Understanding Terrorism


To solve Faith-Based Violence, one must understand the ideological roots that underpin it and the sources that support it.


“The contributions to this valuable collection provide useful insight into the background of faith-based militancy and terrorism in Pakistan and across the globe, distinguishing crucially the Deobandi dimension of radical Islam that has been fostered by Saudi Arabia, with US support in Pakistan particularly in the 1980s during the harsh and brutal Zia-ul-Haq regime. These developments pose a severe threat to Islamic society and beyond, and merit careful attention by those who hope to understand today’s complex and dangerous world.”

~ Professor Noam Chomsky, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

“There has long been a need for a study tracing the development of Deobandi school of thought in the South Asian subcontinent in both the colonial and the post-colonial eras. ‘Faith-Based Violence and Deobandi Militancy in Pakistan’ will fill this lacuna through an inter-disciplinary and historically informed study of Deobandi thinking and organization.”

~ Professor Ayesha Jalal, Tufts University, USA

“This book is a landmark in scholarship on Islam, Pakistan and militancy. It will provide necessary insights into the genesis of violence in the name of religion and sect which scholars, ordinary readers and decision-makers can use to understand why Pakistan’s name is often in the headlines for the wrong reasons.”

~ Professor Tariq Rahman, Beaconhouse National University, Lahore, Pakistan

“This is a most timely volume which provides historical depth and nuance to the understanding of Islamic militancy and violence in Pakistan. Such an awareness is often lacking in contemporary analyses. The empirical data provided in a series of incisive and insightful chapters enables an informed account to emerge of the causes and consequences of the growing influence of Deobandi Islam within the country and its transnational linkages.

The volume enables the reader to grasp the complex factors which reduce the space for pluralism, despite inherited traditions of tolerance. The book is a must read for everyone seeking to understand contemporary Pakistan and to assess its future trajectory.”

~ Professor Ian Talbot, University of Southampton, UK

Faith-Based Violence and Deobandi Militancy in Pakistan provides an essential guide and reference text on faith-based militancy and terrorism in Pakistan and across the globe.


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Professor Jawad Syed

Jawad Syed, PhD, is Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Diversity Management at the University of Huddersfield, UK. He is the founder and co-director of the Global Centre for Equality and Human Rights (GCEHR), UK. He is also a programme chair of the Gender, Race and Diversity in Organisations SIG of the European Academy of Management.

Professor Edwina Pio

Edwina Pio is New Zealand’s first Professor of Diversity, a Fulbright alumna, recipient of a Duke of Edinburgh Fellowship and currently University Director of Diversity at the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. She is co-director of the Global Centre for Equality and Human Rights (GCEHR), UK.

Professor Tahir Kamran

Tahir Kamran is the Dean of Arts & Social Sciences and Chairperson of the History Department at Government College University, Lahore, Pakistan. During 2010-2015 he was the Iqbal Fellow at the Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge, UK.

Dr Abbas Zaidi

Dr Abbas Zaidi has taught English literature, journalism, and linguistics in various universities including the university of Sydney and the University of New South Wales. He is author of Two and a Half Words, The Infidels of Mecca (forthcoming) and an Editor-Contributor to Faith-based Violence: Deobandi Militancy in Pakistan

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