeast Asia. From Muslim Insurgency to Oplan Bojinka: Al-Qaida's Philippine Operations and Foray into the Region. Jemaah Islamiya and Al-Qaida's Southeast Asian Network. State Responses to the War on Terror. Fighting the War on Terror in Southeast Asia.
"Abuza's chilling analysis explores the cultural and religious traditions and conflicts that have spawned a growing acceptance of radical ideologies and terrorist tactics in Southeast Asia; he masterfully details the origins of various terrorist cells and their connections to larger networks throughout the region and the Middle East." - Paul J. Smith "Showing an astonishing persistence in tying together the threads of the terrorist threat, Abuza has come up with a dazzling display of Al-Qaida at work. It is rare that a book comes out with so deep and thoughtful an analysis of a contemporary subject - this may well become the standard reference on everything happening in the Southeast Asian theater of the world terror crisis." - W. Scott Thompson
About Zachary Abuza
Zachary Abuza is assistant professor of international politics at Simmons College.