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Islamic Extremism

The Hubris of the Islamic Label

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 02.25.2015 | World
Parvez Ahmed

Labels such as, Islamic Republic, Islamic Finance, or Islamic State, are an exercise in hubris arrogantly suggesting that whatever takes place under such banners is sanctioned by Islam.

Why Obama Won't Call Violent Extremists 'Islamic'

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 02.20.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Although President Obama has come under fire for avoiding the word "Islamic" in his discussions about violent extremist groups, not everyone is up in ...

Boko Haram Wins as Nigeria Postpones National Elections

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 02.09.2015 | Chicago
Stan Chu Ilo

For starters this is not the first time that Nigeria has postponed national elections. Elections were postponed as recently as 2011 in the last presidential poll. Former military dictator, Ibrahim Babangida holds the unenviable record in tinkering with timetables for elections.

Opening Shots Fired in the War Over Guantanamo

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

Republican lawmakers are exploiting the terrorist attacks on Charlie Hebdo in order to strengthen their argument that Washington is still in the middle of an active war on Islamist extremism. To put the message more alarmingly: If it could happen in broad daylight in Paris, it could happen in DC or New York.

I Have the Freedom to Say that the Charlie Hebdo Massacre Is Not About Free Speech

Galanty Miller | Posted 01.19.2015 | Politics
Galanty Miller

To support free speech is to accept the legality of satire without question. To oppose free speech is to support a government law banning political cartoons. Neither of these positions has anything to do with what happened in France.

Italy Expels Nine Suspected Islamist Militants

Reuters | Posted 01.18.2015 | World

ROME, Jan 18 (Reuters) - Italy has expelled nine suspected Islamist militants so far this year as part of a heightened security alert throughout Eur...

Je Suis Nigeria

Michael Shammas | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Michael Shammas

American media should not pretend as if nothing is happening as Nigeria continues to battle the ignorant cancer calling itself Boko Haram. Nigeria's struggle with radicalism is at least as newsworthy as our own.

Boko Haram in Baga: One of the Deadliest Terrorist Attacks in Modern History

Daniel Gastfriend | Posted 01.14.2015 | Media
Daniel Gastfriend

We should strive to reaffirm the most basic principle upon which our societies stand: that all individuals are created equal. We have failed to provide Baga's victims that recognition. Let us demand that all individuals be protected from its reach, not merely those similar to us.

Pakistan: A Tale of Two Countries

Zehra Mehdi-Barlas | Posted 01.18.2015 | World
Zehra Mehdi-Barlas

The circumstances in Pakistan are disabling it. But these circumstances, brought on by the extremism in religion and thought, can only be changed by the people themselves.

Sarah Harvard

Muslim Leaders Asked To Condemn Extremism ... Again

HuffingtonPost.com | Sarah Harvard | Posted 10.15.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON -- Fox News host Greta Van Susteren on Monday offered Muslim leaders from around the world an invitation to appear on her show to condemn I...

On Non-Violent Islamic Extremism (1/3)

Elham Manea | Posted 12.09.2014 | World
Elham Manea

I have a problem with two arguments in this whole debate on the rise of ISIS and Islamic extremism. One says Islam is not the problem and the other says Islam is the problem. Both fail to look at the roots of extremism.

Confronting ISIS Has No Military Solution

Akbar Ganji | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Akbar Ganji

History teaches us that military attacks and repression cannot eliminate ideas, particularly religious ones, from any society.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

This Cleric Thinks ISIS Can Be Defeated With More Religion

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Countering extremist groups like the Islamic State will require “not less religion but more,” according to a prominent Muslim cleric...

Saudi Clerics Cite Quran To Condemn Terrorism

Reuters | Posted 11.17.2014 | Religion

RIYADH, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's top clerical council, the only body in the country authorized to issue fatwas or Islamic legal opinions, ...

The Islamic State and Christian Security

Leona Foxx | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Leona Foxx

King Carl XVI Gustaf walked down the aisle with the Rev. Dr. Antje Jackelen, Archbishop of the Church of Sweden. We opened the prayer service for peac...

ISIS Beheadings of Journalists Are Nothing Short of Barbaric

Imam Muhammad Musri | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion
Imam Muhammad Musri

As I watch, listen to and read what reporters and commentators have to say about such savagery, I repeatedly encounter the question: Where are the voices of the moderate Muslims? Why aren't they saying anything?

Does Islamic State's Brutality Really Have Nothing to Do With Religion?

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Fathima Imra Nazeer

It's time we take our blinders off and started openly talking about the connection between ISIS's brutality and Quranic literalism.

Now That the Guns Have Been Silenced

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 10.28.2014 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The new ceasefire between Israel and Hamas has immediately raised the same old question: Will it last, or is it merely just another pause, providing the prelude for the next round of fighting à la previous ceasefires? I believe the current ceasefire is different as it was achieved under completely different circumstances and may well last.

The Tragedy Continues - Arab Spring Gives Way to Salafist Summer

Lawrence A. Levine | Posted 10.26.2014 | World
Lawrence A. Levine

Despite the religious and political "marketing" of Jihad and martyrdom by al Qaeda, like any good organized crime syndicate, ISIS leadership and sponsors recognize violence as a profitable tool to advance their interests.

Time to Face the ISIS Inside of Us

Elham Manea | Posted 10.22.2014 | World
Elham Manea

It would be easier to look the other way. It would be easier. But if we continue to blame the others, insist on our inaction and silence, it is we, we, no one else, who is letting our religion be hijacked by this fundamentalist interpretation of Islam.

An Atheist's (Somewhat) Relaxed View of the Qur'an

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

Objectively, there's no denying that today Islamic extremism poses more of a threat than other types of religious fanaticism. There are complex historical, social, and cultural reasons for this. But this is not a matter of the text of the Qur'an being inherently more susceptible to intolerant interpretations than the Bible.

Muslims Worldwide Fear The Rise Of Islamic Extremism

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion

Though the extremist militant group ISIS has declared a restoration of the Islamic Caliphate and issued a call for all Muslims to pledge their allegia...

Islamic Extremism in Africa

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.25.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

In spite of all the resources devoted to fighting Somalia-based Al Shabaab in recent years, the group has grown stronger, and continues to cross the region's borders with impunity. The same is true with Boko Haram in Nigeria and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

Sochi, Tsar Vladimir's Black Sea St. Vladimirsburg

John Brown | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
John Brown

St. Petersburg was constructed at great human and economic cost. So is the implementation of Putin's Sochi's urban/sport/entertainment fantasy, which some predict could turn into a nightmare.

Understanding and Treating the Cancer of Islamic Extremism

Ribal Al-Assad | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
Ribal Al-Assad

Since the dawn of time, the world has witnessed conflict, and since the onset of organized religion, it has played host to sectarian violence. But why is Islamism currently growing so fast, and so widely? The reasons are political and economic.