The rise of the Islamic faith in South Asia is a subject that has taken on global importance due to the rise in Muslim populations.
In South Asia, the number of Muslims has risen from 5.6 million in 2007 to over 12.7 million today, according to the Pew Research Center.
Yet, some are questioning whether the rise is a good thing or if the increase is a consequence of the global war on terror.
One such question is whether Islam is the answer to the global religious conflict.
A group of researchers from Hillong University in Thailand, led by professor of theology S.V. Raja, published a study on the rise and rise of Muslim religious extremism in South Asian countries.
The study was published in the journal Islamic Studies in August, 2016.
The findings from the study reveal that in South East Asia, India and Bangladesh, religious extremism has taken the form of violent attacks, religious proselytization, and violent attacks on other Muslims.
The researchers found that in India, there has been an increase in the number and severity of religious extremist acts in the last five years.
In Bangladesh, the situation has worsened as the country has witnessed the rise to the position of the most militant Muslim country in the world, according the report.
In India, in 2016, there were at least 10 violent attacks against Muslims in the country, and the most serious of these attacks was on a police station in the city of Agartala, in April.
The report stated that in 2017, there was an increase of six instances of violence against Muslims.
In 2017, two Muslims were killed in a terrorist attack in the southern Indian state of Bihar, while another Muslim was killed in February in a violent attack in a Hindu temple in Uttar Pradesh.
According to the report, the attacks were carried out by armed groups such as Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh, Jaish-e Mujahideen, the Indian Mujahidin, and Jamaat-e Islami Bangladesh.
The authors said that the rise was linked to the terrorist attacks in Kashmir, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka in the late 1990s.
In 2016, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for the suspension of Islamic activities in the Indian state and asked his Muslim ministers to ban the activities of religious extremists.
However, the government in Bangladesh has remained steadfast in its stance against Islamic extremism and continues to condemn religious extremism.
“We will not allow Islamic activities to be affected,” said the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a statement.
“The government of Bangladesh has always condemned all forms of religious extremism and violence and its condemnation has been strong and firm,” said Hasina.
In May 2017, Bangladeshi Prime Minister Mohammad Zahid Hamidur Rahman said that Bangladesh would not allow religious extremism to grow in Bangladesh.
“Bangladesh is not the place where we should be preaching this,” he said.
In March 2018, the Bangladesh government banned the Jihadi Movement of Bangladesh (JMB), a group which claimed responsibility for the April 26 terror attack on a Hindu shrine in Agartal, in which 16 people were killed.
However this ban has not been extended to the Bangladesh Islamic Movement (Bangla).
In March 2017, Bangladesh launched a major campaign to ban religious extremism, targeting mosques, schools, and places of worship.
The government has also banned all religious activities, including religious sermons, from mosques, as well as mosques and other places of religious worship, according a press release from the Ministry of Religious Affairs.