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Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context

The Faceless Terrorist

A Study of Critical Events in Tajikistan

Authors: Roche, Sophie

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  • First ethnographic book on jihad and terrorism in Central Asia
  • Engages with the contradictions in the debate over terrorism
  • Gathers unique empirical material
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About this book

How could a person portrayed as a terrorist by the Tajik state also be seen as a mujahid fighter in Islam and be a cousin all at the same time? Is this just a matter of perspective and conceptualization? To believe in the protection of concepts to safeguard groups and individuals from the uncertain character of the world, is to deny the existence of chance and the contradictions in life. This book uses approaches from existential anthropology to enquire into the question of how concepts and experiences relate. The focus is on the way the notions jihad, mujahid and terrorism were used during a military intervention in Tajikistan in 2010. The book includes long-term ethnographic material, popular pamphlets on Islam and an internet analysis of the conflict, offering new insights into how concepts and experiences relate. Since the end of the Soviet Union, the people from the republic Tajikistan have struggled to find a place in the larger Muslim world, a painful process unfolding in relation to global events, discourses and politics. The primary readership for the book will come from academia and policy makers.

 

The book presents novel material on a fascinating and highly important topic, the nature of ostensibly Islamist political violence against the state in Tajikistan.

John Heathershaw

 

 

About the authors

Sophie Roche is a Research Associate at the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies of  the University of Heidelberg. She worked at the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany and received her PhD from Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in 2010. She studied youth as a socio-demographic factor (youth bulge) in Tajikistan and then joined the Zentrum Moderner Orient in Berlin in 2010 doing a project on jihad in text and context.

She has authored several articles that contextualize Tajiks within theoretical debates such as conflict studies and transcultural studies, and worked on Islam in Europe and Russia, environmental disasters as well as Soviet ethnography. She has been awarded visiting scholarships by the Institute d’études de l’islam et des sociétés du monde musulman (IISMM) and by the Fondation Maison Science de l’Homme (FMSH), both in Paris.


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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eBook 53,49 €
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  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
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Softcover 67,59 €
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-03842-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
  • The final prices may differ from the prices shown due to specifics of VAT rules
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Faceless Terrorist
Book Subtitle
A Study of Critical Events in Tajikistan
Authors
Series Title
Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-03843-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-03843-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-03842-7
Series ISSN
2191-656X
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 371
Number of Illustrations
6 illustrations in colour
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