Religious Extremism

  • Saudi King's Junket Shows Dangers of Islamist Diplomacy

    March 20, 2017

    The recent Asia junket of Saudi Arabia's King Salman, a comprehensive initiative meant to use infusions of petrodollars to reinforce the Wahhabi Kingdom's global monopoly over fundamentalist Islamism, also reinforced the dangers consequent to creating ripe breeding grounds for competing versions of militant Islamism defined by religious intolerance and sectarian violence.

  • Turkey's Islamists Stoke Clash of Civilizations with Europe

    March 20, 2017

    Senior officials in Turkey's Islamist government are stoking a clash-of-civilizations perspective that pits Turkey against the West, warning EU Muslims that Dutch politicians are "Nazi remnants" who are driving Europe to wars of religion "between the cross and the crescent."

  • Pakistan Pressures Social Media on Blasphemy

    March 20, 2017

    Pakistan has deployed its embassy in Washington, DC, to request Facebook and Twitter to provide personal tracking data on social media users targeted by the Islamic Republic as perpetrators of blasphemy in order to prosecute them for what is a capital crime in that country.

  • Iran's Islamic Vanguard Cracks Down on Christians

    March 14, 2017

    Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the vanguard institution of the Islamist regime, has arrested converts to Christianity and performed dragnets of Christian literature in a crackdown against Roman Catholicism as a putative domestic threat.

  • Turkey's Islamists Divide on Caliphate

    March 14, 2017

    In a move underscoring the state's willingness to silence all voices that challenge the ruling party's hegemony over Islamism, Turkey's Islamist government arrested leading members of one of the country's key global Islamist groups, Hizb ut-Tahrir, on the pretext of a disagreement over an annual conference on the restoration of the Ottoman caliphate.

  • Indonesia Visit Reflects Saudi Islamist Strategy

    March 08, 2017

    Saudi Arabia's King Salman's visit to Indonesia reflects the Gulf kingdom's longstanding cultivation of an "Islamist ecosystem" in the world's most populous Muslim-majority country, part of a global strategy of Saudi investing in Islamist extremist educational institutions, political organizations, and infrastructure.

  • Turkey's Islamic Nationalism Is Recreating the Ottoman Caliphate

    February 28, 2017

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has used 15 years of uninterrupted power to implement a domestic and foreign policy agenda that synthesizes Islamism and nationalism toward the goal of creating a new Ottoman Empire and reviving the caliphate in Turkey.

  • Maryland Mosque Memorializes Pakistani Murderer

    February 21, 2017

    A mosque in Pikesville, Maryland, celebrated a one-year memorial honoring as a holy man the assassin of a governor in Pakistan who had called for the abrogation of the country’s draconian Islamic blasphemy laws.

  • 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.

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