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Ongoing IS radical ideology in Malaysia: factors and counter strategies

Abu Bakar, Siti Zubaidah and Aslam, Mohd. Mizan (2019) Ongoing IS radical ideology in Malaysia: factors and counter strategies. International Journal of Islamic and Civilizational Studies, 6 (3). pp. 115-125. ISSN 2289-8204


Official URL: https://dx.doi.org/10.11113/umran2019.6n3.362


Malaysia has long been recognized for its ability to manage threats from Islamic radical movements by overcoming significant obstacles and major challenges to national security. Although many movements have been banned and appropriate actions taken, Islamic radicalism nevertheless persists and appears on the rise. This study identifies factors associated with its persistence despite years of efforts to hinder or eradicate Islamic radicalism. Using qualitative historical sociology, the author used several resources for this analysis, including interviews and literature. Findings reveal four major factors that allow Salafi Jihadi ideology to prosper: a false reading of jihad, personal inclinations, political pressure, and globalization. Government actions countering this threat include declaring Malaysia an Islamic state; deradicalization and rehabilitation programs; national think tanks, prohibiting fatwas; introducing the concept of wasatiyyah; and implementation of counter narratives. Although the ideology cannot be completely eradicated, actions taken have managed to contain the contagion and also prevent major threats to national security.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ideology, National Security, Radical Islam, Salafi Jihadi, Takfiri
Subjects:B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BP Islam. Bahaism. Theosophy, etc
Divisions:Islamic Civilisation
ID Code:84835
Deposited By: Fazli Masari
Deposited On:29 Feb 2020 12:39
Last Modified:29 Feb 2020 12:39

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