Religious Extremism

  • US Faces Complications from Islamist Infighting in Turkey

    November 20, 2017

    The intense infighting between Turkey’s Islamist government and the alternative Islamist Gulenist grassroots continues to complicate the relations between the US and Turkey, as Ankara has accused the US of ignoring the Gulenists' "penetration of the American justice system" and of the US consulate in Istanbul.

  • Saudi Rebranding of Islam Ignores Problem of Islamism

    November 20, 2017

    As Saudi Arabia promotes the kingdom’s new King Salman Complex for Islamic Scholarship to rebrand Islam as moderate and anti-violence, skeptics charge that continuing state finance and control over the Center’s scholars and output means Wahhabi thought and other forms of extremist Islamist will remain unchallenged and, therefore, pervasive.

  • Mideast Geopolitical Realignment Centers on Competing Islamisms

    November 20, 2017

    The realignment of Mideast geopolitics underway since the formation of the anti-Qatar quartet of Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt turns on the competing Islamisms of the region's two main Islamist theocracies, Sunni Saudi Arabia and Shiite Iran.

  • Turkish Law Permits Muslim Clerics to Conduct Civil Marriages

    November 20, 2017

    The Islamization of law and society continues under Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party, with the passage of a new law that gives Muslim clerics the right to perform civil marriages in Turkey, as human rights groups warn the law will create the possibility of polygamy and child brides in accordance with conservative Islamist interpretations.

  • Pakistani Islamists Protest Amended Election Oath

    November 15, 2017

    One of Pakistan’s hardline Islamist parties, the Tehrik-e-Labaik, or Movement of the Prophet’s Followers, flexed their strength with a demonstration that led government officials to close down highway travel into the country’s capital city, as protesters condemned as blasphemous to Islam’s prophet Mohammed a minor change in language to the oath of office for elected officials.

  • Pakistan’s Punitive Blasphemy Laws Target Christians

    November 15, 2017

    Christians remain a favored target of Pakistan’s punitive blasphemy laws, which international human rights groups continue to condemn as violations of free speech and conscience.

  • Saudi Sociopolitical Upheaval Targets Wahhabi Islamism

    November 15, 2017

    The massive sociopolitical upheavals underway in Saudi Arabia, catalyzed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s decision to allow women the right to drive and his recent anti-corruption dragnet, has been part of a more complex effort to curtail the expansive powers of the Wahhabi establishment and the draconian Islamist culture that has dominated the theocratic kingdom.

  • Malaysian Media Urges Public Discussion of Islamism

    November 15, 2017

    The growing radicalization of Islamist discourse and penetration of Arab jihadi groups in Malaysia is spurring some of the country's media to call for public debate about the causes and sources of extremism in one of Asia's geopolitically important countries that has sent significant numbers of fighters to support the Islamic State and al-Qaeda operations in the Mideast.

  • Saudi Political Shakeup Raises Risk of Mideast Conflict

    November 14, 2017

    The political purge and corruption dragnet underway by Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince, second in line for the throne of the Wahhabi theocracy, is creating unprecedented authoritarianism inside the country and threatens to provoke direct Saudi-Iran violence in the already geopolitically unstable Gulf region.

  • UK Court Rejects Muslim School Segregation Appeal

    November 13, 2017

    A UK appeals court has rejected an appeal from the Association of Muslim Schools (AMS) requesting review of a ruling that some AMS schools were causing discrimination through their policy of gender discrimination on the grounds of sharia law requirements.

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