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Gender-based Explosions

The Nexus between Muslim Masculinities, Jihadist Islamism and Terrorism

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This publication argues that “gender” is a fundamental battleground on which Al Qaeda, the Taliban and their types have to be defeated. Issues of regressive radicalism, literalism, militancy and terrorism can only be solved through people-centred interventions. Therefore, relevant governments and civil society should promote an alternative culture of growth, self-expression and actualization for Muslim men. To achieve sustainable counterterrorism results, Aslam recommends underlining masculinities in Muslim contexts and expanding the scope of required interventions beyond those confined to Islam(ism), the opposing sects and ideological movements of which rarely agree. This book also includes empirical data from a pilot study conducted on Pakistani Muslim masculinities.

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Introduction

Are Muslim men troublemakers, or troubled? Currently, the truth lies somewhere in between. A few men are perpetrators, but many are victims of economic, political and, ironically enough, patriarchal socio-cultural oppression. In post-colonial societies, Muslim leadership has consistently failed to deliver within locally “modified” Western frameworks of governance. Worse is that the leadership has failed to provide an original/innovative “vision” and “agenda” for growth and prosperity to its people. Consequently the political agency of Muslim social capital, largely consisting of troubled but energetic young men, has been absorbed in Islamist and terrorist networks. This siphoning of Muslim social capital by terrorist networks has to be stopped.

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