Global Political Islam

  • Pakistan Faces Hostage Negotiation Crisis with Islamist Militants

    December 19, 2022

    Islamists militants from the Pakistan’s Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) have taken hostages in their seizure of a highly-fortified, state counter-terrorism center in the northwestern region of the country bordering Afghanistan, and negotiations are underway with between the militants and state authorities regarding hostage release and the Islamists’ safe passage to Afghanistan, in a crisis underscoring both the TTP’s ongoing war to make Pakistan a sharia state and the robustness of Taliban Islamism as a regional disruptor in geopolitically volatile South Asia. 

  • World Islamist Groups Will Meet in Indonesia on Legal Reform According to UN Charter

    December 19, 2022

    Islamist organizations from around the world will meet in Indonesia in early 2023, convened by the country’s Indonesia’s Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) under the auspices of the G20’s Religion Forum 20, to discuss Islamist jurisprudential reforms to conform with the UN Human Rights Charter, in a gathering that will inevitably require resolution of the incompatibilities between sharia law and the UN Declaration of Human Rights and that comes at a moment when NU faces criticisms at home and abroad for supporting Indonesia’s proposed legislation that would curtail social and political rights in line with sharia prescriptions. 

  • Kuwait Inaugurates Efforts for Islamic Education in Venezuela With Islamic Center and School

    December 19, 2022

    The Islamic monarchy of Kuwait's charitable foundation Zakat House is bringing Islamic education to Venezuala, with the recent inauguration of the Venezuelan Islamic School, part of the Venezulan Islamic Center located in the capital city of Caracas, with a mission to teach and "preserve Islamic education and values for the children of the city's Islamic community."

  • Somalia's Al-Shabaab's Mideast Roots & African Expansion Underscores Transnational Features of Radical Islamism

    December 19, 2022

    The origins of the Somalia-based militant Islamist group al-Shabaab, which has proven a durable threat in pursuing its war for a Greater Somalia governed by sharia law, lie in Mideast Salafist groups with links to al-Qaeda, and, taken together with the expansion of al-Shabaab's jihadist operations to Kenya and Uganda, the organization's trajectory underscores the transnational features and threat profile of radical Islamism.

  • Social Consequences of Turkey's Islamist Government Reflected in Court Case of Six-Year-Old Girl's Forced Marriage & Abuse

    December 19, 2022

    Turkish courts are embroiled in a controversial case surrounding the social consequences of the wide berth afforded the country's Islamic brotherhoods under the country's Islamist government, based on divorce proceedings of a now-adult female who detailed her forced marriage and sexual abuse at the age of six to an adult male, in an arrangment by a leader in one of the prominent Suft Sunni brotherhoods close to the ruling regime.

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