Religious Extremism

  • IS Uses Torture to Indoctrinate Women Recruits

    September 21, 2017

    According to ongoing research conducted by the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism, the recruitment of women to Islamic State (IS) positions reveals a systematic indoctrination process of psychological terror and physical isolation that is replicated in the brutality of torture meted out by women against women.

  • Egyptian Salafist Networks Target Christian Girls

    September 20, 2017

    Egyptian Salafist groups working in coordination with regional and international Islamist extremist networks are targeting Coptic Christian girls for kidnapping to extract ransom monies from families and sell girls into global human trafficking and sexual exploitation networks.

  • Ruling Permits Pillage of Egypt's Antiquities

    September 20, 2017

    An Islamic religious ruling (fatwa) issued by one of Egypt's foundational Islamic religious institutions has sanctioned the rights of individuals to excavate and profit from the country’s antiquities, provoking push-back from some scholars and state officials who condemn the ruling as paving the way for pillage of the country's cultural patrimony.

  • Boko Haram Is Likely Perpetrator in Nigerian Attack

    September 20, 2017

    Nigerian security officials and international non-governmental organizations report that two female suicide bombers, most likely part of the Islamist militant group Boko Haram, perpetrated a terror attack in the ongoing jihadi effort to impose sharia law throughout Nigeria.

  • European Climate Ripe for Third-Generation Jihadism

    September 20, 2017

    The recent Islamic State-related terror attack in London has demonstrated the threat of third-generation jihadism in Europe, as the combination of Islamist doctrine, economic malaise, and Left-Right political polarization are creating fertile ground for the growth of jihadism throughout the continent. 

  • Grand Jury Indicts Turkish Security for DC Violence

    September 01, 2017

    A US grand jury has indicted 19 people, including 15 members of the security detail during the Turkish President's visit to Washington, DC, for felony charges of conspiracy to commit violence, in the aftermath of attacks by the security team against peaceful demonstrators protesting human rights violations by the Islamist government in Turkey.

  • Report Links Islamism, Blasphemy Laws, and Rights Violations

    August 31, 2017

    A newly released report on blasphemy laws by a US government expert commission on international religious freedom reveals the comparatively high number of cases in which Islamist regimes use blasphemy laws to limit fundamental rights, with criminalization under penalty of imprisonment or death in worst-offender countries.

  • Sunni Hardliners Condemn Tunisian Inheritance Reforms

    August 28, 2017

    Conservative clerics at Egypt's Al-Azhar university, the leading jurisprudential authority in global Sunni Islam, have condemned as impermissible and blasphemous a proposal by Tunisia's president for changes in women's inheritance rights as part of broader legal reforms aimed at gender equality before the law.

  • Turkey's Islamists Target Cultural References from Antiquity

    August 28, 2017

    Turkey's constellation of Islamist parties is extending its Islamization project to an assault on cultural references from antiquity, demanding the removal from public view of a statue of Greek philosopher Diogenes, born in the Black Sea area now part of Turkey, as a foreign cultural plot.

  • Indian Court Rules Against Islamic Divorce Practice

    August 28, 2017

    India's Supreme Court ruled against the practice of instant divorce used frequently in the country's large Muslim community, a move heralded by international and local rights organizations as an important step toward developing uniform civil code protections for equal rights for all citizens and protecting Muslim women against socioeconomic marginalization by hardline Islamist laws.

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