Islam and Political Violence: Muslim Diaspora and Radicalism by Shahram Akbarzadeh, Fethi Mansouri

By Shahram Akbarzadeh, Fethi Mansouri

How will we have interaction with the urgent demanding situations of xenophobia, radicalism and safeguard within the age of the "war on terror"? the commonly felt feel of lack of confidence within the West is shared by way of Muslims either inside of and outdoors Western societies. starting to be Islamic militancy and ensuing elevated safety features by means of Western powers have contributed to a pervasive experience between Muslims of being lower than assault (both bodily and culturally). Islam and Political Violence brings jointly the present debate at the uneasy and in all likelihood at the same time harmful dating among the Muslim international and the West and argues we're on a deadly trajectory, strengthening dichotomous notions of the divide among the West and the Muslim international.

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In fact, Islamist terrorists refer to themselves as people fulfilling the religious duty to jihad being an obligation for every Muslim. A closer look at the phenomenon shows that we are dealing with a new pattern of jihad that can be described as an ‘invention of tradition’,23 for it is not JIHADISM AND INTERCIVILISATIONAL CONFLICT 45 the classical Islamic jihad. Nevertheless, and despite clarification, we need to take the Islamic self-reference of these jihadists seriously. The religious image of the jihadists of themselves, to be ‘the true believers’,24 is not an expression of cynicism, but rather sincere true belief, even though their action might contradict orthodox religious doctrines.

While many Muslim governments have either quietly supported or acquiesced in the US-led occupation of Iraq, a majority of Muslims from Morocco to Indonesia have opposed the occupation, with some of them actively lending financial and human support to the Iraqi resistance and sympathising with the causes and grievances voiced by al-Qaeda and its associated groups. 10 They have come to view the Iraqi resistance and opposition to the US in the wider Muslim world as an expression of some kind of popular sentiment.

Said) acting for their own. On the other hand, we face the extreme of imputing all evils to ‘militant Islam’, equating it with Islam itself. This chapter aims at enlightening against both extremes while endeavoring to introduce the jihadism of political Islam into security studies. In fact, Islamist terrorists refer to themselves as people fulfilling the religious duty to jihad being an obligation for every Muslim. A closer look at the phenomenon shows that we are dealing with a new pattern of jihad that can be described as an ‘invention of tradition’,23 for it is not JIHADISM AND INTERCIVILISATIONAL CONFLICT 45 the classical Islamic jihad.

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