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A Handbook of Terrorism and Insurgency in Southeast Asia

A Handbook of Terrorism and Insurgency in Southeast Asia

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Edited by Andrew T.H. Tan

This timely and significant book seeks to explain the deep-seated complexities of terrorism and insurgency in Southeast Asia. In the aftermath of 9/11, this region has been designated by the United States to be the ‘second front’ in the war on terrorism. Yet despite the emergence of this ‘new’ global terrorism, the authors argue that armed rebellion in Southeast Asia is a phenomenon that predates Al Qaeda and the global Jihadist movement and that much can be learned from the motivations behind it.

Chapter 5: Jemaah Islamiah According to PUPJI

Elena Pavlova

Subjects: asian studies, asian development, development studies, asian development, development economics, economics and finance, development economics, politics and public policy, terrorism and security


Elena Pavlova The General Guide for the Struggle of Al-Jama’ah Al-Islamiyah (Pedoman Umum Perjuangan Al-Jama’ah Al-Islamiyah) – commonly known under its acronym PUPJI1 – is an essential document for understanding Southeast Asia’s most deadly terror network. Issued by Jemaah Islamiah’s Central Executive Council (Qiyadah Markaziyah), it outlines the group’s administrative structure and guiding religious principles, in addition to providing insights into its organizational development, membership recruitment and operational strategy. From the time Jemaah Islamiah (JI) was established on 1 January 1993 as the result of an internal split within the Darul Islam (DI) movement, until the time it first engaged in terrorist activities with the Medan church bombings on 28 May 2000,2 the outfit was structured and managed in accordance with this handbook. To understand Jemaah Islamiah, therefore, we must understand PUPJI. PUPJI is important for a number of reasons. For one, it is the most significant document produced by JI as an organization.3 It functions as the de facto manifesto of the group, throwing light on its fundamental principles and practices. It also lays out the normative precepts and the operational methods of the group, as well as mapping out its rules of engagement, procedural norms and targeted outcomes. As such, PUPJI is the normative template from which the institutional entity of Jemaah Islamiah emerges and subsequently develops. From a strategic point of view, PUPJI is also important because it outlines the group’s religious vision and core mission. As an outfit that views itself primarily as a...

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