Salafism and Violence in India

Since the twin tower bombings of 2001, media narratives on terrorism often portrayed Islam as the chief propagator of violence across the world. While much of this narrative evolved over the years, new narratives began to identify Salafism within Islam as the real root cause of terrorism. While there exists some reasoning to this view, nuanced discussions are often eschewed in favor of exaggerated hypotheses and headlines. This trend slowly permeated to other parts of the world as well with many different news outlets branding Salafism as the new threat to Islam in India. This article, therefore, challenges this assumption by presenting a more accurate picture of institutional stances on violence, terrorism, and jihad, by Salafist organizations in India.

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