Global Political Islam

  • Declaration of Islamic Caliphate Raises Stakes in Global Jihadi Terror Competition

    July 11, 2014

    The recent declaration of an Islamic Caliphate, a transnational model of governance according to sharia law, by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”) is likely to provoke an escalation in global terrorism amongst competing jihadi groups, according to experts on religion and security.

  • Al-Shabaab Ratchets up Terror Attacks During Ramadan

    July 11, 2014

    The radical Islamist group Al-Shabaab dedicated to imposing sharia law throughout Africa has staged a string of terror attacks in Somalia since the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, including assaults over the last few days against the presidential palace and parliamentary buildings.

  • Bahrain-U.S. Diplomatic Dustup over Sunni-Shia Human Rights Tensions

    July 11, 2014

    The government of Bahrain has expelled a senior U.S. diplomat, the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, accusing him of interfering in the country's domestic affairs, after he met with Shia opposition groups that charge the country's Sunni government with violations of human rights and religious freedom.

  • Islamists and Secularists Implicated in Violence Against Women in Egypt

    July 11, 2014

    Studies of patterns of sexual violence, harassment, and associated human rights violations against women in Egypt indicate reveal systemic patterns implicating state institutions under both Islamist and secularist governments in the Middle East's most populous country.

  • Mainstreaming Islamic Banking by Rebranding Without "Islamic"

    July 11, 2014

    Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Saudi Arabia are leading a trial move to mainstream and grow the global footprint of Islamic banking, which relies on sharia-compliant/compatible products and regulations, by rebranding the industry through removal of the term "Islamic" from their institutions in key Western countries.

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