'I am nobody': Grievances, organic members, and the MILF in Muslim Mindanao

This paper considers the role played by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in reconciliation, dispute settlement and justice initiatives

Abstract

This paper attempts to offer an improved understanding of the role played by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in initiatives of reconciliation, dispute settlement, and justice more broadly. The authors set out to study the MILF as a governance actor rather than solely an armed actor and to consider how political power and legitimacy can be created through the provision of justice and security to local populations. They also analyse how the MILF has approached clan-based intra-Muslim tensions and disputes.

The authors have undertaken extensive fieldwork in the region over the past six years and, based on the data collected, suggest a redefinition of the MILF as a broader social movement that has incorporated a range of grassroots organisations to position itself as a credible public authority.

Citation

Adam, J.; Flaam, H. ‘I am nobody’: Grievances, organic members, and the MILF in Muslim Mindanao. Justice and Security Research Programme, London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), London, UK (2016) 26p [JSRP Paper 29]

‘I am nobody’: Grievances, organic members, and the MILF in Muslim Mindanao

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