Global Political Islam

  • Militant Islamists Cite Advice of Religious Leadership in Release of UN Peacekeepers

    September 17, 2014

    The al-Nusra Front, the Syrian franchise of al-Qaeda, released 45 United Nations peacekeepers held hostage for two weeks, announcing that their decision followed the advice of their religious leadership.

  • Islamic Development Bank Pledges More Support for African Universities

    September 17, 2014

    The Islamic Development Bank, an institution of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (“OIC”), has pledged to increase funding for two OIC universities in Uganda and Niger, toward the goal of turning them into science-and-technology centers of excellence.

  • OIC and EU Reps Meet to Explore Partnerships and Common Ground

    September 17, 2014

    Representatives of the 57-member-state Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (“OIC”) met with EU representatives last week in Brussels for what was billed as the first High Level Consultation, to explore possible partnerships in common interest areas, with the EU focused on external action and humanitarian policy and the OIC also adding protection of Muslim minorities and combatting Islamophobia to the list of priorities.

  • Cut Cash-Flow to Help Defeat ISIS

    September 17, 2014

    The Islamist terror group The Islamic State (“IS”) depends on regular cash-flow to finance its operations and to maintain its program of social welfare operations that sustain its support, so experts argue that cutting off IS’s cash flow is critical to defeating the organization.

  • Islamist Militants Suspend Jihad to Help Flood Victims in Kashmir

    September 17, 2014

    The United Jihad Council (“UJC”) announced it is temporarily suspending its jihad activities in Kashmir so that the alliance of militant Islamist groups will focus on rescue and relief for flood victims in the contested province hard-hit by recent floods and landslides.

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