The Hunt for “Jihadi John” Moves to Football

January 26, 2015

The hunt for Jihadi John has cast a spotlight over football as a recruitment tool for jihadists. The United Kingdom’s search for “Jihadi John” — the masked, British-accented fighter who appears in beheading videos of foreigners condemned to death by the Islamic State (IS) — has...

The Islamic State Splits the Caucasus Emirate

January 23, 2015

Despite a myth to the contrary, the Caucasus Emirate has extensive links to global jihadist networks, including al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. For nearly two decades, many Washington DC think-tanks and US mainstream media maintained the myth that the Caucasus Emirate (CE) mujahedeen and their...

What Britain Should Do About Its Jihadists

August 28, 2014

Why are British Muslims so well-represented in the self-declared “Islamic State”? The United States and Britain have similar-sized Muslim minorities, but US officials have estimated that approximately 100 Americans are fighting with the Islamic State, while their British counterparts put...

Syria’s Salafi Awakening: Existential Psychological Primers (Part 2/2)

July 31, 2014

The constant fear of death has transformed Syria’s secular Sunnis into warriors of God. Whether it is the thump of barrel bombs, the indiscriminate artillery barrages or the sniping of innocent bystanders — to name only a few — Syria is rife with testaments of human...

The Fallout From Syria: Hate Speech in Indonesia

March 25, 2014

Jihadi groups propagate an anti-Shia narrative to mobilize Indonesian militants to fight in Syria. A hate speech regulation is desperately needed in Indonesia to contain the damaging effects of jihadi propaganda, as this narrative is increasingly used to mobilize Indonesian Muslims against the...

The Muslim Brotherhood: Islam and Democracy in Egypt

January 24, 2014

Despite mounting pressure, the Muslim Brotherhood is unlikely to take up arms. Whether or not the Arab Spring heralded a democratic transition in the Arab world, it was significant in the sense that even political parties with a predominantly Islamic ideology took to the streets demanding justice...

War on Women: Forced Sex in the Name of Religion (Part 2/2)

November 02, 2013

Sex jihad should be taken seriously and demands serious investigation. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. Several Arab newspapers claimed that the fatwas condoning such acts were issued by well-known religious leaders, including Yusuf al-Qaradawi, Mohammad al-Arefe and...

Land of the “Boutique Jihad”: The Foreign Fighters in Syria

November 01, 2013

The number of foreign fighters in Syria has reached an alarming level. As the Syrian Civil War rages on for a third year, it has morphed into a wider jihad by Islamist militants, both home-grown and foreign imports. Syria has become the "favorite" battleground of the so-called jihadists...

War on Women: Forced Sex in the Name of Religion (Part 1/2)

October 21, 2013

Sex jihad should be taken seriously and demands a thorough investigation. This is the first of a two part series. Jihad in Islam is the call to fight and go to war and be ready to die for the victory of Islam against the enemy, who is defined as an infidel. The call for Jihad is seen, by some...

Al-Shabab and the Kenya Attack: Influencing Politics?

September 27, 2013

What are the origins of Somalia's al-Shabab? Radical Islamists killed at least 67 people in Kenya, while dozens are still missing. Annette Weber talks about the history, structure and ideology of the al-Shabab militia, which is responsible for the terrorist attack in a shopping mall in...

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