Global Political Islam

  • Islamist Militants to Iraqi Christians: Convert, Pay, Die, or Flee

    July 23, 2014

    Jihadi fighters from The Islamic State (formerly, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) have seized the fourth-century Mar Behnam Monastery near Mosul, offering monks there the same ultimatum being imposed by Islamist militants on Christians throughout the region: conversion to Islam, payment of a protection fee as second-class subjects, death, or flight from home.

  • Islamic State Targets Syrian Regime to Expand Caliphate Footprint

    July 23, 2014

    The Islamic State, the political regime that declared a new caliphate headquartered in Iraq, is ratcheting up its military actions in Syria, towards the goal of overthrowing the al-Asad regime and consolidating an Islamic theocracy in what were once the states of Syria and Iraq.

  • Saudi Arabia to Open Stock Market to Foreign Investors

    July 23, 2014

    Officials in Saudi Arabia announced that the country's stock market will be opened in 2015 to investment from foreign financial institutions, an effort aimed at bringing shareholder management and globalization expertise to the Kingdom's notoriously insular financial institutions.

  • Turkey's Islamists Turn to Anti-Semitism in Domestic and Foreign Policy

    July 23, 2014

    Turkey's Prime Minister Erdogan and senior members of the country's governing Islamist party have condemned Israel's actions in Gaza as "surpassing Hitler in barbarism," using anti-Semitic tropes to bolster Erdogan's presidential campaign and to try to position Turkey as the regional protector of Muslims.

  • British Education Reforms to Deal with Islamist Extremism in Schools

    July 23, 2014

    In response to recent findings from a British government inquiry into the penetration of Islamist extremist views in schools in Birmingham, the government announced a program of immediate education reforms designed to safeguard schools and students against Islamism.

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