Are We Ready to Drop the Term “Islamist” in Reference to Terrorism?

Jul 24, 2020

On July 20, The Times released a report indicating that UK police held a forum to explore a request to change the terminology surrounding terror attacks now commonly defined as “Islamist.” The discussion, which included the head of Counter Terrorism Policing, Assistant Commissioner Neil Basu,...

Sufis, Salafis and Islamists: Activism in the United Kingdom

Oct 18, 2016

Scholars hoping to get an insider and yet critical appraisal of Islamic activism in Europe should take this book as their starting point. No religious minority in the world today has received so much global attention as the Muslims in Europe. From the burkini and burqa ban in France to the...

Islamist Violence and the Role of Ideology

Sep 08, 2015

What can history teach us about jihadist groups such as the Islamic State? “No, we must be clear. The root cause of the threat we face is the extremist ideology itself.” British Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent speech in Birmingham represents a direct political intervention in the...

American Leadership is Vital to Confront Islamist Terrorism

Sep 09, 2014

US long-term engagement in the fight against terrorist groups, including the Islamic State, might be inevitable. The Obama administration has been pummeled of late for its perceived foreign policy lapses and ensuing crises, from Iraq to the western Pacific, Ukraine to Syria, Libya to...

Islamist Movements: The Arab Intifada in Perspective

Mar 03, 2013

The following is an extract from George Joffé’s essay, “The Arab Intifada in Perspective,” as he discusses the role of Islamist parties in Tunisia, Egypt and Morocco. To appreciate what has actually happened in the Arab world as a result of what in the West is called the...

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