Religious Extremism

  • Islamist Mentality in Egypt Exacerbates Christian Persecution

    November 16, 2016

    Coptic Christians in Egypt face a continuing barrage of state discrimination and societal violence and hostility, as Egyptian state authorities, under both Muslim Brotherhood and military-secularist governments, reinforce an Islamist majoritarian mentality that positions the country's indigenous Christian community as second-class citizens.

  • Islamist Ideology Blocks Incrementalist Change in Saudi Arabia

    November 09, 2016

    The embeddedness of Wahhabi ideology in Saudi Arabia's social mores and political culture and the dominance of Islamist norms in public education form strong impediments to the gradualist program of socio-economic reform from the Vision 2030 modernization package launched by Saudi Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud.

  • Murray Warns of Dutch Religious Speech Restrictions

    November 08, 2016

    Commentator Douglas Murray identifies the trial in the Netherlands of anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders for a speech in which he supported removing Moroccans from the country as a modern European "blasphemy" trial in which the state polices religious criticism.

  • NATO Member Turkey Moves Toward Islamist Autocracy

    November 07, 2016

    Last week's continuing political and media purges and emergency decrees on the annual Republic Day celebrations by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan moved the NATO ally one step closer to an Islamist autocracy and signaled that the consolidation of an Islamist dictatorship amounts to a return to an Ottoman Empire model of governance and geopolitics.

  • Shiite Iran Makes Gains on Sunni Saudi Arabia

    November 07, 2016

    The geopolitics of the Mideast reflect rising threat levels for the region and global stability, given the intensification of Islamist power struggles stretching from the Arabian Gulf to the Eastern Mediterranean that indicate Shiite Iran registering gains in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, at the expense of Sunni Saudi Arabia.

  • Islamist Extremists Flex Power in Indonesia

    November 07, 2016

    The growing power of Islamist extremists was on full display in a violent public protest in the capital city of Indonesia, the country with the world's largest Muslim population, where the Islamic Defenders Group led a massive rally demanding the resignation of a Christian mayoral candidate for comments deemed "insulting to the Koran."

  • Violence Is Backbone of Turkey's Islamist Autocracy

    November 07, 2016

    Turkey's President has appointed hardline Islamist nationalists throughout the country's police force and has weaponized "Ottoman youth brigades," indicating that violence is the backbone of the country's consolidating Islamist autocracy.

  • Turkey's Islamists Continue Assault on Media Freedoms

    October 31, 2016

    In the past week, Turkey's Islamist government has used "anti-terrorist" charges and accusations of complicity in the summer coup attempt to shutter 15 more independent news organizations, jail journalists critical of the country's president, and interrupt internet access in the Kurdish-majority southeastern part of the country, which has been under emergency rule for over a year.

  • Ancient Christians Will Remain Targets in Post-IS Mosul

    October 31, 2016

    The communal squabbling of Sunni and Shia Iraqis and Kurds regarding a post-Islamic State Mosul bodes poorly for a return of the ancient Iraqi Christian communities that have been targeted for religious cleansing by various Islamist groups in Iraqi violence since 2003.

  • States Debate Islamist Alternatives to Saudi Wahhabism

    October 31, 2016

    The exploration by Chechnya, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates of the Sufi Islamic tradition as an alternative to the Wahhabi extremist version of Islam practiced and exported by Saudi Arabia suggests the ongoing, global impact of competing, violent Islamist movements.

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