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Salafi Jihad in Southeast Asia: Global or Local, Real or Imagined?


Terrorism experts have framed acts of violence by Islamic groups in Southeast Asia as part of a global Jihad against the West. They view what happens in this region as an extension of terrorism emanating from the Middle East. Messages on the Internet are accepted as statements from a centralized, monolithic, Islamic terrorist organization. This “multinational” is referred to as Al Qa’ida and its affiliates, a brand name franchised in the remotest parts of the Muslim world. With a measure of sophistication its struggle is called the “global Salafi Jihad”.
All this begs the questions: Is it really global? Is it Salafi? Is it Jihad?
Combining his own extensive research with discourse found in specialized literature, Ernesto Braam will attempt to deconstruct the monolithic image of this “global Salafi Jihad” in Southeast Asia. However, this does not imply “nuancing away” any transnational linkage by focusing on the anthropological uniqueness of each violent Islamic movement.
Ernesto will explain the notion of Salafism, give a brief overview of the main Islamic extremist movements in Southeast Asia and then present his view of the Salafi discourse. In this, he will use his personal experiences living, working and researching in Southeast Asia as well as in the Middle East. The purpose of his lecture is to stimulate the audience to look at Islamic extremism from different angles, and not through any premanufactured lenses.

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Ernesto H. Braam, Deputy Chief of Mission, Royal Netherlands Embassy in Baghdad

Tuesday, 23 February 2010
5.15 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-1
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259772

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