Gender-Based Explosions: The Nexus between Muslim Masculinities, Jihadist Islamism and Terrorism

Aslam, Maleeha, Gender-Based Explosions: The Nexus between Muslim Masculinities, Jihadist Islamism and Terrorism, (Tokyo: UNU Press, 2012).

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  • Author Aslam, Maleeha
    Title Gender-Based Explosions: The Nexus between Muslim Masculinities, Jihadist Islamism and Terrorism
    Publication Date 2012
    Place of Publication Tokyo
    Publisher UNU Press
    Pages 316 pages
    Language eng
    Abstract

    First colonized and now living under political oppression, experiencing marginalization,and feeling dejection and humiliation, many Muslim men in and outside Muslim countries have no opportunities to prove themselves as "honorable" or practice "masculinity" inculturally prescribed ways. Troubled and troublesome, many turn to militant jihadistnetworks to achieve self-actualization and heroism. Terrorist networks, acting assurrogates to national liberation and antiauthoritarian movements, further complicatethese dynamics. Maleeha Aslam argues that gender is a fundamental battleground on which al Qaeda, the Taliban, and their types must be defeated. Issues of regressive radicalism, literalism, militancy, and terrorism can only be solved through people-centered interventions. Therefore, 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 emphasizingmasculine behaviour within the context of Muslim tradition and expanding the scopeof required interventions beyond those confined to Islam. The book also includesempirical data from a pilot study conducted on Pakistani Muslim masculinities.

    Copyright Holder UNU
    Copyright Year 2012
    Copyright type Creative commons
    ISBN 9789280812084
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