Religious Extremism

  • Timbuktu Performers Push back Against Islamist Extremism

    January 19, 2018

    The revival of local music and performance culture in the Malian city of Timbuktu signals the gradual push-back of local societal and military actors against the presence of violent Islamist groups, spearheaded by al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb in the African Sahel region.

  • Protests Spark Debate about Free Speech in Iran

    January 17, 2018

    The recent popular protests in Iran against the Islamist regime’s failure to address economic inequity have spawned debate about the limits of free speech and rights to criticize the legitimacy of the country’s clerical leadership.

  • London Photo Heightens Debate over Nigerian Salafism

    January 17, 2018

    A photo of two Nigerian Islamic clerics shopping in Western-style dress in London has catalyzed an intensive online debate in Islamist circles about the hypocrisy and tyranny of religion associated with the expanding socio-religious influence of Saudi-Wahhabi-supported Salafism in Nigeria.

  • Migrant Anti-Semitism Sparks Discussion in German Politics

    January 17, 2018

    Increasing incidents of anti-Jewish slogans and anti-Israel demonstrations among Muslim communities in Germany are prompting the country’s politicians to consider legal and educational mechanisms to address the "imported Islamic anti-Semitism" among refugee and migrant arrivals from Mideast and North African countries.

  • IS Defeat Sparks Discussion of New Caliphate

    January 16, 2018

    The Islamic State's (IS) military defeat and demonstrated violence and excesses have spawned a renewed debate among "caliphate intellectuals" worldwide about the theological foundations and operational parameters of a renewed, improved, ideal caliphate.

  • Indonesian Linked to IS Sparks Debate About Public Health

    January 10, 2018

    The leader of a hardline Islamist group in Indonesia linked to money laundering for the Islamic State (IS) and to blasphemy protests posted an online video in which he recited sayings of Islam's prophet Mohammed to justify the medicinal benefits of consuming camel urine, sparking an opposition outcry from Indonesia's Ministry of Health and from the World Health Organization.

  • Protests Strike at Legitimacy of Iranian Regime

    January 10, 2018

    The wave of protests across Iran in the past two weeks hits against the legitimacy of the country's Islamist theocratic regime, as middle-class citizens join the country's poor and working class strata to condemn the regime for its failures to implement Islamist justifications for improving the socioeconomic standing and guaranteeing the economic rights of the oppressed and the poor.

  • Maldives Activist Faces Threats over Tweet on Religious Freedom

    January 08, 2018

    The prominent head of the Maldives Democracy Network is facing death threats and a police inquiry for “criminal behavior” under the country’s Religious Unity Act for a tweet supporting religious freedom and pluralism, as government officials in the country's Ministry of Islamic Affairs condemn "nonsensical talk that advocates for any faith other than Islam in the Maldives."

  • Turkish Opposition Party Calls for Inquiry on Child Marriages

    January 08, 2018

    Turkey’s main opposition party has challenged the ruling Islamist party’s policies on marriage and gender issues as unconstitutional and is calling for an inquiry into the government’s support for the practice of child marriages with women as young as nine years of age.

  • Islamist Nationalism Intensifies in Turkey

    January 08, 2018

    The recent declaration by an Islamic preacher in Turkey that men must be bearded to avoid being mistaken for women and thus provoking "indecent thoughts" reflects the broader efforts of the country’s political and religious establishment to use legal and social constraints to fuse Islamism and nationalism in Turkey.

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