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The Politics of Extremism in South Asia

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Overview

South Asia is home to a range of extremist groups from the jihadists of Pakistan to the Tamil Tigers of Sri Lanka. In the popular mind, extremism and terrorism are invariably linked to ethnic and religious factors. Yet the dominant history of South Asia is notable for tolerance and co-existence, despite highly plural societies. Deepa Ollapally examines extremist groups in Kashmir, Afghanistan, Northeast India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka to offer a fresh perspective on the causes of extremism. What accounts for its rise in societies not historically predisposed to extremism? What determines the winners and losers in the identity struggles in South Asia? What tips the balance between more moderate versus extremist outcomes? The book argues that politics, inter-state, and international relations often play a more important role in the rise of extremism in South Asia than religious identity, poverty, and state repression.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521699129
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Deepa M. Ollapally is Professorial Lecturer, and the Associate Director of the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the Elliott School for International Affairs at the George Washington University, Washington DC. She is an expert on South Asian politics and international security and her publications include Confronting Conflict: Domestic Factors and US Policymaking in the Third World (1993).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: beyond and before the 9/11 framework 1

2 Situating violent conflict in South Asia 22

3 Afghanistan's changing fortunes 53

4 Pakistan at crossroads 84

5 Kashmir's crowded politics 114

6 Sri Lanka's violent spiral 145

7 Bangladesh: divided politics and geopolitics 177

8 Conclusion 209

Bibliography 219

Index 231

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