Militant Islam in Southeast Asia: Crucible of Terror

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Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2003 - Political Science - 281 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

AIQaida and Radical Islam in Southeast Asia
1
Islamic Politics Grievances and Militancy
33
From Parochial Jihadis to International Terrorists Exploiting the Philippines
89
Jemaah Islamiya and AlQaidas Expanding Network
121
State Responses to the War on Terror
189
Fighting Terrorism in Southeast Asia The Future of Militant Islam
231
List of Acronyms and Abbreviations
261
Bibliography
263
Index
267
About the Book
281
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Zachary Abuza is a professor of political science at Simmons College. A leading specialist in Southeast Asian security issues and militant Islam, he is the author of Uncivil Islam: Muslims, Politics and Violence in Indonesia and Militant Islam in Southeast Asia.

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