Global Political Islam

  • Islamic State Moves to Control Oil and Water Resources May Heal Iraqi-Kurdish Rift

    August 06, 2014

    The jihadi leadership of the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) has moved aggressively to capture control over income-generating oil and water resources in the areas around the key Iraqi city of Mosul, creating the possibility for a rapprochement between Baghdad and the Kurdish Regional Government in order to face the security threat from the militant Islamist caliphate.

  • China Accuses Militant Islamists of Murdering Pro-Government Imam

    August 04, 2014

    Suggesting the growing radicalization and fragmentation of China's sizable Uighur Muslim minority population centered in Xinjiang Province, three Uighur militants have been accused of murdering China's leading pro-government imam and leader of the country's largest mosque.

  • Turkey's Islamist Leaders Condemn Laughter for Women

    August 04, 2014

    Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister and a key ideologue in the country's Islamist governing party has provoked a massive Twitter outburst mocking his calls for women to stop laughing in public, part of his broader recommendations for Islam-based gender norms in Turkey.

  • Gaza War a Microcosm of Islamist Role in New Mideast Reconfiguration

    August 04, 2014

    There is growing consensus among Mideast experts that the Hamas-Israel war in Gaza reflects the contours of a regional balance-of-power struggle, pitting Israel and status-quo Islamic monarchies and secular authoritarian regimes (e.g. Saudi Arabia and Egypt) against hardline Islamist groups and their state patrons (e.g. Hamas, ISIS, Qatar, and Turkey).

  • Islamist Militants Consolidating Control in Libya

    August 04, 2014

    Western diplomatic missions are being closed in Libya, as Islamist forces connected to the murder of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens are consolidating their control over the city of Benghazi in the wake of last week's collapse of the capital city of Tripoli to radical Islamist militias.

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