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Community engagement in curbing violent extremism: the Bangladesh context

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posted on 2023-11-09, 23:17 authored by Sahely Ferdous

Since its independence in 1971, Bangladesh has struggled between being a secular state and a theocratic state. Although secularism prevails, despite 89.1% of the population being Muslim, the social fabric of society remains tumultuous. Three factors, religious education, the return of jihadists from Afghanistan, and the entry of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmar, have radicalised the community, mainly the youth, to perpetrate extremist acts.

To neutralise such acts, the government has enacted various legislation and signed treaties with other countries, such as India, to share relevant information. Still, this falls short of containing extremism. Instead, extremism is becoming a significant challenge and is a serious concern at the national level. Even with the government’s efforts to contain extremism and build a harmonious society, some sections of society are becoming marginalised. Therefore, this research aims to determine how community engagement influences the curbing of extremism, as Bangladesh is a densely populated country with closely interwoven community relationships.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1: introduction -- Chapter 2: literature review and methodology -- Chapter 3: extremism in Bangladesh and the government’s initiatives -- Chapter 4: community engagement in Bangladesh -- Chapter 5: analysis of community engagement in Bangladesh -- Chapter 6: conclusion and recommendations -- Bibliography

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis MRes


Master of Research

Department, Centre or School

Department of Security Studies and Criminology

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Dalbir Ahlawat

Additional Supervisor 1

Alexander Simpson


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85 pages

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AMIS ID: 246393

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