Global Political Islam

  • IS Target Attacks & Taliban Indifference Puts Religious Minorities at Risk in Afghanistan

    September 07, 2022

     Islamic State (IS) militants have intensified their targeted violence against religious minorities since the Islamist Taliban seized power a year ago in the South Asian country, with the Hazara Shiite Muslims and their religious sites suffering particular brutality and privation at the hands of the IS and Taliban Sunni majority, such that the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and international organization Human Rights Watch have characterized the attacks on Afghanistan's religious minorities as war crimes and crimes against humanity.

  • Attacks on Baul Mystical Singers Signals Growing Influence of Islamist Extremists & Endangerment of Religious Minorites in Bangladesh

    September 07, 2022

    A mob of extremists affiliated with the Jamaat-e-Islami Islamist party in Bangladesh carried out a two-day assault on Baul singers, their ashram-hermitage, and their musical instruments, in actions that signaled the Islamists' targeted rejection of the Baul mystical musical tradition of mistrel songs celebrating humanism and religious tolerance.

  • Jihadists Are Main Suspects in High-Casualty Attack in Burkina Faso

    September 07, 2022

    Jihadists affiliated with either the local Islamic State or al-Qaeda factions are the prime suspects in a high-casualty attack with an improvised explosive device that targeted a supply convoy carrying aid to at-risk civilians in Burkina Faso, in the latest episode of Islamist violence that has destabilized the broader Sahel region of Africa by undermining the security environment and aggravating a humanitarian crisis that has left millions of people displaced and suffering a hunger emergency.  

  • Taliban Prioritize Sharia Law in Afghan Foreign Policy & International Relations

    August 29, 2022

    The leading Islamic cleric of Afghanistan’s ruling Taliban regime declared in a recent meeting that the country will organize its foreign policy according to the dictates of sharia law and will restrict its international relationships accordingly.

  • Islamists Close Public Family Park for Women in Pakistan

    August 29, 2022

    Hardline Islamist groups advocating the Talibanization of Pakistan are making headway with their recent successful demand to military authorities in a northwest city of Pakistan that a family park be closed to women and children in order to prevent the “spreading of obscenity and vulgarity” .

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