Religious Extremism

  • Taliban’s Virtue-Vice Ministry Uses Sharia in Expanding Assault Women’s Rights

    December 27, 2021

    The Taliban Islamist regime ruling Afghanistan is expanding its assault on women’s rights, as the Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice is deploying Islamic sharia law to justify restrictions on women’s freedom of movement without male companions, requirements on head coverings in order for women to take taxis, and bans on education for girls and women. 

  • Turkey’s Islamists Expand TV Censorship as New Year’s Celebrations Approach

    December 27, 2021

    Turkey’s Ministry of Religious Affairs and the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTUK) are expanding their media censorship for the approaching New Year’s celebrations in reaction to state-imposed prohibitions on televised programming of  traditional belly dancing.

  • Politico: Facebook Is Choice Platform for Islamic Extremists

    December 22, 2021

    Facebook is a choice social media platform for Islamic extremist groups and their supporters using a range of content to radicalize, recruit, and compete, with a study by Politico showing that IS, Taliban, and Islamic sectarian posts, especially foreign-language materials, avoiding the algorithms and other control tools used by the social media giant to prevent incitement to hate and violence. 

  • Weak Detention Centers for IS Fighters Pose Durable Threat

    December 22, 2021

    Weak, over-crowded detention centers in Syria that house for IS fighters held for lengthy periods pending resolution of judicial proceedings are devolving into « mini-caliphate » conditions presenting a durable threat from the Islamist extremist group, according to analysis by British counterterrorism officials and think tank research. 

  • OIC to US: Separate Taliban’s Human Rights Performance from Humanitarian Aid to Afghanistan

    December 21, 2021

    In a summit meeting of foreign ministers from the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) that pledged a special humanitarian aid for Afghanistan to be administered by the OIC’s Islamic Development Bank, called on the United States to decouple humanitarian assistance from the human rights performance of the ruling Islamist Taliban regime, with OIC characterizing the Taliban’s limits in the rights of women and girls as an expression of “differing interpretations of human rights.”

  • SE Europe Faces Islamist Radicalization Threat as Jihadi Families Return to Kosovo

    December 20, 2021

    According to, the jihadist families return to Kosovo from the IS caliphate front in Syria  presents a risk that Islamist extremist ideology and actors may be imported into the Southeastern European country, as recent arrests and police activities point to the threats of radicalization and violence.

  • Radical Islamism in Indonesia Gets a Boost from Evolving Globalized Digital Media

    December 15, 2021

    Agus Sudibyo, a member of Indonesia’s Press Council has written a book highlighting that the globalization and concentration of digital media giants is changing the contours of Indonesia’s media landscape in ways that are enabling radical Islamist messaging, disinformation dissemination, and censorship pressures to conform to Islamic blasphemy laws in the worlds most populous Muslim-majority country.

  • Afghan Legal Sector Falls Victim to Sharia Regime Under Taliban

    December 08, 2021

    The independence of Afghanistan’s legal profession came to an end with the Taliban takeover of the country’s Independent Bar Association (AIBA), followed by the sharia regime’s new mandate that licenses to practice law will now be the exclusive purview of the Ministry of Justice, which also took complete control of all AIBA personnel records. 

  • OIC & Al-Azhar Condemn Israel for Hannukah Actions in Hebron

    December 04, 2021

    The global, multilateral Organization of Islamic Cooperation and international Sunni community’s leading institution of Al-Azhar University issued multiple condemnations of Israel for Hannukah celebrations at the Ibrahimi Tomb of the Abrahamic Patriarchs Mosque in Hebron, charging the Jewish settlers with aggression against Islamic sanctity.

  • Lawyer's Blasphemy Conviction Underscores Hardline Islamist Influence in Egypt

    December 04, 2021

    Egyptian security courts meted out a five-year imprisonment sentence to a high-profile Islamic thinker and lawyer convicted of blaspheming Islam because of his calls for an Islamic enlightenment, with the maximum sentence for contempt of religion and provoking sectarianism highlighting the leverage of Islamist hardliners.

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