Religion and security play an important role in traditional
societies. In South and Central Asia, traditional and moderate
Islamic beliefs and practices with strong indigenous and Sufi
content are diametrically opposed to radical Wahabi and Taliban
brands of Islam intolerant of other cultures and groups. The
emergence of radical extremist and violent Islamist movements poses
serious challenges to the secular and democratic polity,
inter-religious harmony, security and territorial integrity of
states in the region. As such, religious extremism, terrorism, drug
trafficking and arms smuggling are viewed by various countries in
South and Central Asia and also in the West as the main threats to
Against this backdrop, this book provides local perspectives on
religion, security, history and geopolitics in South Asia and
Central Asia in an integrated manner. Presenting a holistic and
updated view of the developments inside and across South and
Central Asia, it offers concise analyses by experts on the region.
Contributors discuss topics such as the resurgence of the Taliban
in Afghanistan, the politics and practice of Islamist terrorism in
India, and the security challenges posed by religious radicalism in
Bangladesh. The book makes a significant contribution to South and
Central Asian Studies, as well as studies on Regional Security.
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