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Islam,Terrorism and Jihad
How Jihad Came to Brooklyn
Leonid Bershidsky

Uzbekistan is now one of the worst places in the world where a radical Muslim could live. "Everyone whom law enforcement organs have ever suspected of ties to a religious of political organization that is considered extremist here is being tracked….


Isis’s Promise of Certainty Is What Lures the Likes of Mohammed Emwazi
Mohammed Emwazi

In the process, we have to expose the violent jihadism of Isis for what it is: ugly, frightened and weak, terrified of modernity, terrified of the past, terrified of women, and terrified of difference. So that no one, given the choice, would ever choose it over us….


Is Isis The Ultimate Evil? They Would Love You to Think So
Owen Jones

We must simply say that Isis is evil in its rawest form, apparently more evil than anything that has gone before, and leave it at that. Bombs and prisons: that’s the only legitimate response, and anyone who says otherwise is an apologist, a traitor or both. And so the symbiotic relationship between western power and jihadism persists.....

ISIS Heads to Rome
Thomas L. Friedman

ISIS Heads to Rome
Thomas L. Friedman

They were just two “losers,” he said, who resented those who did better than them and dressed it up in ideology. “Anything else, anything else to do with religion, with Islam, is a fraud, is a fake.”….


How to Minimize Islamic State Lure for Canadian Youth
Haroon Siddiqui

Canada has joined the war on Islamic State and is also seeing palpable hostility to Muslims and Islam. The xenophobic Charter of Quebec Values was at its core Islamophobic…..


Much More Is Needed To Overwhelm ISIS
Rami G. Khouri

The birth, incubation and growth of ISIS reveals the multiple reasons for how it has been able to reach its current condition of controlling territory and waging mini-wars on several fronts….


…. terrorism cannot be eliminated from the country until and unless every citizen considers it his responsibility and every section of society plays a positive role. The current pace of combating terrorism clearly shows the efforts are not serious and it would take a long time to end terrorism and such militant Takfiri groups including Taliban, Jundullah, LeJ, and Sipah-e-Sahaba are issuing decrees against other sects openly…..


“There’s a feeling of joy,’’ Mr Haddad said in June, when he condemned Australia’s involvement in Iraq. “Anyone getting involved in killing any Muslims anywhere is going to be a potential enemy or is an enemy of Islam itself and every single Muslim,’’ he told the ABC…..


Most Indonesian fighters in Syria were facilitated by existing groups including Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), the Ring Banten faction of Darul Islam, and Mujahidin Indonesia Timur (MIT). Those who go through the JI channel join Al Nusra Front and other Jihadi groups that are affiliated with Al Qaeda. Fighters linked to MIT, Ring Banten, and Jamaah Ansharut Tauhid (JAT) generally fight for the Islamic State as their leaders have pledged allegiance to the militant group’s leader, Mr Abu Bakar Al Baghdadi....


Jihadi John: Activist Who Praised Mohammed Emwazi as 'Beautiful' Caught On Video Backing Jihad
Robert Mendick

In an emotive speech caught on video, Mr Qureshi told a crowd gathered at rally organised by Hizb-ut Tahrir, an Islamist group: “When we see the example of our brothers and sisters fighting in Chechnya, Iraq, Palestine, Kashmir, Afghanistan, then we know where the example lies. When we see Hezbollah defeating the armies of Israel, we know where the solution is and where the victory lies....


IS in London: The unmasking of “Jihadi John”

The images last year of James Foley, an American hostage, apparently being beheaded by a masked fighter for Islamic State (IS) who spoke with a British accent, horrified the world. Since then the same man, dubbed “Jihadi John”, is thought to have appeared in a number of videos, committing similar atrocities. On February 26th the BBC, the Washington Post and others identified him as Muhammad Emwazi, a Kuwaiti-born British man in his mid-20s....


Islam and extremism: Looking within

The doctrines of Jihad and Takfir are central to the debate. Extremists interpret jihad as mandating offensive holy war, though they may disagree about when and against whom it should be waged. The evidence from the Hadith (the Prophet’s sayings) and renowned scholars that Islam is a religion of the sword is “so profuse that only a heretic would argue otherwise”, claims the most recent issue of Dabiq, the magazine of Islamic State (IS). Extremists differ, too, about Takfir, the process whereby Muslims declare other Muslims to be apostates or unbelievers, for which the penalty is death. Al-Qaeda applies the doctrine with some limits to avoid alienating Muslims from its cause; IS invokes takfir wholesale, especially against Shias, perhaps in the belief that cinematic gore is the stronger lure....

Fahrenheit 451
Irfan Husain

Fahrenheit 451
Irfan Husain

However, I doubt if the story inspired this generation of Jihadis to go on their book-burning spree as nobody has accused these semi-literate barbarians of being fans of modern fiction. Quite the contrary: to show their devotion to culture, the warriors of the Islamic State recently blew up the Mosul Public Library that contained, among other volumes, 8,000 old manuscripts. And lest anybody should think this act was an aberration, they also torched Mosul University’s main library, destroying thousands of books and precious manuscripts and documents. No wonder Unesco condemned these acts as “cultural cleansing”, and “one of the most devastating acts of destruction of library collections in human history”....


Jordan, Egypt, and the Response to ISIS: Beyond Air Strikes
Sultan Barakat

Even radical voices critical of the coalition have been forced to moderate their tone, likely fearful of public wrath or a spell in Jordanian prisons. Former al-Qaeda ideologue Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi was released from prison to condemn Kasasbeh’s burning as un-Islamic, while prominent Jihadi Salafi leader Abu Sayyaf said that the execution “had no connection to Islam,” blaming the burning on ex-Baathist officers among ISIS ranks....


China's Fertile Ground for Islamic State
Adam Minter

In July, during Ramadan, the state not only prohibited the religiously prescribed fast, but coerced many Muslims to eat. For example, some university students were forced to eat lunch with their professors. Beards and Mustaches have been banned. Women are barred from wearing veils and head coverings in public in much of Xinjiang -- including, as of Feb. 1, in the provincial capital, Urumqi....


Hizb Ut-Tahrir: Is It Now An Offence To Oppose Government Policy? If So, Let It Be Said Plainly
Uthman Badar

Hizb ut-Tahrir nurtures extremism, justifies terrorism and inspires young people to join Isis. Hizb ut-Tahrir is banned in many countries and Australia should follow suit. Hizb ut-Tahrir spreads “discord and division” with impunity. As for Hizb ut-Tahrir being banned in “many countries” – that media favourite line, attached as an essential descriptor to evoke fear and suspicion – it is half a story....


What ISIS Really Wants
Graeme Wood

Maqdisi taught Zarqawi, who went to war in Iraq with the older man’s advice in mind. In time, though, Zarqawi surpassed his mentor in fanaticism, and eventually earned his rebuke. At issue was Zarqawi’s penchant for bloody spectacle—and, as a matter of doctrine, his hatred of other Muslims, to the point of excommunicating and killing them. In Islam, the practice of Takfir, or excommunication, is theologically perilous. “If a man says to his brother, ‘You are an infidel,’ ” the Prophet said, “then one of them is right.” If the accuser is wrong, he himself has committed apostasy by making a false accusation. The punishment for apostasy is death. And yet Zarqawi heedlessly expanded the range of behavior that could make Muslims infidels....

The recent Islamist terrorist attacks on the Charlie Hebdo cartoon journalists in Paris and army children in Peshawar school perhaps prompted Sultan Shahin, Indian Editor of New Age Islam to write an advisory paper entitled “Muslim must confront Islamist terror ideologically –An Islamic reformation required”. While it is conceded that reforms within Islam will have to come from within, this paper examines whether at all it is possible when indications are to the contrary....

Our Religion Problem
Babar Sattar

We know that in 2004 Abdul Aziz of Lal Masjid had issued a fatwa declaring haram the namaz-i-janaza of Pakistani soldiers killed while fighting in Waziristan. We also know that his disciples have professed allegiance to IS. We now know that terrorists who attacked APS were provided board and lodging facilities by a Masjid imam. We know that mosques and their bully pulpits are abused to preach hate. We know that seminaries and mosques around Islamabad parade ground have had to be vacated to ensure safety for Pakistan Day....


Jordan, Egypt and ISIS: A Tale of Vengeance
Raed Omari

Only a few hours following ISIS’ release of a video showing its masked militants’ beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christian workers, Egypt, in retaliation, sent its F-16 warplanes to Libya to hit the group’s hideouts there typically echoing Jordan’s vengeance following the burning alive of its pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh. Exactly as Jordan did, Egypt accompanied its military action on ISIS with diplomatic efforts seeking to build a world consensus on the importance of eradicating the radical organization which is undoubtedly now the embodiment of all terror. Like Jordan, Egypt seems to be determined to hurt ISIS and “healing the chests” of its citizens, yet complications persist….


Islamic State’s use of technology has become ubiquitous: there are tens of thousands of supportive Twitter accounts, while Facebook and video sharing sites are used to disseminate propaganda, recruit fighters and organise. A policing and military response to Islamic State is already well under way, but this won’t address the obvious reality that technology is being used to facilitate extremism and an enduring, networked threat across our region....


The Lebanonisation Of Libya: Is Partition Next?
Joyce Karam

The Lebanonisation of Libya is also evident in the outside meddling in the country. Today, many Arab countries are trading accusations of instilling chaos in Africa’s leading oil producer nation. The accusations include arming, funding militias and allowing foreign fighters into Libya. While this picture parallels with 1975 Lebanon, in the age of ISIS and proliferating terrorism, Libya cannot afford a repeat of Beirut’s long agony....


Non-Muslim commentators have said these historical events are ancient history and therefore not applicable to the conversation. Christianity isn’t considered a violent religion because those events occurred in a more barbaric time. One day the terrorist acts of ISIS will be ancient history. If history doesn’t matter when one is talking about Christianity, then it technically shouldn’t matter when one is talking about Islam....


Even before the rise of ISIS, analysts say, some Arab states in the region were beginning to -- quietly -- work with Israel on various challenges including Iran. Now with ISIS the singular force uniting a region notoriously riven by tribal, religious and territorial differences, Israel is on the sidelines....

What Makes These 17-Year-Old Kids Pick Up An AK-47 Instead Of Trying To Start A Business?
Eli Lake

One recent study found that family money and education could be social indicators of inclinations toward terrorism. Released last year by Queen Mary University in London, it found that "youth, wealth, and being in full-time education were risk factors associated with radicalization." Maher said in his four years inside Hizb ut-Tahrir, he found many of the most active members were students or college graduates....

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