Global Political Islam

  • Turkey Aims to Become Eurasian Gateway for Sharia Finance

    April 13, 2015

    The President of the Islamic Development Bank ("IDB"), an agency of the 57-member-state Organisation of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC"), is encouraging European Union candidate-country Turkey to work to establish itself as the gateway for sharia-compliant financial and banking services and products linking Asia and Europe.

  • Militant Islamists and Pakistani State Maintain Close Ties

    April 13, 2015

    The decision by a Pakistani court to release a leader of the violent Islamist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, which carried out the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, has raised concerns in India and the United States about the penetration of militant Islamist actors in Pakistan's state institutions.

  • Islamic State Has Staying Power Based on Multiple Assets

    April 13, 2015

    Despite the recent advances of international and regional actors arrayed against the jihadi terror group Islamic State ("IS"), the complex combination of religious, ideological, financial, and operational assets deployed by IS suggests the potential for protracted staying power and expansion of their political caliphate and military footprint within and beyond the Mideast.

  • Domestic Radical Islamism Bent Explains Turkey's Failure to Condemn ISIS

    April 13, 2015

    Multiple sources of extremist Islamist support within Turkish civil society, combined with the increasingly radicalized Islamist ideological positions of Turkey's governing party, help to explain the country's unwillingness to condemn and to combat the jihadi operations of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria ("ISIS").

  • OIC Will Use Development Aid to Africa for Broader Strategy of Global Islamist Integration

    April 13, 2015

    The leadership of the Standing Committee for Economic and Commercial Cooperation ("COMCEC") of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC") recently announced plans for a sizable increase in development project funding to African countries, and emphasized that the OIC's economic development platforms will be carefully designed to promote greater economic integration as the necessary step to promote "a prosperous Islamic Ummah based on the principles of solidarity and interdependence, enhanced mobility and good governance."

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