Tablighi Jamaat and its role in the Global Jihad

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This SADF Policy Brief deals with Tablighi Jamaat (TJ), a transnational Islamic missionary movement. Despite declaring itself as officially apolitical and non-violent, TJ is cited by German and other European intelligence reports that underline (manifold) threats originating from the movement. An increasing number of assessments emphasise TJ’s function as a catalyst, gateway, springboard, or antechamber for an extreme and militant interpretation of Islam – indoctrinating Muslims into Jihadists. Experts point out that TJ ‘has appeared on the fringes of several terrorism investigations, leading some to state that its apolitical stance simply masks a “fertile ground for breeding terrorism”’. In spite of this, up until this point, the majority of critical evaluations by international intelligence have not reached public discourse or political decision-making processes in the states where TJ holds a significant presence. Especially in Europe and the US, TJ remains largely unknown outside Muslim communities – and when known, actions and motives are misread. This lack of knowledge regarding the dissemination of an Islamic supremacist agenda facilitates TJ’s function as a driving force for Islamic extremism and as a major recruiting agency for the cause of Global Jihad - the movement bluntly threatens societies based on liberal and democratic norms. TJ has a relatively clandestine character, but reports point to TJ being extremely effective at spreading Islamic fundamentalism. In sum, TJ is seen as an essential component of a phenomenon which the French political- sociologist Bernard Rougier (2020) calls an ‘Islamist Ecosystem’. We believe this concept is most useful to understand the role that TJ plays in the Global Jihad.

Document type: Working paper
Publisher: South Asia Democratic Forum (SADF)
Place of Publication: Brussels
Date: 2020
Version: Secondary publication
Date Deposited: 4 June 2021
Number of Pages: 38
Faculties / Institutes: Miscellaneous > Individual person
DDC-classification: Religion
Military science
Controlled Subjects: Europa, USA, Djihad, Islam, Fundamentalismus, Globalisierung, Terrorismus
Uncontrolled Keywords: Europa, USA, Tablighi Jamaat, Religiöse Ideologie, Transnationale Organisation, Islamische Bewegung, Islamistisches Ökosystem, Islamischer Fundamentalismus, Globaler Dschihad, Terrorismus, Geheimdienst, Radikalisierung, Krieg der Ideen, Tablighisierung / Europe, USA, Tablighi Jamaat, Religious Ideology, Transnational Organisation, Islamic Movement, Islamist Ecosystem, Islamic Fundamentalism, Global Jihad, Terrorism, Intelligence, Radicalisation, War of Ideas, Tablighisation
Subject (classification): Politics
Religion and Philosophy
Countries/Regions: other countries
Series: Themen > SADF Policy Brief
Volume: 10
Additional Information: DOI: 10.48251/SADF.ISSN.2406-5625.PB.10 (DOI der Erstausgabe)