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Islamism and radicalism in the Maldives

Islamism and radicalism in the Maldives

Country: 
Maldives
News Date: 
01/12/2011
Sharia Watch
Summary: 

Recently, the syncretic religious traditions and lax attitudes towards religious practices have been changing rapidly, greatly aided by the presence of social Islamic organizations, and their use of mass media and abundant resources. The level of religiosity is increasing; old traditions and customs are being dismissed as being bid’ah (inventions contrary to the teachings of Islam) and certain segments of the society are growing intensely conservative. Evidence of this is given by the fact that issues such as female genital mutilation (FGM) and Islamic faith healing (Ruqya) are being advocated by the Islamist organizations.