Religious Extremism

  • Islamist Authoriarianism Spurs Anti-West Shift in Turkish Policy

    August 21, 2017

    Recent commentary explains how the consolidation of Islamist authoritarianism in Turkey has driven growing hostility in Turkish foreign policy toward both the country's NATO allies in Europe and Western strategic priorities in the Middle East, signaling Ankara's turn against "the Western liberal world order and its values."

  • Turkey Includes Jihad in Public Education Curriculum

    August 18, 2017

    Public school textbooks in NATO-member Turkey have incorporated teaching on jihad into the official curriculum and have removed teaching about evolution, all while the country's Islamist president has publicly critiqued the youth brain-drain due to increasing applications to study abroad.

  • Pakistan Court Suggests Blasphemy Reforms

    August 18, 2017

    Human rights experts anticipate strong push-back from Pakistan's hardline Islamist clerics and other parties to the suggestion from the country's High Court that the Parliament review reforms to the country's blasphemy laws, which have gained notoriety because of abusive false accusations and vendetta violence against those labelled "ant-Islamic."

  • Turkey's Islamization Policies Target Christians, Jews

    August 17, 2017

    The controversy in Turkey over the government's moves to convert the Byzantine Orthodox Cathedral of Hagia Sophia into a mosque reflects the state's broader strategy of Islamization of politics and society, including targeting the country's small Christian and Jewish communities and escalating an Islamist foreign policy agenda toward Israel.

  • Hegemony of Turkey's Islamism Threatens Christians

    August 11, 2017

    The hegemony of Islamism in Turkey's politics and society has been accelerated in the post-coup-attempt purges of the authoritarian Erdogan government, posing a range of existential threats to the country's small, remaining Christian communities.

  • "Women-Only Parks" Reveal Sociopolitical Tensions in Iran

    August 10, 2017

    The emergence of "women-only parks" in Iran, similar to those in other Islamic theocracies like Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan, is generating unexpected debate in Iran over the effects of sociological, political, and health effects of sharia regimes that impose strict gender separation and religious dress-code coverings on women.

  • Qatar-Saudi Imbroglio Highlights Problem of Islamist Patron States

    August 08, 2017

    The continuing standoff pitting a Saudi-led coalition of Gulf monarchies against Qatar, over the latter's alleged support for both Sunni radical propaganda and Iranian Shiite extremism, has revealed the reality of the dispute as a power struggle for control over competing voices of Sunni Islamist extremism by a cluster of patron states in the globalization of jihadist ideology and terror.

  • Iranian President Deals Blow to Reformist Supporters

    August 04, 2017

    President Hassan Rouhani has dealt a wake-up call to Iranian voters who supported him in his second-term election as a reformist compared to the country's hardline Islamic theocratic forces with his announcement of the exclusion of women and young politicians from his cabinet.

  • Egyptian Fatwa Kiosks Draw Criticism

    August 04, 2017

    Egypt's highest Islamic body, al-Azhar al-Sharif, is aiming to counter radical Islamist ideas by quick religious opinions offered in "fatwa kiosks" opened at Cairo metro station stops, a move experts are criticizing as a cosmetic, superficial response to the country's serious problems with Islamist violence and extremist ideology.

  • 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.

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