Religious Extremism

  • Activists Grow Bolder in Dissent Against Saudi Wahhabi Regime

    October 24, 2016

    A coalition of civil society dissenters led by the minority Shiite Muslim community, women's activists, and human rights groups is placing the ruling compact between the Saudi royal family and the Wahhabi religious establishment under increasing pressure, with the effects of fiscal tightening and regional military adventurism serving as a catalyst.

  • Saudi "Vision 2030" Obscures Human Rights Repression

    October 20, 2016

    The Saudi Arabian government's "Vision 2030” is an ambitious plan for modernizing the country's economy, but the institutionalized repression of human rights, such as speech and assembly freedoms and due process, reflects the authoritarian influences of the country's Wahhabi ruling elites.

  • Education Is Battleground for Islamists in Jordan

    October 18, 2016

    The Jordanian Ministry of Education's textbook reform initiative, moving away from messages equating Islam with ethics and citizenship toward messages of religious pluralism, highlights a recognition by state policymakers that Islamists are targeting public education for religious indoctrination, radicalization, and militant activism.

  • Floggings Increase as Sharia Intensifies in Indonesian Province

    October 18, 2016

    Indonesia's Aceh Province, governed by sharia law since the negotiated victory of an Islamist insurgency there in 2005, has witnessed a sharp increase in public floggings as a mode of imposing Islamic social conformity, signaling a subtle shift in the local impact of Islamism in the country with the world's largest Muslim population.

  • Chess Becomes New Islamization Battleground

    October 11, 2016

    The decision of a US women's chess champion to boycott the 2017 Women's World Chess Championship in Iran due to Islamic Republic laws imposing hijabs on the participants has provoked an international debate over the impacts of forced Islamization in sports on gender rights.

  • Iran Spreads Shiite Extremism to Mediterranean

    October 11, 2016

    International security experts warn that the impending battle to push Islamic State forces out of the key Iraq city of Mosul may enhance Iran's objective of securing a Shiite extremist corridor to the Mediterranean Sea.

  • Turkey Minister Accuses Global Forces of Islamophobia, Defamation

    October 11, 2016

    Turkey's Youth and Sports Minister Akif Çağatay Kılıç has called on a conference of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul to combat the global forces "who want to see Muslim countries slip into social and political chaos" and to be aware of "Islamophobia and defamation of Islam as malicious attempts to negatively influence young people."

  • Islamist Extremism Endangers Turkey's Christians and Jews

    September 28, 2016

    Hardline Islamists in Turkey's state media and Islamic State cells inside Turkey are inciting violence against the country's small Christian and Jewish communities, scapegoating these vulnerable communities as "infidels," "seeds of Byzantium," and collaborators in the July coup attempt against Turkey's government.

  • Jordanian Writer Is Murdered Before Blasphemy Trial

    September 28, 2016

    The murder of a prominent Jordanian writer outside the Amman court where he was facing trial on blasphemy charges for offending Islam has provoked an outcry over freedoms of speech, religion, and thought in a country critical to US efforts to combat Islamic State-related militancy and extremism.

  • Calls for Blasphemy Laws in Gaza Test Hamas

    September 23, 2016

    The Hamas leadership ruling in Gaza is facing what amounts to a litmus test of the movement's Islamist orientation, facing controversy over a proposal by Islamist militants for laws criminalizing blasphemy against Islam that has provoked widespread opposition from Palestinian public intellectuals, scholars, and social media users.

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