Extremism within the Deobandi Movement in Britain

By: Farid Harouit  

The Deobandi movement was founded in 1867 in the Indian sub-continent and was imported to Britain during the 1950’s. By building on Quintan Wiktorowcz’ model, according to which radicalisation is the result of political grievances and ideology, and Robert Pape’s study, which demonstrates that nationalism is at the heart of terrorism, this paper purports to examine the historical, geopolitical and ideological factors leading to the rise of an extremist violent fringe within the Deobandi movement in Britain. The study shows that concerns and grievances over colonial history, Bangladesh’s secession war in 1971, the conflict in Kashmir, the military intervention in Afghanistan and the war on terror led to the rise of radicalisation within the Deobandi movement not only in the Indian sub-continent but also in Britain.

Deobandi, Britain, Extremism, Radicalisation, Afghanistan
The Politics of Religion
Paper Presentation in a Themed Session

Farid Harouit

Lecturer, LEA, Sorbonne Nouvelle University, France

Dr Farid Harouit holds a PhD in Anglophone studies from the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris.