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Religious, political and health radicalization in the context of national security in Malaysia and public order

El-Muhammady, Ahmad (2021) Religious, political and health radicalization in the context of national security in Malaysia and public order. Journal of Public Security and Safety, 12 (2). pp. 189-212. ISSN 2289-4624

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Radicalisation is an evolving phenomenon worldwide. It is also multidimensional. The article seeks to explore three forms of radicalization in Malaysia, namely religious, political and health. It argues that while the first two form of radicalization that is religious and political radicalization remains, while a new form of radicalization based on health issue comes to the fore in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, promoting the narrative of anti-vaccination and it weaves together with conspiracy theory narratives, End of Times, calling for preparation for the emergence of messiah. This article argues that although health radicalization is initially non- security matters, it has the potential to undermine the national security and public order, for it generates distrust and undermines the authorities’ effort to combat the pandemic in Malaysia. As precaution, preventive and intervention initiatives are needed to curb the spread of radicalization at its potential level before it turns to an actual threat to the nation.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 4829/96901
Uncontrolled Keywords: radicalization, national security, public order, violent extremism, terrorism, health radicalization, political radicalization, religious radicalization, COVID-19, pandemic.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > H71 General works
J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC)
Depositing User: Dr Ahmad El-Muhammady
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2022 07:20
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2022 07:25
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/96901

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