Global Political Islam

  • IMF Confronts Global Expansion of Islamic Finance

    March 23, 2015

    The International Monetary Fund ("IMF") has launched several new working groups to explore the fiscal and monetary implications of the growing global presence of sharia-compliant/compatible products and practices, as well as to consider the implications of the growing penetration of Islamic finance and banking in many IMF member countries.

  • Qatar's Complex Links to Radical Islamism Reveal Broader Gulf Networks of Support for Extremist-Terror Groups

    March 20, 2015

    The Emirate of Qatar's complex connections and permissive support environment for radical Islamist groups offer a revealing window into delicate balancing games and broader networks of support amongst Gulf regimes for global Islamist extremist-terror groups.

  • Creeping Islamism Feared as Source of Deadly Attack in Tunisia

    March 19, 2015

    Tunisian government officials fear that yesterday's deadly attack on visitors at the country's internationally renowned Bardo Museum is the work of domestic radical Islamists and others from neighboring Libya, given that the high numbers of Tunisians who have flocked to Syria and Iraq to fight with Islamic State ("IS") belies the moderate pronouncements of Libya's Islamist Ennahda Party.

  • OIC Denounces Terror Attack in Tunisia

    March 19, 2015

    The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC") issued an official condemnation of the fatal terrorist attack on Tunisia's Bardo National Museum, with the OIC Secretary General denouncing the assault as a distortion of Tunisia's history of "tolerance and enlightenment."

  • UN Report Finds Human Rights Violations Under Sharia Governance in Iran

    March 19, 2015

    The new report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran concludes that there has been a deterioration of overall human rights conditions, including religious, civil, and political liberties, since 2013, as these freedoms are subject to interpretation, qualification, and restriction according to sharia as the law of the land in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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