Religious Extremism

  • Turkish Prime Minister Rewriting American History for Islamist Audiences

    November 19, 2014

    Turkey's Islamist Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan expanded the pretensions of global Islamists to shaping world historical events, telling a recent summit of Latin American Muslim leaders that Muslim explorers discovered the Americas well before Columbus's arrival in the New World.

  • North America Gets First Islamic Art Museum in Canada

    November 12, 2014

    The politics of art are on full display in North America's first Muslim art museum, recently opened in Canada and funded entirely by the internationally renowned Agha Khan Foundation, whose leader represents an offshoot of Shiite Islam and who identifies the museum's mission as showing a kinder, gentler version of Islam that rejects the violent extremism of global Islamism.

  • Sharia Courts and Islamists Gaining Ground in Malaysia

    November 12, 2014

    The growing influence of sharia courts, supporting forced conversions to Islam of minors and child abductions by Muslim parents from non-Muslim parents, reflects the country's divided religious-civil judicial system and the strong leverage of Islamist groups in Malaysia's government.

  • Pakistan's Blasphemy Laws Generate Mob Violence in Name of Islam

    November 05, 2014

    A Christian couple in Pakistan was beaten and burned to death by a Muslim mob who accused the couple of Koran desecration, yet another incident reflecting the climate of extreme societal impunity generated by the country's Islamist blasphemy laws.

  • Extremist Islamism Gains Ground in Pakistan Textbook Changes

    October 31, 2014

    Education remains the battleground for struggles between extremist Islamists and their opponent in Pakistan, evidenced by public outcry over provincial government officials' announcement to change school textbooks in geography, history, and science to reflect Islamic ideas about jihad, blasphemy, and gender.

  • Saudi Islamism Used by Judiciary to Silence Free Speech

    October 29, 2014

    A court in Saudi Arabia sentenced three lawyers to extended imprisonment for criticizing judicial corruption and bias, only days after the country's top Muslim cleric condemned social media as "the source of all evil and devastation."

  • Public Protests in Iran Against Acid Attacks Against Women by Islamist Vigilantes

    October 23, 2014

    Following a recent series of attacks by Islamist vigilantes who threw acid in the face of Iranian women as punishment for "poor veiling" with the chador (hijab), Iranians have taken to the streets to protest the government's failure to use the full measure of the justice system to detain and prosecute the perpetrators of the assaults.

  • Saudi Application of Sharia for Public Beheadings Echoes IS Practices in Iraq and Syria

    October 22, 2014

    Saudi Arabia's justice system has come under criticism from international human rights groups, who point out that the use of sharia law to limit due process rights and to justify public beheadings reflects the same practices being used by the Islamist terror group The Islamic State (“IS”) in Iraq and Syria.

  • Islamist Political Parties at Center of Egyptian Court Decision on Ban of Religious Parties

    October 22, 2014

    Egypt's Court of Urgent Matters is deciding a lawsuit that would require the disbanding of a range of Islamist political parties, based on the constitutional prohibition on parties "formed on the basis of religion, gender or ethnic discrimination, sectarianism, or geographical location.”

  • Saudi Arabia's Death by Crucifixion Sentence for Shiite Cleric Highlights Sunni-Shiite Cleavage

    October 22, 2014

    Saudi Arabia's Specialised Criminal Court condemned a Shiite cleric to death by crucifixion for charges that international human rights experts are criticizing as violations of freedom of speech and religion and as part of the Wahhabi fundamentalist regime's ongoing repression of the country's Shiite minority.

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