Religious Extremism

  • Moroccan King's Political Moves Spark Islamist Blowback

    May 08, 2017

    Rising sociopolitical tensions after recent moves by Morocco's King Mohammed VI to shift the balance of power within the country's mainstreamed Islamist party, the Justice and Development Party (PJD), suggest signs of blowback in the form of radicalization within the PJD and intensified activism by the banned, anti-monarchist Islamist movement, al-Adl wal-Ihsan (AWI).

  • Attack Demonstrates Global Impact of Saudi Islamist Investments

    April 26, 2017

    A perpetrator in the 2015 Islamist attack in San Bernadino was a graduate of one of Pakistan's fastest growing religious schools with branches across North America and Europe, controversial due to its funding stream and ideology linked to Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi Islamist jihadism.

  • New California Mosque Provokes Gender Controversy

    April 26, 2017

    A newly inaugurated, female-led mosque founded by a Christian convert from the University of California Berkeley's Start King School of Ministry has generated opposition to gender mixing from US Muslim groups such as the Muslim Community Association in Santa Clara, California.

  • Mob Attacks University Students Accused of Blasphemy Against Islam

    April 19, 2017

    A student mob in a Pakistani university attacked two students, one of whom died of injuries from lynching, after rumours began to spread that the deceased student had “allegedly published blasphemous content" on Facebook.

  • EP People‚Äôs Party Supports Ban on Full-face Veils

    April 12, 2017

    The Independent reports that the European Parliament’s (EP) largest political bloc, the European People’s Party, has adopted a resolution calling for an EU-wide ban on full-face veils, such as those worn by some Islamic women, “both for reasons of security and because seeing one another’s faces is an integral part of human interaction in Europe”.  

  • German Minister Calls for EU "Hate Speech" Fines

    April 05, 2017

    AP reports that, as the German Government advanced legislation imposing fines of up to 50 million euros on social media platforms that do not rapidly remove what authorities determine is "hate speech" or fake news, German Justice Minister Heiko Maas argued that the EU must take up similar measures to make them effective.

  • Kazakhstan Prosecutes Utterance of "Amen" in Mosques

    March 30, 2017

    Kazakhstan state officials are prosecuting citizens for speaking the word "amen" in mosques, and the state's Muslim Board is seizing mosques charged with such speech violations, based on the finding that the word is an offense to the state-monopoly version of Sunni Islam sanctioned by the country's authoritarian regime.

  • Turkey's Islamist Purges Extend to Human Rights Group

    March 30, 2017

    Turkey's main Islamic human rights organization, Mazlumdee, has undergone an internal purge of individuals and local branches critical of the ruling AKP Islamist government, with new personnel installed who are loyalists to the AKP's Islamist hardline rejection of human rights as a Western invention and connivance.

  • Pakistan Plays Key Role in Islamic Military Cooperation

    March 30, 2017

    The new Pakistan command over the Islamic Military Alliance to Fight Terrorism could be a game changer for the 41-member-state security arrangement, as Islamabad moves to give strategic heft to a "Muslim NATO" by engineering a rapprochement between Saudi Arabia and Iran over Sunni-Shiite conflicts.

  • Islamic Groups Push Back on US Anti-Sharia Measures

    March 29, 2017

    Islamic organizations in the US are intensifying opposition to proposed bills in US state legislatures to ban the application of any foreign law that contradicts US state and federal constitutions, arguing that banning sharia because of its severe limitations on gender and family rights is "a stupid solution to a non-existent problem."

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