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Emerging from the ruins of the Islamic State, jihadists hope to build a new paradise in the Indian Ocean

Updated : December 30, 2019 12:39 PM IST

Long having based their legitimacy on Islam, Maldives political leaders are beginning to grasp that their opportunistic relationship with jihadists has unleashed forces which threaten to engulf them all.
A Class IX Islamic studies textbook, for example, tells students, “performing jihad against people that obstruct the religion” is an obligation.
Emerging from the ruins of the Islamic State, jihadists hope to build a new paradise in the Indian Ocean
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