Religious Extremism

  • Islamist Groups Continue to Condone "Revenge Rape" in Pakistan

    August 04, 2017

    Despite the arrest of a man for yet another episode of "revenge rape" in Pakistan, the widespread practice of raping girls and women to "protect family honor" continues to enjoy the support of the country's leading Islamist parties and organizations, which have opposed efforts by politicians to criminalize the act.

  • Saudi Vision 2030 Is Best Hope to Reform Wahhabi Islamism

    July 26, 2017

    According to a recent report by Harvard University experts, the best chance for moderating the destabilizing, violent effects of Saudi Arabia's Wahhabi extremist Islamism is the success of the ambitious socioeconomic reform program known as Vision 2030.

  • Saudi-led Row with Qatar Is Wahhabi Power Struggle

    July 24, 2017

    The geopolitics of the ongoing crisis pitting a Saudi-led coalition of Arab Gulf monarchies against Qatar have a crucial Islamist subtext based on the competition between Riyadh and Doha for the unrivaled mantle of Wahhabi leadership and, therefore, for control over the strategy for internationalizing that puritanical form of Islamism.

  • Egypt's Islamist Culture Fuels Anti-Christian Violence

    July 24, 2017

    Egypt's myriad Islamist organizations, including leading imams at the well-known al-Azra's University and the Muslim Brotherhood, are spreading a populist culture of hatred and incitement against the country's Coptic Christian community, leading to escalating episodes of anti-Christian violence and to a climate of discrimination and hostility.

  • Turkey's Islamist Conflict Fuels Authoritarianism, Instability

    July 21, 2017

    The intensive competition between Turkey's competing Islamist factions, the governing AKP and the Gulenist movement, is fueling authoritarian nationalism and social unrest in the country, regional instability through jihadist support, and disruptions inside NATO.

  • Saudis Arrest Woman in Miniskirt for Violating Dress Code

    July 19, 2017

    The Saudi Arabian religious police, the "Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice," recently detained a woman shown in a social media video wearing a miniskirt and walking unaccompanied in a town in Saudi Arabia for violating the strict Wahhabi Islamist laws requiring Saudi women to be completely covered and accompanied by a male guardian whenever in public.

  • Turkey's Hardline Islamists Converge with Anti-NATO Agenda

    July 17, 2017

    Turkey's Islamist authoritarian government, still waging a mega-purge against the grassroots Islamist organization of Fetullah Gulen accused by Ankara of plotting the summer 2016 coup attempt against the country's president, has demonstrated a marked tilt towards the military's Eurasianist clique that views cooperation with Russia as the optimal alternative to NATO.

  • MB Combines Ideological Expansion with Mainstream Politics

    July 17, 2017

    A new report from Harvard University's Kennedy School suggests important lessons for countering the Muslim Brotherhood's (MB) strategies of education as Islamist ideological indoctrination, of penetration and capture of mainstream political institutions, and of opportunistic alliances with Islamist extremists.

  • Egyptian Women's Group Seeks Counter to Islamism in Mosques

    July 10, 2017

    The UN-supported Egyptian women's empowerment group Taa Marbot has called on the leaders of Egypt's al Azhar University to send English-speaking Islamic educators to mosques worldwide, especially in the US, to combat the spread of radical Islamism propagated by Muslim Brotherhood activists.

  • Qatar-Saudi Row Shows Staying Power of Muslim Brotherhood

    July 10, 2017

    At the core of the rupture between the Saudi Arabia-led alliance against Qatar is Doha's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement whose political staying power is viewed by Jeddah and its allies as the greatest existential, revolutionary threat to their regimes.

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