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Dr. Saad Khan's newly published book

Thu. Jan. 7, 2021

"Perceptions of Ethnicity, Religion, and Radicalization" book coverPerceptions of Ethnicity, Religion, and Radicalization among Second-Generation Pakistani-Canadians: Unity in Diversity?
Published by Saad Ahmad Khan 
Rowman and Littlefield Publishing Group

“Why do they hate us?” The answer to a seemingly simple question made famous by U.S. President George W. Bush in the wake of 9/11 has become more complex with the entrance of homegrown terrorists into many armed conflicts. Why do they hate us so much that some of them try to kill us en masse, even though they are born and raised with us, go to school with us, and work with us. This book offers an in-depth analysis to the phenomenon of radicalization of second-generation Pakistani-Canadians. Based on interviews with second-generation Pakistani-Canadians from various backgrounds, Saad Ahmad Khan argues that radicalization is a complex and layered process stemming from multiple sources ranging from childhood experiences to the role of Saudi Arabia in exporting its brand of Islam. Individual, social, national, and international factors need to be addressed holistically, if radicalization of second-generation individuals is to be pre-empted and subsequent generations saved from the scourge of violence and terrorism.

Chapter 1. A Past We Agree Upon?
Chapter 2 Theories, Theories…Theories: In Literature We Trust
Chapter 3 Identity: What’s In a Race?
Chapter 4 Radicalization: What Cannot Be Eschewe’d Must Be Embraced?
Chapter 5 Hope (And Fear) Lie Eternal: Envisioning the Future
Chapter 6 Envisioning a Future: Future Policy Directions

Saad Ahmad Khan is an academic and international human rights lawyer whose work focuses on the dynamics which lead to radicalization of second-generation immigrants in countries such as Canada. His other research areas include international law and counter-terrorism, international criminal law, immigrant experiences of resettlement, post-conflict/post-peace accord rebuilding and civil liberties in a polarized world. Saad has been a part of the Global College Community since 2014.