Global Political Islam

  • Latest Global Terrorism Index Report Highlights Durability and Complexity of Islamist Threat

    March 18, 2023

    The Global Terrorism Index 2023 underscores both the durability and complexity of political Islamism as a specific type of global terrorism, with data pointing to a shift in the regional epicenter of Islamist violence from the Mideast and North Africa (MENA) to Africa’s Sahel region and to the growth of Islamist extremist operations in South Asia, as well as an increase in the lethality of violent Islamist attacks and a change in the technologies used to perpetrate attacks, according to the newly-released 10th annual report from the Australia-based think tank, Institute for Economics and Peace.

  • Islamist Debates in Saudi Arabia Reflect Continuing Strength of Religious Hardliners & State Autocrats

    March 18, 2023

    A recently televised debate between two high-profile Sunni clerics in Saudi Arabia over the issue of the death penalty for apostates from Islam revealed the internal tensions and contradictions in global debates about the permissibility and scope of sharia jurisprudential reform in Islam, with one of the clerics supporting the reformist movement currently spearheaded by Indonesia’s colossal Islamic civil society movement Nahdlatul Ulama, and the other cleric walking in lockstep with the Saudi regime’s policies (also adopted by the Islamic monarchy in the United Arab Emirates) of social liberalizations that stop short of any legal changes in the sharia-based laws that perpetuate systemic discrimination against women and violations of religious freedom. 

  • OIC Leadership Lauds China-Brokered Diplomatic Rapprochement Between Iran and Saudi Arabia

    March 15, 2023

    The Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) Secretary General issued an official statement lauding the China-brokered diplomatic rapprochement between the two Islamist regimes of Iran and Saudi Arabia, heralding the far-ranging cooperation agreement as an opportunity for more general, stronger cooperation among the 57 member-states of the global Islamic entity. 

  • Muslim Brotherhood Networks Rush to Use Turkey’s Earthquake Relief Funds to Promote Islamism

    March 15, 2023

    Muslim Brotherhood (MB) networks under the umbrella organization of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) are moving actively to gain access to Turkey’s multi-billion-dollar earthquake relief funds, aiming to use reconstruction in the country’s hard-hit southern provinces as an opportunity to promote the MB’s Islamist message through mosque- and school-building projects and to reinforce support for the reelection of Turkey’s current Islamist regime in the country’s forthcoming national elections. 

  • Credible Threat of Islamist Attack on Vienna Churches Puts Police on High Alert

    March 15, 2023

    Police in Austria’s capital city have deployed on high alert in response to a credible threat in response to what the country’s intelligence services deemed a credible threat of an Islamist terrorist attack on Vienna’s churches. 

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