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The Islamist threat in Southeast Asia: much ado about nothing?

Sidel, John T. (2008) The Islamist threat in Southeast Asia: much ado about nothing? Asian Affairs, 16 (3). pp. 339-351. ISSN 0306-8374

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Professor John Sidel argues that coverage of terrorist events in South East Asia focuses on description, rather than explanation, events rather than causes. He suggests that Islamist forces in South East Asia are in retreat: terrorist violence reflects frustration at a reduction in political influence, not a rising tide of Islamisation. In a review of the situation in four individual countries, Indonesia, the Philippines, Malaysia and Southern Thailand, he asserts that the number of terrorist attacks is not increasing and in Indonesia at least is in absolute decline. This article is based on a lecture he delivered as part of the Southeast Asia Seminar Series at St Antony's College, University of Oxford.

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Additional Information: © 2008 The Royal Society of Asian Affairs
Divisions: Asia Centre
International Relations
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 13 May 2009 15:58
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2021 00:49

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