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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 www.haniff.sg
Muhammad Haniff Hassan has written 677 posts for counterideology 2

My article – The Danger of Takfir (Excommunication): Exposing IS’ Takfiri Ideology

Muhammad Hassan (2017), “The Danger of Takfir (Excommunication): Exposing IS’ Takfiri Ideology”, Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses, vol. 9, issue 4, April. Click here for the article. Click here for the complete issue of Counter Terrorist Trends and Analyses, vol. 9, issue 4, April.

Just sharing – Engaging Youth as a Bulwark Against ISIS Extremism

Kumar Ramakrishna and Stephanie Neubronner (2017), “Engaging Youth as a Bulwark Against ISIS Extremism”, RSIS Commentary, no. 065, 7 April. Click here for original link. Synopsis ISIS considers psychologically vulnerable youth as a strategic resource to be exploited. It is thus important for governments, civil society and businesses to harness youth as a bulwark against … Continue reading

Just sharing – Counter-terrorism Pitfalls: What the U.S. Fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda Should Avoid

International Crisis Group (2017), Counter-terrorism Pitfalls: What the U.S. Fight against ISIS and al-Qaeda Should Avoid, Special Report no. 3, 22 March. Click here to download or read the full report. Executive Summary In pledging to destroy the Islamic State (ISIS), U.S. President Donald J. Trump looks set to make counter-terrorism a centrepiece of his foreign … Continue reading

Just sharing – Walking away: The disengagement and de-radicalization of a violent right-wing extremist

Click here for original link. John Horgan, Mary Beth Altier, Neil Shortland & Max Taylor (2017), “Walking away: the disengagement and de-radicalization of a violent right-wing extremist”, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, Volume 9, Issue 2. Abstract This article presents a case study of one individual’s trajectory through violent right-wing extremism in the USA. Drawing … Continue reading

Just sharing – Leaving ideological groups behind: A model of disengagement

K. J. Harris, E. Gringart & D. Drake (2017), “Leaving ideological groups behind: A model of disengagement”, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 17 March, pp. 1-9. Click here to access. Abstract The social mechanisms in ideological groups work to promote a cohesive social unit and present significant barriers to disengaging. Nonetheless, involvement in these … Continue reading

Just sharing – An Analysis of Inspire and Dabiq: Lessons from AQAP and Islamic State’s Propaganda War

Haroro J. Ingram (2017), “An Analysis of Inspire and Dabiq: Lessons from AQAP and Islamic State’s Propaganda War”, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 40:5, 357-375. Click here to view article. Abstract This study analyzes how Inspire and Dabiq seek to appeal to and radicalize English-Speaking Muslims. It examines how each magazine strategically designs ingroup, Other, … Continue reading

Just sharing – Jihad Selfie (an Indonesian counter radicalisation project)

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Just sharing – Mothers to Bombers: The Evolution of Indonesian Women Extremists

Institute for Policy Analysis of Conflict (2017), “Mothers to Bombers: The Evolution of Indonesian Women Extremists“, IPAC Report no. 35. Click here also to download.

Just sharing – Countering Daesh Extremism European and Asian Responses

Click here to download. Beatrice Gorawantschy, Rohan Gunaratna, Megha Sarmah, Patrick Rueppel (eds.) (2016), Countering Daesh Extremism European and Asian Responses, Panorama: Insights into Asian and Eurapean Affairs, 2/2016, Singapore: Konrad Adeneur Stiftung-RSIS. Contents Preface The Islamic State’s Eastward Expansion, Rohan Gunaratna Countering Daesh Extremism in South Asia, Ajai Sahni Challenges and Prospects for Daesh in Afghanistan and … Continue reading

Just sharing – What Does Dabiq Do? ISIS Hermeneutics and Organizational Fractures within Dabiq Magazine

Brandon Colas (2017), “What Does Dabiq Do? ISIS Hermeneutics and Organizational Fractures within Dabiq Magazine”, Studies in Conflict & Terrorism, 40:3, 173-190. Abstract The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)’s flagship English-language magazine, Dabiq, is a puzzle. The magazine is not, despite appearances, primarily designed for direct recruiting efforts or inciting violence against the … Continue reading

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