Securitization of Islam—a Vicious Circle

Counter-Terrorism and Freedom of Religion in Central Asia

Kathrin Lenz-Raymann

Transcript-Verlag

Securitization of Islam—a Vicious Circle

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Pub Date: May 2015

ISBN: 9783837629040

324 Pages

Format: Paperback

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Securitization of Islam—a Vicious Circle

Counter-Terrorism and Freedom of Religion in Central Asia

Kathrin Lenz-Raymann

Transcript-Verlag

Diverse Islamic groups have triggered a »revival of Islam« in Central Asia in the last decades. As a result, there has been a general securitization of Islam by the governments: not only do they combat the terrorist Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan but also outlaw popular groups such as the Gülen movement. However, strong repression of religion might lead to radicalization. Kathrin Lenz-Raymann tests this hypothesis with an agent-based computer simulation and enriches her study with interviews with international experts, leaders of political Islam and representatives of folk Islam. She concludes that ensuring religious rights is essential for national security.

About the Author

Kathrin Lenz-Raymann (lic. phil.) works in the field of political consulting in Zurich, Switzerland. Her research interests include social and human security, counter-terrorism policies and human rights.