Global Political Islam

  • Islamist Paramilitaries Kill 30 in Attack on Church in Central African Republic

    July 10, 2014

    International peacekeepers fear another round of sectarian reprisals following the Islamist paramilitary Seleka's attack on a Roman Catholic Church compound in the capital of the Central African Republic, which led to the killing of at least 30 of the civilians who had sought sanctuary inside.

  • Saudi-Iran Rapprochement Expected at Upcoming OIC Council of Ministers Meeting

    July 10, 2014

    The June 18-19 meeting in Jeddah of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC") is expected to produce a continuing bilateral rapprochement between traditional Sunni-Shiite rivals Saudi Arabia and Iran, with an official exchange of visits by the two countries' foreign ministers taking place prior to the global Islamic gathering.

  • Salafists Play Pragmatic Islamism to Maintain Foothold in Egyptian Politics

    July 10, 2014

    Egypt's Salafist Nour Party has been playing a pragmatic game of "constructive engagement" with the country's secular authorities, in order maintain its position as the only Islamist player still legal in Egyptian politics and active in society.

  • Sharia and Anti-Terrorism Laws the Keys to Silencing Dissent in Saudi Arabia

    July 10, 2014

    Saudi Arabia continues to combine new anti-terrorism legislation with sharia law in order to silence internal dissent over the regime's human rights abuses, applying corporal punishments such as public lashings and beheadings.

  • Experts Predict Sharp Growth in Islamic Banking in Short Term

    July 10, 2014

    International financial experts predict a sharp expansion in the total assets, products, and profitability of Islamic banking over the next four years, based on growing integration of trade and capital markets in Turkey, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific region.

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