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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 681 posts for counterideology 2

A Rebuttal of Al-Qaeda and IS’s Theological Justification of Suicide Bombing

Muhammad Haniff Hassan (2017), “A Rebuttal of Al-Qaeda and IS’s Theological Justification of Suicide Bombing”, Counter Terrorist Trends and Analysis, vol. 9, no. 7, July. Click here to download or read. Included in the file an article, Abrogation and the Verse of Sword: Countering Extremists’ Justification of Violence, by Mahfuh Halimi, as supplementary reading. Advertisements

Just sharing – Theory of the rise of al-Qaeda

S. Yaqub Ibrahimi (2017), “Theory of the Rise of al-Qaeda”, Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 28 April. Click here for link to original article. ABSTRACT Since the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, DC, al-Qaeda and other extremist Islamist groups have become a focal point of international security debates. Drawing on … Continue reading

Just sharing – How Muslim Defenders Became “Blood Spilling” Crusaders: Adam Gadahn’s Critique of the “Jihadist” Subversion of Al Qaeda’s Media Warfare Strategy

Paul Kamolnick (2017), “How Muslim Defenders Became “Blood Spilling” Crusaders: Adam Gadahn’s Critique of the “Jihadist” Subversion of Al Qaeda’s Media Warfare Strategy”, Terrorism and Political Violence, 29:3, 444-463. Abstract Adam Gadahn’s Abbottabad letter offers a rare opportunity to examine how this Al Qaeda Senior Leadership (AQSL) media operative and spokesman conceptualizes and executes media warfare. In … Continue reading

Just sharing – Reemergence of Jemaah Islamiyah

Institute for Policy Analysis for Conflict Report no. 36, 27 April 2017. Click here to read or download Synopsis The report looks at the decline of JI after 2007 and the quiet rebuilding that has taken place since 2010 under the leadership of Para Wijayanto, a long-time JI member from Kudus who placed more emphasis … Continue reading

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

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