iOS app Android app

Islamic Extremists

Can Muslim Youth Counter Extremism?

Amaar Ahmad | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Amaar Ahmad

It is important to confront the fallacies that the West is somehow at war with Islam or that all Muslim youth are silent against acts of extremism.

Dynamic Interpretations, Static Books: A Response to Bill Maher and Reza Aslan

Alex Ebert | Posted 12.08.2014 | Religion
Alex Ebert

We are having the wrong debate. This isn't about religion, this is about culture. To understand this we need the context of history -- something both of those nincompoops (and most polemicists) somehow forget.

Soccer Fan Support for the Islamic State: Protest or a New Generation of Jihadists?

James Dorsey | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
James Dorsey

At face value, a recent one minute video clip on You Tube leaves little doubt about support for the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls a swath of Syria and Iraq, among supporters of storied Moroccan soccer club Raja Club Athletic.

Muslims Around The World Rally Against Extremism

AP | LORI HINNANT | Posted 09.26.2014 | Religion

PARIS (AP) — In tweets, in street gatherings and in open letters, moderate Muslims around the world are insisting that Islamic State extremists don'...

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...

Muslim Scholars To Islamic State: You Don't Understand Islam

Religion News Service | Lauren Markoe | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) More than 120 Muslim scholars from around the world joined an open letter to the “fighters and followers” of the Islamic State, d...

The Rise of the Islamic State: Who Is to Blame?

James Dorsey | Posted 11.23.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Behind the façade of a united front against the Islamic State the United States and its Gulf allies blame each other for the spectacular rise of the jihadist group that has overrun a swathe of Syria and Iraq.

Aid Worker Killed By ISIS Is A 'British Hero' Says Prime Minister

AP | GREGORY KATZ | Posted 11.14.2014 | World

LONDON (AP) -- British aid worker David Haines devoted his life to helping civilians in war zones and that is how he should be remembered, his family ...

Saudi-Qatari Rivalry Spills onto the Soccer Pitch

James Dorsey | Posted 10.31.2014 | World
James Dorsey

Unable to persuade Qatari leaders to drop their support for the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups, Saudi Arabia appears determined to deprive its tiny neighbor of its regional soccer supremacy.

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.

On Islam, Violence, and the Execution of James Foley

Indira Falk Gesink | Posted 10.22.2014 | World
Indira Falk Gesink

So -- which side is right? Is Islam essentially violent and intolerant or essentially peaceful and pluralistic? Do the guys with the bloody machetes represent Islam, or are they an aberration? I think that anyone who tries to answer this question simply is doing so deliberately in order to score political points.

What Hamas and ISIS Have In Common

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 10.07.2014 | World
Sanjay Sanghoee

While the world's first concern is, and should be, humanitarian, it also needs to pay close attention to a key aspect of both these terrorist organizations that could escalate the crisis in the Middle East beyond measure and quite possibly bring the region to the brink of destruction.

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.

Intolerance and Violence

Martin Marty | Posted 09.14.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

In today's world, I get inspiration from the American Muslims who abhor all the violence and who host and invite me and Jews and other Christians of my kind to their hyper-peaceful Iftar dinners during Ramadan. These are small beginnings, but they are beginnings.

Islamic State Urges FIFA to Deprive Qatar of the World Cup

James Dorsey | Posted 09.08.2014 | World
James Dorsey

A purported letter by the Islamic State, the jihadist group that controls chunks of Syria and Iraq, has warned world soccer body FIFA not to hold the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, reviving concerns first raised in a FIFA security assessment warning two weeks before it was awarded the tournament.

Iraq and the Freedom Deficit in Islam

Joseph Loconte, Ph.D. | Posted 09.01.2014 | World
Joseph Loconte, Ph.D.

The ambitions of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria are darker and more extreme than those of Mr. al-Maliki. But they are the logical result of a cultural norm that compels religious obedience and criminalizes dissent -- a norm held throughout the Arab and Muslim world.

Africa's Islamic Extremist Problem Doesn't End With Boko Haram

Religion News Service | Fredrick Nzwili | Posted 06.01.2014 | Religion

NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) In the days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, al-Qaida became a household name. But today, other extremist Islamist groups, m...

Extremists Are Evolving –- So Should We

Salmaa Elshanshory | Posted 07.30.2014 | World
Salmaa Elshanshory

Counterterrorism is not working. Retaliatory military actions, condemnation by world leaders and by the general public on social media and censorship of terrorist organizations have all proven futile. It's time to try something new.

Searching for Common Ground: Are Muslim Terrorists Islamic or Islamist?

Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D. | Posted 07.29.2014 | Religion
Sarah Sayeed, Ph.D.

Terrorism rightly breeds anger, grief, fear and anxiety, emotions that don't make for effective communication in any situation, much less across cultures. This is why it's important to collectively work harder to be compassionate with each other and to speak in ways that don't deepen divides.

Nigeria's Peace Path: Can Lessons from the Oil-Rich South Defeat Boko Haram?

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 07.19.2014 | World
Saleem H. Ali

The human development indicators that are beginning to improve in the Niger Delta appear to transcend short-term political cycles. Of course, there is still no room to be sanguine about Southeast Nigeria.

Boko Haram Are Not Muslims but the Enemy of All Muslims

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 07.09.2014 | Religion
Azeem Ibrahim

Our priority must be to find the girls. We should also denounce Boko Haram as extremists peddling a false notion of religion. I'd go further than that and refuse to call them Muslims.

Blair: The Neocon's Dead End

James Zogby | Posted 07.03.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

After reading and rereading the speech, "Why the Middle East Matters," I was struck by how similar it was to the "agitprop" used by George W. Bush in the lead-up to the Iraq war.

The September 11 Memorial Museum's Moral Responsibility

Todd Fine | Posted 06.16.2014 | New York
Todd Fine

It is crucial that the terminology the museum uses in this section not generalize and blame the world's Muslims as a whole. We do not provoke Christians by calling the Kansas shooter a product of "Christian terrorism" and implicitly blaming the religion, so why do we continue to tolerate the term "Islamic terrorism?"

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.

'If Nigeria Falls to Islamic Extremists, All of Africa Will Be at Risk'

Joop Koopman | Posted 03.04.2014 | Religion
Joop Koopman

Nigerian Christians are confronted with the growing threat of radical Islam in the form of the extremely violent anti-Christian Boko Haram sect, which was declared a terrorist organization by the U.S.