Global Political Islam

  • IS Incites Forceful Response to Christchurch Attacks

    April 04, 2019

    As their fighters engage in a battle for the final caliphate stronghold of Baghouz in eastern Syria, the Islamic State’s (IS) leadership issued an audio message inciting Muslims to view the Christchurch New Zealand massacre as a crusader act against Muslims worldwide and to join a renewal of the IS caliphate’s worldwide mission.

  • Turkish Islamist Rivalries Underscore Multiple Sources of Authoritarianism

    April 04, 2019

    As Turkey’s authoritarian Islamist AKP government concludes trials against over 100,000 alleged members of the Islamist movement of Muslim cleric Fetullah Gulen, the distinctive authoritarian tendencies of both Islamist groups are on display.

  • Brunei Sultan Doubles down on New Sharia Penal Code

    April 03, 2019

    Facing an international outcry against the implementation of a hardline sharia-based penal code in Brunei, the country’s Sultan called for “stronger Islamic teachings” in the small Southeast Asian state, a move that may be designed to attract sharia-based foreign investment and to increase tourism from Muslim-majority countries.

  • Education Presents Challenge in Post-IS Context

    April 03, 2019

    International humanitarian agencies and local educators report that education of students in former Islamic State (IS) caliphate territory and in neighboring states hosting refugees who fled from IS will be a huge social-psychological challenge.

  • Turkish Ruling Party Loses Municipal Elections

    April 03, 2019

    The sweeping losses by Turkey’s ruling Islamist government in the country’s municipal elections presents President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with a conundrum over whether to repair ties with Western investors and NATO allies or to stand firm in his neo-Ottoman foreign policy and authoritarian Islamist domestic agenda.

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