NEWS ANALYSIS/OMNIS TERRA - Bangladesh: at the root of Islamist extremism

Saturday, 2 December 2017 islam   dialogue   religious fundamentalism  


Shahab Enam Khan, professor of international relations at Jahangimagar University, Dhaka and member of the Enterprise Institute, has long studied radical Islamist movements. In a recent interview with Fides in his office in the Gulshan district of the Bangladeshi capital, he recalls that in order to understand the growth of Salafism-jihadist and future challenges, we must look back: to the period immediately following the Country's independence, obtained in 1971 after a bloody war to free itself from the control of Pakistan. The conditions for the affirmation of Islamist radicalism, says Shahan Enam Khan, depend on the political polarization created in the years following independence (...)