Religious Extremism

  • Election Contest Is a Litmus Test on Indonesian Islamism

    February 20, 2017

    Indonesia's standing as a secular state safeguarding principles of religious pluralism is facing an ongoing litmus test in the second round of the election for Governor of Jakarta, as hardline Islamist groups remain committed to rolling protests against the ethnic Chinese-Christian incumbent governor for his alleged blasphemy against Islam.

  • Blasphemy Killer Shrine Underscores Extremism in Pakistan

    February 14, 2017

    The construction of a memorial shrine and mosque to honor a police officer convicted of murdering a provincial governor in Pakistan, Salman Taseer, because of his campaign to overturn the country's draconian Islamic blasphemy laws, indicates the extent of societal support for such blasphemy ordinances.

  • Experts Link Global Islamism, Authoritarian Regimes

    February 03, 2017

    Some experts argue that the global jihadist movement receives support from authoritarian "Muslim regimes and governments who have appropriated Salafist-Wahhabist symbols" to divert attention from economic deprivation at home and to justify jihadi-civilizational attacks against non-Muslim and Muslim targets.

  • US Report Warns of Rising Islamism in Afghanistan

    February 03, 2017

    A US government report from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction details a bleak picture of the "Talibanization" of the country, with opium-related revenue and violence fueling the Islamist terror group's growing strength against a weak, corrupt, and inefficient Afghan state.

  • Pakistan Pursues Aggressive Islamization

    January 25, 2017

    Christine Fair writes that a constellation of radical Islamist actors has penetrated and co-opted Pakistan's military, intelligence, and security agencies, leading to the consolidation of an Islamist authoritarian regime that aggressively represses all civil society opposition and that has made the country one of the most dangerous global exporters of jihadism.

  • Egypt's Establishment Aims to Ban Popular Film

    January 25, 2017

    Signaling a clampdown by hardliners in Egypt's Islamist religious establishment on cultural criticism of Islamist militancy, government agencies for religious affairs and members of the Al-Azhar university have joined forces to condemn a popular film called Preached as subverting Islamist orthodoxy and to pressure the state to ban the film from cinemas.

  • Rights Group Warns of Extremist Islamization of Mali

    January 25, 2017

    A new report by Human Rights Watch warns of the rising strength of a cluster of Islamist extremist groups in Mali, reflected in the imposition of sharia law in a growing number of villages in the West African nation, the targeted persecution and repression of Christians, and the intimidation and forced conscription of Muslim children into jihadi militias.

  • Riyadh Rebukes Critiques Linking Saudis with Extremism

    January 24, 2017

    Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister has rebuked French presidential candidates critiquing Saudi Arabia as a global funder and exporter of Islamist extremism, accusing the politicians of contributing to a misperception of the Islamist theocracy as a purveyor of religious intolerance and religious radicalism.

  • Bangladesh Textbooks Signal Growing Islamist Impact

    January 23, 2017

    Last-minute revisions to Bangladesh's public school textbooks at the demand of an umbrella group of conservative Islamist religious scholars. whose goals are gender-segregation of education and a national curriculum and textbook board that exclude non-Muslims from membership, signal the growing influence of Islamists on the country's government and society.

  • Iran's Conservatives Seek to Undermine Reformer's Legacy

    January 23, 2017

    The hardline conservatives in Iran's Islamist theocracy have moved into high-gear to rewrite the history of Islamist reformer Ayatollah Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, whose recent death has re-energized political and media debate in Iran about the value of liberalizing reforms to the country's hardline Islamist regime.

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