Jihadists Assemble: the rise of militant Islamism in Southeast Asia

Event details

PSC Seminar

Date & time

Tuesday 25 July 2017


PSC Reading Room 4.27, Hedley Bull Centre (130), Garran Road, ANU
ANU Canberra


Quinton Temby


Helen McMartin

After the attacks of September 11, 2001, in the US and the Bali bombings in Indonesia the following year, Southeast Asia came under scrutiny for its role in the rise of militant Islamism. In this presentation, I argue that, due to complex historical and geographical reasons, the region played a surprisingly large part in the emergence of global jihadism leading up to and including September 11. To this end, I draw on the new field of assemblage theory to advance the concept of a regional jihadist assemblage, defined as a distributed and heterogeneous formation of jihadist actors and materials cross-cutting both organisational and territorial boundaries. I trace the emergence of this assemblage over time and space, from its origins in the cycles of conflict between jihadists and the state in Indonesia in the late 1940s.

About the Speaker
Quinton Temby is Associate Lecturer in Asian Studies at Murdoch University.

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