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Beyond ISIS and Al-Qaeda: The Long Tail of Global Islamist Violence

Beyond ISIS and Al-Qaeda: The Long Tail of Global Islamist Violence

Religious Foundations of Political Violence

One of the key questions on analysts’ lips since the near-territorial defeat of the self-declared ‘caliphate’ across Iraq and Syria has been ‘Who will be the next ISIS?’. Prognosis has ranged from an exodus of cornered foreign fighters to far flung theatres, to a resurgent al-Qaeda retaking the reins...

29 Oct 2018

Understanding the drivers of radicalization among Syrians

Understanding the drivers of radicalization among Syrians

Religious Foundations of Political Violence

Introduction Long considered a moderate Muslim country, Syria has become one of the world’s most radicalized conflict zones. Despite its peaceful and political origins, the civil-war has allowed Daesh and likeminded violent radical groups to turn the country into a recruiting ground and operating base. The significant local and...

24 Sep 2018

Religious Foundations for Political Violence

Religious Foundations for Political Violence

Religious Foundations of Political Violence

Although it is on the battlefields of Syria and Iraq that the destructive capacity of political violence driven by religious dogma is most apparent, the impact of soteriological narratives have become apparent across the world. The contours of power continue to be recast across the Arab world, which has...

30 Aug 2018