Comparative Islamic Studies, Vol 4, No 4.1 / 4.2 (2008)

An African version of the Taliban? The Islamic Courts Union in Somalia (2006) and the Taliban Afghanistan (1996)

Ioannis Mantzikos
Issued Date: 6 Jun 2010


This paper seeks to analyze the dynamics of state collapse in Somalia and Afghanistan and the extent to which the emergence of the Taliban and the UIC was a local Islamist response rather than a reinforcement of foreign jihad and foreign terrorists. This paper argues that the rise of the new religious movements was created from a warrior culture that nurtured the dynamic force to mobilize society in a very rapid and swift way. This rapid mobilization changed the traditional formation of people and mobilized societies into different social and political structures as well as a greater vulnerability among the faithful to calls for extremist action.

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DOI: 10.1558/cis.v4i4.1-4.2.113

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