Global Political Islam

  • Liberal Muslim Scholar Targeted for Blasphemy Is Assassinated in Pakistan

    September 24, 2014

    One of Pakistan's most well-known Muslim intellectuals was assassinated by vigilantes in Karachi, targeted by other university professors for blasphemy (a crime punishable by death, according to sharia law) because of his liberal views about human rights and tolerance of religious diversity.

  • OIC Group Recommends Establishment of Global Islamic Disaster Management Capability

    September 24, 2014

    The Statistical Economic and Social Research and Training Centre for Islamic Countries (“SESRIC”) and the Islamic Development Bank, institutional arms of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (“OIC”), have released a risk and vulnerabilities assessment of conflicts and natural disasters affecting Muslims around the world, with recommendations that the OIC establish a Disaster Management Center that would integrate global Islamic training, research, and action mechanisms, in order to improve OIC capacity to respond to violent conflicts and natural disasters in the organization's member-states.

  • Tunisian Islamists Hire U.S. Lobby Shop to Bolster Image

    September 24, 2014

    In the approach to Tunisia's national elections next month, the country's Islamist party, Ennahda, has hired a U.S. lobbying powerhouse, Burson-Marsteller, to bolster the Islamists' image, so that Washington will continue its generous foreign-aid package to Tunisia in the event of Ennahda election victory.

  • Uighur Muslim Peace Activist Gets Life Sentence in Chinese Court

    September 24, 2014

    China's most prominent Uighur Muslim peace activist has been sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of agitating for separatism for the country's Muslim minority, provoking international calls for his release and condemnation of China for its human rights abuses against the Uighurs Muslims.

  • OIC Chief Calls Islamic State and Boko Haram Non-Islamic

    September 24, 2014

    Speaking at the Bahraini offices of the International Peace Institute, the Secretary General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (“OIC”) characterized groups such as The Islamic State and Boko Haram as having nothing in common with Islam, and argued that international humanitarian relief could best weaken radical groups' appeal to impoverished and excluded Muslims in places such as Iraq and Gaza.

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