Global Political Islam

  • Lawyer's Blasphemy Conviction Underscores Hardline Islamist Influence in Egypt

    December 04, 2021

    Egyptian security courts meted out a five-year imprisonment sentence to a high-profile Islamic thinker and lawyer convicted of blaspheming Islam because of his calls for an Islamic enlightenment, with the maximum sentence for contempt of religion and provoking sectarianism highlighting the leverage of Islamist hardliners.

  • Steady Convergence of Politics, Ideology & Violence Explains link between Islamism & Jihadism

    December 03, 2021

     According to careful analysis detailed in a new book by a faculty expert at the US Naval Postgraduate School, the gradual, steady convergence of Islamism's focus on politics and ideology to produce changes in governance and society, with jihadism's focus on violence as the optimal means for sociopolitical transformation, explains the complex, globalized linkages between contemporary Islamist and jihadist movements that share goals of internationalizing states based on sharia law and practices

  • ICC Gives Leniency to Jihadi Doing Time for War Crime

    December 01, 2021

    The Malian jihadi who headed al Qaeda’s local “virtue and vice committee” and who was convicted in 2016 by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of war crimes for destroying World Heritage sites in Timbuktu has won a reduced jail sentence from an ICC review panel, following the perpetrator’s claims that he will cooperate with the ICC to raise public awareness about the destruction of religious and cultural heritage as a war crime.

  • Pentagon Report Warns of Sustainability of IS Threat

    December 01, 2021

    The U.S. Pentagon’s latest report on anti-IS operations warns of the durability of IS capacity and the sustainability of the jihadi group’s threat in former caliphate territories is Syria and Iraq, given the adaptation of IS forces, coupled with Syrian and Iraqi state fragility, economic pressures, and pandemic complications. 

  • Islamic Banking Show Robust Growth in UAE

    December 01, 2021

    The Islamic banking sector in the Arab Emirates (UAE) showed robust growth for 2020 and 2021, according to metrics for use of sharia-compliant/compatible products as well as perceptions of trust for Islamic banking versus conventional banking.

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