Global Political Islam

  • Global Islamic Group Focuses on Higher Education

    August 11, 2014

    The 57-member-state Organisation for Islamic Cooperation ("OIC") will host the “Vice Chancellors Forum 2014: Universities in the Islamic World: Facing Global Challenges” in Pakistan later this month, a global conference that aims to expand cooperation in higher education as a platform for addressing development problems such as energy, water, and food security in OIC member-states.

  • Kuwait Shift to Islamic Banking Follows Global Trend

    August 11, 2014

    International financial experts suggest that the hard shift by leading lending institutions in Kuwait toward sharia-compliant/compatible banking points is linked to the growing dominance of Islamic finance in the country, reflecting similar trends in countries in the Gulf Cooperation Council ("GCC") and Southeast Asia.

  • Catalan Separatism and Radical Islamism Converging in Spain

    August 11, 2014

    Growing discussion about details of a tentative plan by the Emir of Qatar to build the world's third-largest mosque, in Barcelona, has spurred a sharp public debate about the growing linkages between jihadist Islamist immigrants and the Catalonian separatist movement in Spain.

  • Arab Spring Reform Hopes a Distant Memory

    August 06, 2014

    A Guardian report indicates that hopes of political liberalization and tolerance for pluralism that accompanied the Arab Spring events in the Middle East and North Africa have been erased by the emergence of a regional political map dominated by secular military autocrats, Islamist militant-extremists, Islamist theocratic hardliners, and renewed Israeli-Palestinian violence.

  • Islamic State Continues Jihadi Cleansing of Iraq's Religious Minorities

    August 06, 2014

    Forces from the Islamic State (the caliphate established in territory cutting across the Iraqi-Syrian border) continue their jihad against Iraq's non-Muslim religious minorities, expanding the cleansing perpetrated against Assyrian Christians to the small Yazidi communities of northwestern Iraq, with a series of convert-or-be-killed attacks against that ancient, pre-Christian, monotheistic community.

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