Global Political Islam

  • OIC Denounces Boko Haram Kidnappings as Contravention of Islamic Law

    July 14, 2014

    The Organization of Islamic Cooperation ("OIC"), a 57-member-state organization representing the global umma (community of Muslims), condemned the kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls by Nigerian Islamist extremist group Boko Haram as a contravention of Islamic teachings.

  • Islamist Extremist Group Continues Violent Campaign for Sharia State in Somalia

    July 14, 2014

    The Somali Islamist militant group al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for two recent bomb attacks in Mogadishu, one deadly, as part of the group's ongoing campaign to make Somalia into a sharia state.

  • Saudis Punish Apostasy with Prison and Lashings to Stifle Free Speech

    July 14, 2014

    Signaling continued efforts to stifle free speech and regulate social media under the religious justification of apostasy, a Saudi Arabia appeals court recently announced imprisonment and lashing as penalties for apostasy charges against a prominent internet critic of the Saudi religious regime.

  • Turkey's Islamists Get Bad Grades in Freedom House Report

    July 14, 2014

    Renowned think-tank Freedom House's recently released 2014 global report on freedom downgraded Turkey's Islamist government to unfree for turning away from liberalization, with massive crackdowns on civil and political liberties.

  • Lebanon's Islamist Factions at Odds over Syria Conflict

    July 14, 2014

    Lebanon's Muslim Brotherhood (the Islamic Group) has come out against sending foreign fighters to Syria, a reflection of deepening divisions in Lebanon's Islamic confessions over positioning in the region's Islamist balance-of-power struggles.

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