Tuesday, November 29, 2016

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


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.


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


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.


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