Global Political Islam

  • Iranian Regime Responds to Economic Protests with Internet Shutdown

    November 20, 2019

    Under siege in days of protests by its own citizens frustrated with skyrocketing fuel prices and general economic malaise, Iran’s Islamic theocratic regime has doubled down in its civil liberties repression by imposing three days of near-total internet shutdown aimed at silencing protesters and preventing organizers of public dissent. 

  • Islamic Finance Industry Poised for Growth in Philippines

    November 12, 2019

    Sharia-compliant financial instruments and banking opportunities are expected to expand significantly in the Philippines, following the government’s push to expand financial inclusion of the country’s significant Muslim minority population and to attract capital for investment in infrastructure projects. 

  • Bangladeshi Government Bans Another Islamist Extremist Group in Effort to Counter Radicalization & Violence

    November 12, 2019

    The government of Bangladesh has banned an Islamist extremist group, Allahr Dal (Allah’s Party), after security officials discovered a terrorist plot and a prison-break plan for the group’s leader, with the outlawing of the party underscoring the growing threats from domestic Islamist extremism in the South Asian nation. 

  • Radicalized IS Women in Northeast Syria Camps Are Longterm Threat

    November 12, 2019

    Radicalized IS women held in detention and refugee camps in northeast Syria, mainly wives of caliphate fighters from the Mideast and abroad, constitute an ongoing ideological threat to regional stability, evidenced in their commitment to  sharia-style intimidation and childhood indoctrination inside the facilities. 

  • Attack in Tajikistan Points to Growth of Islamist Militancy in Geopolitics of Central Asia

    November 12, 2019

    A lethal attack on a security checkpoint at Tajikistan’s border with Uzbekistan and Afghanistan is the latest in a series of attacks claimed by Islamic State (IS) militants, raising concerns that the porous Tajik-Afghan border is enabling the growth is a transnational Islamist militancy in the crucial heartland of Central Asia, where competitive US, Russian, and Chinese interests may be superseded by a shared goal of countering the spread and consolidation of extremist Islamism in the region. 

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