Is Bangladesh becoming a Taliban state? The question has become urgent in light of the growing strength of militant groups supposedly aligned with Al Quaida, the landslide victory of the center-right coalition in the general election of October 2001, and the deliberate and planned violence against religious minorities that followed. God Willing explores the explosive issue of Talibanization by analyzing the politics of Islamism in the world's third most populous Muslim country. Ali Riaz helps the reader to understand the emergence of Islamism as a legitimate democratic political in a largely secular state, as opposed to the media's sensational portrayal of Bangladesh as a country overrun by Islamist forces with a supranational agenda. The author compares Bangladesh with Indonesia and Pakistan, thus adding a valuable global context for evaluating the politics of Muslim countries.
Ali Riaz is associate professor in the Department of Politics and Government at Illinois State University.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Is Bangladesh Becoming a Taliban State? Chapter 2 "God Willing": The Politics and Ideology of Islamism Chapter 3 Persecuted Minorities and the "Enemy Within" Chapter 4 The Tyranny of Salish and the Terror of Fatwa Chapter 5 Three Battles of the Secularists Chapter 7 Appendix 1: Road to Bangladesh: The Background Chapter 8 Appendix 2: Political Leaders of Bangladesh