, , ,

Terrorism in Southeast Asia has been a focus of global media after July 17 attack on JW Marriott and Ritz Carlton Hotels. People need to know what are behind these suicide bombers. A background from several books might explain this phenomenon.Jihad in Paradise written by Mike Millard.Review“Traditionally, the most insightful and passionate works about the Orient have been written by outsiders. After having encountered Asia for a decade, Millard chronicles Singapore from his heart and soul. His personal and intimate knowledge of the momentous events and actors enables him to cast them artfully. Jihad in Paradise is a must read for all those who want to know Singapore, Asia-Pacific’s vanguard.” – Rohan Gunaratna, author, Inside Al Qaeda, Global Network of Terror”Product DescriptionWritten in an accessible, journalistic style, Jihad in Paradise focuses on Southeast Asia’s struggle to deal with Islamic extremists and terrorism at the hands of Jemah Islamiyah, al Qaeda’s Southeast Asian arm. Although the book gives particular attention to Singapore’s attempts to deal with these issues, the story extends into Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines. All of these countries have significant Muslim populations, and recent violent events have affected the business environment, tourism, and the region’s tradition of religious tolerance. The author draws on personal interviews with experts in the field as well as key political and religious figures in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia, including Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, Minister for Muslim Affairs Jaacoub Ibrahim, and expelled Muslim dissident Zulfikar Mohamad Sharif. Millard examines the Bali bombing, Malaysia’s conservative Islamic party PAS, the Malaysian province of Kelantan which is a Muslim political hotbed, Abu Saayaf of the Philippines, and Fateha.com and the use of the Internet. He also provides a glimpse of how Singapore, the region’s most developed nation, has engineered its society in order to impose a degree of racial and religious tolerance.