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June 18, 2004

Roots of Radical Islam in South Asia 

posted by Scott @ 2:34 PM
Be sure to read this important op-ed piece in today's New York Times about the history of Islamic radicalism in South Asia. I'm not familiar with the author, but he covers all the necessary ground to understand why these movements have popular support and where they emerged from. For a more in depth study of this history read Barbara Metcalf's excellent essay on the roots of the Taliban from Social Science Research Council's After September 11th series. I also recommend the following essays:
"September 11 and the Struggle for Islam"
"Neo-Fundamentalism"
"Theorizing Islam"

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