Religious Extremism

  • Iran Protests Reveal Islamist Theocratic Dilemmas

    January 08, 2018

    Anti-government protesters in Iran have made clear that they link the country's sustained economic squeeze to the high cost of the theocratic regime’s foreign policy aimed at exporting Shiite Islamism across the Mideast, with the linkage between domestic unrest and the foreign policy export of Islamism also relevant for Iran’s leading Sunni Islamist competitor, Saudi Arabia.

  • Anti-Semitism Crystallizes as Plank of Turkey’s Islamist Government

    January 02, 2018

    Anti-Semitic discourse and incitement and the Islamization of Mideast history have crystallized as core domestic and foreign policy planks of Turkey’s Islamist government’s critique of US and Israeli positions on the status of Jerusalem.

  • IRGC Threatens to Crush Iranian Protests

    January 02, 2018

    The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the military vanguard charged with protecting the country’s Islamic theocracy, has warned protesters it will use all means to crush citizen demonstrations demanding economic improvements and has blamed the middle-class-led dissent on a foreign plot to overthrow the Islamist regime.

  • Turkey's Government Uses Islam to Support Repression

    December 29, 2017

    Turkey’s government is deliberately drawing on a particular interpretation of political Islamism to justify the repression of its non-Muslim citizens and to support jihad as a foreign policy strategy.

  • Expert Says Facts Undermine OIC Claims of Muslim Victimhood

    December 28, 2017

    A security expert on Islam at the US Army War College argues that the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) trope of "the Muslim world as victims" of Western discrimination and violence is belied by facts including that only one of the 57 OIC member-states has suspended relations with Myanmar for its cleansing of Rohingya Muslims.

  • Christmas Across Europe Shows Signs of Islamization

    December 28, 2017

    A review of changes in primary-secondary educational events and public celebrations across many European cities shows a notable tendency to de-Christianize Christmas and to Islamicize the holiday, as governments submit to pressures from recent Islamist terror attacks at Christmas and to calls for multi-cultural sensitivity.

  • Islamist Mob Attacks Coptic Church in Egypt

    December 28, 2017

    A mob of Islamists ended Friday mosque prayers by attacking a nearby Coptic Church south of Cairo and condemning the “unregistered” status of the church, which has been in operation for 15 years yet still awaits formal legalization by an Egyptian administration that uses discriminatory property laws to marginalize the country’s Christian citizens.

  • Islamist Totalitarianism Has Specific Internal Logic and Goals

    December 18, 2017

    A prominent European human rights NGO defines the internal logic of Islamist totalitarianism as the commitment to uniformity at all levels of society and to the formation of a theocratic sharia state to destroy diversity, with dissenting Muslims and other religious communities as collateral damage to the homogenizing push for absolute sameness. 

  • Indonesian Court Rejects Islamic Push for Extramarital Sex Ban

    December 18, 2017

    Indonesia's Constitutional Court narrowly rejected a petition by conservative Islamic groups to criminalize extramarital sex, with the court case indicating the expanding footprint of Islamist activism in the country.

  • Hezbollah Uses Jerusalem to Assert Islamist Leadership

    December 14, 2017

    Hezbollah is using the U.S. announcement about Jerusalem as the capital of Israel as a moment of opportunity to reposition the militant Shiite Islamist organization as a leader of revolutionary Islamism and expanded its call to resist the US and Israel to include all ethnic and religious communities in the Levant.

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