The Arab majority world in contemporary times is being pugnacious to delineate the linkages between the state, creed and the civil society. From the time when the so-called Arab Spring broke out in the Middle East in 2011, this has turned out to be the prevalent concern for monarchs in the region. The agitations have altered the political scenarios of the Arab majority world and have sent a caveat to dictatorial regimes that they need to discover a middle ground and reach a decision to incorporate egalitarian practices if they desire to remain in power.
Today, there is growing anger in all areas of daily life – between neighbors, in religious discourse and other aspects of personal and social relations. Young people have been expressing their strong opposition to certain ideologies through violence. In other words, we are faced with a global wave of violent radicalization.
PARIS — Having spent the last five years living in Syria, where she joined Islamic extremists, Emilie König, 33, wants to come home to France. But does France want her back?
Dr Haedar Nashir, Muhammadiyah’s general chairman, recently outlined the concept of Islam with Progress during his visit to Singapore. It is the organisation’s new platform to reemphasise the doctrine of moderation in Islam in Indonesia, by promoting socio-economic development to counter radical ideas in the country.
Islamic state has intensified its call on Muslims to emigrate or hijrah to territories or regions it controls. A correct understanding of hijrah is needed to debunk IS distortion of the term hijrah.
Religious people “cling” to certain beliefs in the face of evidence because those views are closely tied to their moral compasses, new studies have suggested.
While forms of radicalisation have been on the rise worldwide, some young Muslims, especially in European prisons, seem to get caught up in religious fundamentalism, and increasingly become entangled in Jihadist ideologies such as that of ISIS. Among other things, the increase of terrorist attacks and populism in Europe have made it more necessary to understand the ideological currents leading to extremism, as well as the political discourse around strategies of preventing radicalisation. This article addresses the following four points: The definition of radicalisation as a phenomenon, the definition of instrumentlisation of religion, religiously framed countermeasures to radicalisation, and the…
White supremacy swept to power the day Donald Trump was elected president of the United States. His most ardent supporters championed him across the world. For them, Trump signalled the resurgence of white male dominance and they weren’t ashamed to celebrate it. Their influence is growing. Following Trump’s executive order to ban citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the US – a decree overturned by federal courts – white nationalists took to Reddit to express their joy. Trump, it seemed, was the real deal. One user even said that he was so proud of Trump that he couldn’t possibly “raise his…
JIDDA, Saudi Arabia — For most of his adult life, Ahmed Qassim al-Ghamdi worked among the bearded enforcers of Saudi Arabia. He was a dedicated employee of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice — known abroad as the religious police — serving with the front-line troops protecting the Islamic kingdom from Westernization, secularism and anything but the most conservative Islamic practices. Some of that resembled ordinary police work: busting drug dealers and bootleggers in a country that bans alcohol. But the men of “the Commission,” as Saudis call it, spent most of their time…