Easter Sunday Bombings and Jihad in Sri Lanka


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Sri Lanka, Radicalization, Extremism, Al Qaeda, Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State


2019 Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka by Islamist radicals poses a level of complexity that could challenge conventional thinking about radicalization and the spread of influence of groups like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and the Muslim Brotherhood, in many fundamental respects. At a very basic level, it defies common understanding of the emergence of Islamist radicalism in Sri Lanka – a country ravaged by extremist violence in other forms perpetrated by groups like JVP and the LTTE for example, which are mostly secular in character. In this context, jihadism in Sri Lanka introduces a new dynamic - utilitarian and pragmatic - where groups, cutting across their ideological and political divides, come together to achieve common goals.


Ability of the groups like ISIS and Muslim Brotherhood to recruit and deploy local Muslims in Sri Lanka to attack Western targets and attract global attention testify to the potency and resiliency of the ideology. [1]





How to Cite

Acharya, A. (2021). Easter Sunday Bombings and Jihad in Sri Lanka . Advances in Social Sciences Research Journal, 8(10), 457–467. https://doi.org/10.14738/assrj.810.10942