Religious Extremism

  • 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.

  • Turkey Reforms Education to Include Jihad Curriculum

    January 23, 2017

    Turkey's Minister of Education has announced plans to further the government's use of public education as an active tool in the Islamization of society by incorporating teaching on the concept of jihad as a compulsory component in the middle school and high school curriculum.

  • Saudi Grand Mufti Targets Vision 2030 Reforms

    January 23, 2017

    In a statement widely viewed as a warning to the country's Deputy Crown Prince to avoid the introduction of any political-cultural reforms as part of the "Vision 2030" economic modernization program, the Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia, the top religious authority in the Wahhabi Islamist Kingdom, has condemned cinemas and music concerts as corruptions of Islam.

  • Indiana Curriculum on Sharia Causes Controversy

    January 23, 2017

    The New Albany-Floyd County School Board in Indiana is reviewing a curriculum assignment on sharia law in response to parental concerns that a student worksheet asking for views on sharia law whitewashes the human rights violations associated with strict Islamist laws and practices, especially those related to gender equality.

  • Activists Disappear After Critique of Pakistan's Military

    January 16, 2017

    In the aftermath of their most recent critiques of the authoritarian collaboration between Islamist clerical hardliners and state security institutions, four of Pakistan's most prominent civil and religious rights activists have disappeared, and the government has shut down their blogs.

  • Saudi Prince Prepares for Opposition to Reform Program

    January 16, 2017

    The Saudi Arabian Deputy Crown Prince who is spearheading the country's Vision 2030 economic reform package has announced a multifaceted strategy, combining punitive measures and dialogue, to ameliorate anticipated opposition to reform from the Islamist extremist Wahhabi religious establishment.

  • Nigerian Muslim Cleric Opposes Legalization of Gender Equality

    December 30, 2016

    The leading cleric of Nigeria's Muslim committee opposes a new national bill that would give women and men equal inheritance rights, arguing that such gender equality is a violation of Islamic law.

  • Islamist Loyalty Drives Iran's Religious Freedom Violations

    December 30, 2016

    The recent uptick in Christmas-related repressions against Christians by the Iranian government serve as a reminder of the Islamist theocracy's widespread religious freedom violations, especially against Muslim converts to Christianity and against "non-confirming" Muslims who deviate from the state-sponsored Shiite interpretation of Islam.

  • Marriage Controversy Underlines Sharia Influence in Nigeria

    December 30, 2016

    Relatives of a 13-year-old girl in one of Nigeria's provinces subject to sharia law are seeking the state governor's intervention to prevent plans by her father to wed her to a 56-year-old Koranic school teacher who is already married to multiple wives.

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