Global Political Islam

  • Iran at OIC Calls out Islamists Attacking Iraq

    July 11, 2014

    Iran used the recent meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (“OIC”) Parliamentary Union as a platform to call for measures against "extremists and takfiris" using violence for Islamic sectarianism, an obvious reference to Sunni radicals operating in Iraq.

  • U.K. Inaugurates Islamic Bond Offering in the West

    July 11, 2014

    Islamic bonds (“sukuk”) were issued this week by government of the United Kingdom, making good on Prime Minister David Cameron's widely publicized pledge to make London a global capital of Islamic banking and finance and inaugurating the West's first sharia-compliant sovereign bond offering.

  • Social Media Give Platforms to Jihadi Recruiters

    July 11, 2014

    The striking military advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (“ISIS”) in Syria and Iraq have been supported by measurable successes in the use of social media tools – Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter – as platforms for global recruitment of youth to Islamist extremist ideologies and jihadi violence.

  • Saudi Support for Islamist Extremists Causes Blowback

    July 11, 2014

    Saudi Arabia's Islamic theocracy provided support to the extremist Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”) in an effort to overthrow the Alewite al-Assad regime, but now the Sunni monarchy fears the political blowback from ISIS's criticisms of the monarchy as corrupt and illegitimate.

  • OIC and EU Condemn Anti-Muslim Violence in Sri Lanka

    July 11, 2014

    Officials from both the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (“OIC”) and the European Union (“EU”) have denounced the recent communal violence by Buddhist militants against Muslim-majority towns in Sri Lanka, where Buddhist-Muslim violence has been rare.

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