Global Political Islam

  • Radical Islamism in Indonesia Gets a Boost from Evolving Globalized Digital Media

    December 15, 2021

    Agus Sudibyo, a member of Indonesia’s Press Council has written a book highlighting that the globalization and concentration of digital media giants is changing the contours of Indonesia’s media landscape in ways that are enabling radical Islamist messaging, disinformation dissemination, and censorship pressures to conform to Islamic blasphemy laws in the worlds most populous Muslim-majority country.

  • Islamist Extremists Use COVID as Opportunity for Expansion in African Sahel

    December 15, 2021

    Islamist extremists groups are using the COVID pandemic to expand operations across Africa’s Sahel region, intensifying violent attacks during a period when the region’s already weak states are directing most economic resources towards pandemic management and away from counter-terrorism security needs.

  • Gaza’s Islamist Groups Use Cryptocurrency as New Jihadist Funding Tool

    December 15, 2021

    Islamist militant groups in Gaza are using cryptocurrency as a new fundraising tool to finance jihadist operations against Israel, with bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies providing cover from international counter-terrorism laws designed to crack down on global funding networks for a diverse range of Islamist extremist activities. 

  • Blasphemy Allegations Generate Anti-Hindu Violence in Bangladesh

    December 10, 2021

    An increase of targeted violence against Bangladesh’s Hindu minority’s private and communal properties by majority-Muslim mobs enflamed by allegations of Hindu blasphemy against Islam underscore the expansion of extremist Islamist ideology in the south Asian country, and signal broader regional trends whereby Islamist militants use blasphemy to pressure governments into sectarian policies that reject rule of law and religious pluralism in favor of sharia legislation and norms. 

  • Afghan Legal Sector Falls Victim to Sharia Regime Under Taliban

    December 08, 2021

    The independence of Afghanistan’s legal profession came to an end with the Taliban takeover of the country’s Independent Bar Association (AIBA), followed by the sharia regime’s new mandate that licenses to practice law will now be the exclusive purview of the Ministry of Justice, which also took complete control of all AIBA personnel records. 

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