Global Political Islam

  • London Bridge Attacks Highlights Hegemonic Threat of Islamist Extremism

    December 11, 2019

    The aftermath of the recent terror attack on London Bridge by a supporter of al-Qaeda and IS has seen United Kingdom (UK) law enforcement and security officials emphasize that Islamist extremism remains the hegemonic security threat to Western and global stability, especially given evidence of the failure of prison de-radicalization programs designed to rehabilitate convicted Islamist radicals.

  • Islamist Hardliners Use British Blasphemy Laws as Tool for Religious Discrimination & Intimidation

    December 11, 2019

    The use of de facto blasphemy logic by hardliners in the Bristol Muslim communities to intimidate, discriminate against, and silence exponents of religious diversity is a growing threat to Britain’s public order and security, as evidenced in the steady rise in cases of violence against religious minorities.

  • People Flogged Unconscious Under Sharia Law Punishments in Indonesia

    December 10, 2019

    The regions of Indonesia that are governed by sharia law apply punishments that include public flogging for crimes of premarital and extramarital sex, exemplified in several recent cases where individuals were beaten unconscious in public cainings that have been condemned by Amnesty International Indonesia as “cruel, in human, and degrading” forms of punishment.

  • Egypt’s Blasphemy Laws Are a Cudgel for Punishing Opponents of Islamism

    December 10, 2019

    A high-profile case involving blasphemy charges against a popular Egyptian t.v. host/physician/writer has highlighted how the country’s draconian blasphemy laws are used as a cudgel by hardline Islamist religious leaders and their state partners to silence any criticism of Islam by Muslims and non-Muslims alike, contributing to a climate of religious totalitarianism in Egypt. 

  • IS Terrorist Attack in London Renews Linked Questions about Prison Deradicalization & Threats from Returnees from Syria

    December 04, 2019

    Last week’s knife attack by an IS follower on England’s London Bridge that killed two and wounded three has generated renewed debate among the country’s counter-terrorism officials about the implications of the lack of success of deradicalization prison programs for Islamist terrorists.

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