Global Political Islam

  • Bahrain-U.S. Diplomatic Dustup over Sunni-Shia Human Rights Tensions

    July 11, 2014

    The government of Bahrain has expelled a senior U.S. diplomat, the Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, accusing him of interfering in the country's domestic affairs, after he met with Shia opposition groups that charge the country's Sunni government with violations of human rights and religious freedom.

  • Islamists and Secularists Implicated in Violence Against Women in Egypt

    July 11, 2014

    Studies of patterns of sexual violence, harassment, and associated human rights violations against women in Egypt indicate reveal systemic patterns implicating state institutions under both Islamist and secularist governments in the Middle East's most populous country.

  • Mainstreaming Islamic Banking by Rebranding Without "Islamic"

    July 11, 2014

    Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Saudi Arabia are leading a trial move to mainstream and grow the global footprint of Islamic banking, which relies on sharia-compliant/compatible products and regulations, by rebranding the industry through removal of the term "Islamic" from their institutions in key Western countries.

  • Controversial Al Jazeera T.V. Reflects Splits Among Islamists

    July 11, 2014

    The sentencing of three Al Jazeera journalists by Egyptian courts to a decade in prison for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood reflects the view that the Qatar-funded network is a provocateur for extremist Islamist groups aiming to oust both military authoritarian regimes and Muslim theocracies across the Middle East and North Africa.

  • OIC Condemns Boko Haram Attacks Against Nigerian Churches

    July 11, 2014

    The Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (“OIC”) Iyad Ameen Madani has condemned the recent killings and destruction of churches in Nigeria by Boko Haram, the extremist group aiming to establish a sharia state in Nigeria.

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