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Maldives – Managing Moderation and Radicalism

Maldives – the atoll nation in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) is facing the challenge of managing moderation and radicalism given the variation in degree of faith and practices of Islam in the country.

The religion of the State of the Maldives is Islam. Islam shall be the one of the basis of all the laws of the Maldives (b) No law contrary to any tenet of Islam shall be enacted in the Maldives as per the Maldives Constitution.

In addition a non Muslim cannot be a citizen of Maldives.

Despite the strictures a large number of citizens of Maldives are secular and follow the moderate practices in Islam. However recently there are a few radical organisations that have gained prominence which has resulted in the atoll nation sending the largest per capita youth including some families to join the Islamic State of Iraq and al Shams (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria................................

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