By Stephen Vertigans
Militant Islam presents a sociological framework for realizing the increase and personality of modern Islamic militancy. It takes a scientific method of the phenomenon and comprises research of instances from world wide, comparisons with militancy in different religions, and their explanations and consequences.
The sociological suggestions and theories tested within the ebook comprise these linked to social closure, social pursuits, nationalism, hazard, worry and ‘de-civilising’. those are utilized inside of 3 major subject matters; features of militant Islam, multi-layered reasons and the results of militancy, particularly Western reactions in the ‘war on terror’. Interrelationships among spiritual and secular behaviour, ‘terrorism’ and ‘counter-terrorism’, renowned help and competition are explored. in the course of the exam of examples from throughout Muslim societies and groups, the research demanding situations the preferred tendency to pay attention upon ‘al-Qa’ida’ and the center East.
This publication could be of curiosity to scholars of Sociology, Political technology and diplomacy, specifically these taking classes on Islam, faith, terrorism, political violence and comparable local studies.
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They are assimilating the discourse from other sources. Mosques and religious leaders in particular have been closely associated with the rise in terrorism and methods of brainwashing. For instance, Kepel (2004b: 256) argues that ‘the first stage of brainwashing occurs at the hands of a pietistic salafist imam’. Similarly, Rashid (2005) claims that ‘the simple reason is the terrifying brainwashing suffered by most of the Arab youth at the hands of “religious clerics” and particularly at the hands of the extremists with backward views’.
The significance of ‘virtual’ events in regions that militants may not be familiar with can be noticed across socio-economic contexts. Through the increasingly penetrative media, people view images or listen to narrative that weakens secular discourse while strengthening the legitimacy of militancy. For instance, Gerges (2005: 61) interviews al-Bahri who left Saudi Arabia to join the jihad in Bosnia when aged 21. He was part of a generation that was much more aware of international political developments than older generations.
Finally, the appeal of militancy is strongly correlated with the failures of other discourses. Western-influenced modernization and related secularization have raised expectations and resulted in the transformation of national landscapes; huge numbers of people have relocated, studied further and higher education, made tremendous sacrifices. 37 These factors have contributed to forming opinions that ideologies and associated principles such as capitalism, socialism, communism, Arab nationalism and democracy had failed Muslims and should be replaced by the shari’ah (Islamic law).
Militant Islam: A Sociology of Characteristics, Causes and Consequences by Stephen Vertigans