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Just sharing – Viewing Jihadism As a Counterculture: Potential and Limitations





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Ann-Sophie Hemmingsen (2014). Viewing jihadism as a counterculture: Potential and limitations. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression. Published online on 10 Nov. 2014.


Studies of jihadism mostly focus on the violent and religio-political aspects of the phenomenon. By adding to these a countercultural perspective, we may become able to better grasp and make sense of jihadism, not least because we can begin to see its violent and political aspects in their immediate social context. The present paper is based on lengthy fieldwork in Denmark and presents a first attempt at applying a combination of theories on cultic milieus and countercultures to the gallery of characters in and around three Danish terrorism cases.


About Muhammad Haniff Hassan

Muhammad Haniff Bin Hassan is a Fellow. He holds a PhD and M.Sc. in Strategic Studies at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (previously known as the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies), Nanyang Technological University. He received his early education in Aljunied Islamic School. He then continued his tertiary education at the Faculty of Islamic Studies, National University of Malaysia, with honours in Syar`iah and Civil law. Mr. Haniff is also active in social activities as a member of the Islamic Religious Council Appeal Board, HSBC Insurance Islamic Advisory Board from 2000 to 2014, Association of Islamic Religious Teachers and Scholars of Singapore (PERGAS) and Management Committee of Al-Irsyad Islamic School. He writes extensively in Berita Harian (a local Malay newspaper) and has also published articles in The Straits Times. He has published six books in his name, co-authored a monograph and helped publish two books for PERGAS and the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore. His personal website in Malay is at


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