Global Political Islam

  • End of Syrian War Renews Iran, Hamas Relationship

    March 14, 2019

    The winding down of the war in Syria is generating a renewal of close ties between the Islamist Hamas group ruling Gaza and the Islamic Republic of Iran, as Iran prepares to ratchet up its direct financial assistance, military advice, and equipment sales to Hamas.

  • Pakistan Raises Profile in OIC

    March 14, 2019

    The Islamic Republic of Pakistan burnished its credentials as a leader of global Islamic activities with the country’s recent election to the deputy chairmanship of the Parliamentary Union of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (PUIC).

  • IS Propaganda Machine Calls for Continued Loyalty to Caliphate

    March 14, 2019

    Even as the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces wage a siege on the final Islamic State (IS) stronghold of Baghouz in Syria, the IS online propaganda machine has called on the remaining jihadists to stay loyal to the caliphate’s military efforts and theological ideas.

  • Chinese Initiative Bolsters Sharia Finance in Eurasia

    March 13, 2019

    The impact of sharia-compliant finance across Eurasia continues to grow through funding of an increasing number of infrastructure and development projects under China’s Belt and Road Initiative, in which almost half of the participant countries are Muslim-majority and Organisation of Islamic Cooperation member states.

  • Iran’s Judiciary Sentences Rights Lawyer to Whipping, Imprisonment

    March 13, 2019

    An Iranian judge has sentenced an internationally renowned human rights lawyer and Sakharov Prize winner to 148 lashes and 38 years in prison for her alleged crimes of spying and spreading propaganda against the country’s theocratic regime.

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