Handbook of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Post 9/11
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Handbook of Terrorism and Counter Terrorism Post 9/11

Edited by David Martin Jones, Paul Schulte, Carl Ungerer and M. L.R. Smith

Almost two decades after the events of 9/11, this Handbook offers a comprehensive insight into the evolution and development of terrorism and insurgency since then. Gathering contributions from a broad range of perspectives, it both identifies new technological developments in terrorism and insurgency, and addresses the distinct state responses to the threat of political, or religiously motivated violence; not only in the Middle East and Europe, but also in Africa, South and Southeast Asia, and North and South America.
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Chapter 26: South Asia: from terrorism to radicalism

Prem Mahadevan

Abstract

This chapter examines the arc of jihadist militancy in South Asia since 9/11. It suggests that Al-qaeda’s attack on the United States achieved a crucial objective of militant Islamists: driving a wedge between the ‘West’ and the ‘Islamic world’. The chapter suggests that 9/11 had the same effect upon South Asia as the Battle of Teutoburg Forest had on relations between ancient Rome and Germanic tribes. The two events share important similarities, despite having occurred nearly two millennia apart. In both cases, a provocative and unexpected attack, enabled by stealth tactics, resulted in an irreparable breach between a previously advancing and ‘civilizing’ imperial power and a ‘barbarian’ people unwilling to accept an alien culture being imposed on them. On both occasions, a flurry of punitive actions followed, but eventually gave way to resentful disengagement and a lasting siege mentality on the part of the imperial power.

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