How do we engage with the pressing challenges of xenophobia, radicalism and security in the current political climate? The widely felt sense of insecurity in the West is shared by Muslims both within and outside Western societies. Growing Islamic militancy and the subsequent increased security measures by Western powers have contributed to a pervasive sense among Muslims of being under attack both physically and culturally.Islam and Political Violence brings together current debates on the uneasy and potentially mutually destructive relationship between the Muslim world and the West and argues that we are on a dangerous trajectory, strengthening dichotomous notions of the divide between the West and the Muslim world.
"This book offers a wealth of instructive material for both specialist and general readers." -- William Maley, Professor and Foundation Director, Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy, Australian National University, Canberra
"This is a timely and significant volume…it provides fresh insight, not just on jihadi Islamist terrorism itself, but also on our reaction to it, laying bare some of the central complexities and moral quandries of our troubled times…There are no easy answers in this field, but knowledge and insight of the kind presented here is essential to finding a way forward." -- Greg Barton, Herb Feith Research Professor for the Study of Indonesia, Monash University
Edited by Shahram Akbarzadeh & Fethi Mansouri