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
their security. 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
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