Religious Extremism

  • 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.

  • Turkey Appoints Imam to Church of Aghia Sophia

    October 25, 2016

    The Turkish government has announced the appointment of a permanent imam to the Church of Aghia Sophia, the world's largest Christian cathedral in medieval times, converted to a mosque and then to a museum, underscoring the country's ongoing Islamization policies.

  • Pakistan Court Delays Hearing of Blasphemy Case

    October 24, 2016

    Former Member of Pakistan's Parliament Farahnaz Ispahani and Nina Shea of the Hudson Institute write that the delayed Pakistan Supreme Court hearing on the conviction of Asia Bibi, a Christian condemned to death under the country's 1986 blasphemy law, due to religious tensions signals the weakness of the country's institutions in the face of "blasphemy-law vigilantism."

  • 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.

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