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Radical Islamism and Jihad

How Malaysia Became a Training Ground for Hamas
Jonathan Schanzer

The longer Hamas operatives like al-Batsh are welcome on Malaysian soil, the more likely it becomes that Israel moves against them. But for Kuala Lumpur, the concern should probably be the financial links that can be drawn between the terrorist group and Malaysian banks or financial institutions. With the Hamas-Malaysia connection increasingly exposed....

 
Did Bin Laden’s Death Help the Islamic State?
Tricia Bacon and Elizabeth Grimm Arsenault

Seven years after the death of al-Qaeda’s founding leader, Osama bin Laden, the Sunni jihadist movement stands divided. Al-Qaeda remains a powerful player, primarily because of the strength of its affiliates, those groups that have sworn allegiance to al-Qaeda. But al-Qaeda also faces a major rival: its former affiliate in Iraq, the Islamic State....

 

Financing Gives Terrorists the Means to Carry Out Their Attacks: Curbing Daesh and Extremist Groups
Ibrahim Al-Othaimin

Daesh has various means of raising funds including the trade of antiquities, taxes, looting and extortion, but its most prominent source of funding is the oil trade. Since its emergence in Iraq and Syria, Daesh has fought to seize control of oil sources. In “L’argent De La Terreur – Enquête sur les trafics qui financent le terrorisme,” Denis Boulard and Fabien Piliu claim that Daesh controlled 160 oil wells in Syria in 2015 which provided the hard-line organization with a daily income of €1.4 million....

 

Katibat al Tawhid wal Jihad: A Faithful Follower Of al-Qaeda from Central Asia
Uran Botobekov

The continuation of jihad in Syria is important for the further mobilization of the Salafi-Jihadi groups around al-Qaida since its fundamental ideology is built on the concept of jihad against the “infidels”. The al Qaeda emir emphasized, that “Levant today is the hope of the Muslim Ummah,” and urged to continue the jihad to establish the “rightly guided caliphate.”

 

ISIS Spokesman Calls for Attacks on Arab Nations
Rukmini Callimachi

The spokesman said there were “no difference” between fighting the leaders of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iran and the Palestinians “and their American Crusader allies, or the Russians or the Europeans.” He argued that they deserved to be treated even more harshly because “these are Arabs and are more fierce and vicious against Islam.”...

 

Islamic State Spokesman Says ‘New Phase’ of Jihad Has Begun
Thomas Joscelyn

Both the Islamic State and its predecessor, al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), denounced Iraqi elections. For al-Muhajir and his fellow ideologues, the candidates have claimed “divinity” for themselves merely by running for office and those who vote for them have elevated others to a status equal to Allah – an allegedly grievous sin.....

 
Mohammed bin Salman and Sururism
Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

Mohammed bin Salman and Sururism
Abdullah bin Bijad Al-Otaibi

Sururism is a wide movement within what was known as the Islamic Awakening or ‘Sahwa’, and it is the most important ideological experiment that combines Salafism with the philosophy of the Muslim Brotherhood. Sururism is attributed to Mohammed Surur Zine El Abidine, a Syrian national who became a dissident of the Muslim Brotherhood. Three others participated in this with him, Mohammed Qutb, Abdel Moneim Al-Azzi and Abdul Rahman Abdul Khaliq, but they failed, and he succeeded.....

 

Misinterpretation and Misuse of Term Jihad
Mohammad Jamil

Both Al-Qaeda and IS are misinterpreting Jihad and misusing it, which is common denominator for almost all extremist ideologies in the Muslim world. They mostly commit atrocities on Muslims and forcing them to accept their interpretation of Islam which is at variance with a great majority of Muslims and also against the basic essence of teachings of Qur’an-o-Sunnah. Propaganda wing of ISIS is also spreading disinformation that democracy is against the basic rules of Islam....

Islamist Parties Re-Create Coalition to ‘Establish Sharia’ In Pakistan
Kunwar Khuldune Shahid

However, ideological fault lines remain visible in MMA, with sources confirming that they do not want any of the other Islamist parties on board. Insiders confirm that no further invitations have been sent to other parties, and the coalition isn’t likely to expand in the coming weeks. One notable omission in MMA is Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Sami (JUI-S), which is headed by Sami-ul-Haq, also known as the “father of the Taliban.”...

 

Does Economic Deprivation Create Terrorists?
Omar Al-Ubaydli

Too often, those unfamiliar with the regions’ nuances are charged with formulating solutions to terrorism. This is because those who suffer the most from violent conflict, and who see its genesis first hand, have the strongest incentive to find effective solutions. Once the under-contribution by Middle Eastern scholars is addressed, we can look forward to a definitive understanding of the role of economic deprivation to terrorism in the Middle East....

 

Declining Terror, Rising Instability
Ajit Kumar Singh

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi of PML-N replaced Sharif as Prime Minister, but is widely viewed as a puppet of the Sharifs. With a General Election just around the corner (scheduled for July 2018), and patterns of political disruption escalating, the Army continues to push the boundaries of its authority, and particularly to dominate the export of terrorism into the neighbourhood. Inevitably, this creates some spaces for the continuation of domestic terrorism as well, including sectarian terrorism...

 

The Fate of Extremists: Too Stubborn To Recruit
Mansour Alnogaidan

He replied, “You have crossed the line. You surrounded the main government building and breached its gate. You damaged the state’s prestige.” One of the crowd shouted, “You are dishonourable cleric.” Another said, “You are a coward.” Another member of the crowd was A.Z. — the young man who two years later would be arrested for attempted murder. He told Athemein, “Let us be your guests. Open your door and allow us into your home.” The cleric replied, “Not under these circumstances,”...

 

It Is the Terrorists Who Are Responsible For Terrorism
Basil Hijazi, New Age Islam

We reject all such terms, which are likely to intensify hatred among nations and religions. The killing of innocent people in Central Africa is not Christian terrorism against Muslims, because the Christians’ central and spiritual leaders do not consider it legitimate. They strongly reject this terrorism, condemning the perpetrators of such crimes against Muslims. Similarly the oppression on Christians and Yazidis in Iraq is not Islamic terrorism against Christians, because the religious authority of Muslims, Jamia al-Azhar condemns all such crimes which harm any human being or humiliate any religion....

From macabre hide-and-seek exercises, in which children hunt and kill enemy prisoners in specially constructed mazes, to the mass execution and decapitation of adult soldiers, young people living under IS have been indoctrinated and encouraged to engage in violence. Meanwhile, IS’s quasi-government instituted an education system explicitly aimed at indoctrinating and weaponising the children living under it….

 

ISIS in Africa - A Threat to African Peace
Basil Hijazi, New Age Islam

Utilizing historical concepts like “Jihad al-Talab”, “Al-Wala Wal-Bara” and “caliphate”, ISIS tried to implement its plots. To an extent, ISIS succeeded in this process. Now the recruitment of practical workers in such organizations operating in Africa can easily be made. Those who can be affected to a greater extent by this recruitment are the Salafi-oriented individuals....

How Islamism Drives Muslims to Convert
Mustafa Akyol

Luckily, the Islamic tradition has means other than coercive power with which to present itself. The medieval Muslim theologians and philosophers employed reason to articulate the faith, and wrestled with foreign ideas like Greek philosophy, rather than banning them. Meanwhile, the mystical Sufi orders focused on developing virtue, which allowed them to spread the faith through inspiration and example....

Now, for a group which claims to be Sunni Muslims to openly deprecate education that comes from the West in this manner, it only smacks of hypocrisy or ignorance of Sunnis’ world-view. For instance, countries such as Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Turkey, Syria and in fact about 90 percent of Muslims in the world are Sunnis, many of whom have embraced Western civilization. Recent surveys of Muslims’ demographics show that out of the 1.8 billion Muslims, 1.6 billions are Sunnis. ....

 

How Masculinity, Not Ideology, Drives Violent Extremism
Dina Temple-Raston

I sat down with a young Minnesota teenager last year who had sold what little he owned — his sneakers, his iPhone and prized pieces of clothing — to buy an airplane ticket to Turkey. He wasn’t going for tourism. He’d decided to slip into Syria to join the Islamic State. The reason he was drawn to the group had almost nothing to do with its ideology, he told me. “In the summer of 2014 all ISIS was talking about was fighting the Assad regime,” he said. “I thought I was fighting on the side of an oppressed people.”...

 

Countering Extremism: Jihadist Ideology Reigns Supreme
James M. Dorsey

The difference between then and now is that then there were all kinds of worldviews on offer: anti-authoritarianism, anarchism, socialism, communism, concepts of extra-parliamentary opposition, and in the Middle East and North Africa, Arab nationalism and Arab socialism. Today, the only thing on offer is militant interpretations of Islam and Jihadism....

 

The report also revealed how the extremist exploited women, al-Qaeda's founder in Saudi Arabia and one of its theoreticians (killed in a security confrontation in 2003) Yusef al-Ayeri, and Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, one of the most prominent extremist ideologues, considered women “to be a scornful fun tool with no worth compared to the women in after life”....

 

Traditional revolutionaries and liberationists eschewed terror tactics against the non-combatants they hoped to lead. But today’s religious warriors observe no such niceties. They are uninterested in cultivating democratic support or catalysing popular uprisings. Their methodology is to terrorise local populations into submission, in order to enjoy the power gained from running their proto-states...

 

Countering Radicalisation through Media
Fizza Mumtaz

Therefore, with such wide access and influence, the media is uniquely placed to promote tolerance, acceptance and an all-inclusive approach for peaceful societies. Also, there is an urgent need to abolish the superfluous divide between gender, caste and creed and most importantly between the government and the nation....

 

Subsequently, Imran joined a Tablighee Markaz at Madina Masjid located in Aysha Manzil. At Madina Masjid, Imran met an activist of an outfit named Ansar-ul-Ummah, who identified himself as Haji Noor Khan. In 2015, he got inspired by Jihadi literature and joined Jaish-e-Muhammad. He told his interrogators that he was introduced to Jaish’s message through wall chalking done by its activists on the main entrance of Masjid Batha at Sakhi Hassan Chowrangi. He said he used to visit the mosque regularly to attend sermons delivered by a Jaish activist....

 

The Morphing Of Religious Cultures into Extremism
Mansour Alnogaidan

In 1991, Issam Al Barqawi — aka Abu Mohammed Al Maqdisi, the eventual spiritual mentor of Al-Qaeda Iraq chief Abu Mus’ab al-Zarqawi — visited Al Qasim. The Jordanian national entered Saudi Arabia under a forged Kuwaiti passport. He found and read a book called The Clear-cut Reasoning for the Illegitimacy of the Saudi State. By September 11, 2001, a thin thread had woven all these disparate elements together....

 

Jihad Selfie: The Evolving Strategy of Home-grown Radical Recruitment
Dr. Matthew Crosston

In February, an eye-opening new report was released by the Program on Extremism at The George Washington University. This 116-page report, The Travellers: American Jihadists in Iraq and Syria is a powerful mix of the best of political science and sociology. It exposes the reader to both the definitions and statistics around American- and European-based jihadist travellers....

 
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