Tuesday, November 29, 2016

"How Isis recruiters found fertile ground in Kerala, India's tourist gem"

Guardian:

India’s Muslim population, the third largest in the world, has so far contributed negligible numbers to Isis – fewer than 90 people, according to most estimates.

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But growing concern over the group’s influence was made official this month

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it is not India’s harsh, dry north, nor Kashmir, the site of a burning Islamic insurgency, where Isis has found most appeal. The group’s unlikely recruiting ground is Kerala, one of India’s wealthiest, most diverse and best-educated states.

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Salafism is not new to southern India, but an influx of Saudi Arabian money in the past decades . . . has produced a harder-edged Islam in the region