Global Political Islam

  • 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”.  

  • Attack on Copts Shows Islamist Geopolitics of Religious Cleansing

    April 12, 2017

    The Islamic State's (IS) latest lethal attack on Coptic Christians in Egypt signals the shift from episodic communal violence targeting Christians to a pattern of sustained terror using a model of jihadist geopolitics aiming at the religious cleansing of Christians from the entire Mideast.  

  • Saudi Arabia Pursues Nuclear Advances to Counter Iran

    April 12, 2017

    Nuclear weapons experts warn that Saudi Arabia is reaching out to China and Pakistan for help in expanding the Kingdom's nuclear development programs, in an effort to gain Sunni dominance over Shiite Iran, signaling a dangerous new phase in the global geopolitical competition between the Mideast's leading Islamic theocracies.

  • UK Central Bank Develops Sharia Options for Retail Banking

    April 12, 2017

    The Bank of England is working with the UK's five Islamic banks to develop options for sharia-based retail banking services that would comply with Islamic financial bans on the use of interest as London seeks to retain its status as an international financial hub following the UK’s exit from the EU.

  • Terror Attack on Westminster Underscores Power of Islamist Ideas

    April 12, 2017

    The Islamic State's (IS) online recruiting magazine, Rumiyah, last year ran an article exhorting loyalists to carry out exactly the kind of vehicle suicide attack perpetrated recently against civilians on London's Westminster Bridge by a British convert to Islam, a signal the power and content of religious ideas must be taken seriously in policy design for countering violent Islamism.

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