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CALIPHATES AND ISLAMIC GLOBAL POLITICS  By Timothy Poirson and Robert Oprisko

The events of the 2011 Arab Spring saw renewed hope for Arab Civil Society, at least in the eyes of Middle East observers. However, with the cases of Libya and Syria descending into civil war and ...Read more >

102 Pages
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THE ISLAMIC STATE   By RICHARD BARRETT

From late 2011 The Islamic State has shown itself both tactically and strategically adept. After years of surviving as a persistently violent criminal/terrorist gang able to mount multiple synchronized ...Read more >

66 Pages
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ISLAMIC STATE OF IRAQ AND SYRIA AND ITS SOUTH ASIAN CONNECTION : AN INDIAN PERSPECTIVE   By Alvite Singh

Today, one of the most serious threats that have engulfed a large portion of the Middle East is the emergence of the Sunni Muslim extremist group, infamously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), ...Read more >

17 Pages
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THE ISLAMIC STATE AND ITS POTENTIAL  By Paul Rogers

This briefing is concerned with the aims and intentions of the Islamic State (IS) and whether the approach being adopted by the international coalition will have the intended effect: the destruction of the ...Read more >

4 Pages
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THE ISLAMIST CHALLENGE IN WEST ASIA  By Talmiz Ahmad

Political Islam or Islamism as defined by the International Crisis Group is the active assertion and promotion of beliefs, prescriptions, laws, or policies that are held to be Islamic in character ...Read more >

164 Pages
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EMERGING TRENDS IN WEST ASIA  By MEENA SINGH ROY

The aftermath of the Arab spring is witnessing the interplay of the Islamist discourse with domestic and regional politics in an environment that is fraught with the promise of ...Read more >

322 Pages
2.68 MB
THE ANATOMY OF A MILITANT RADICAL ISLAMIC WEBSITE  By Ms. Karen Kaya

This article analyzes the information operations and public relations strategy of the Islamic Jihad Union (IJU), a coalition of Islamic militants from Uzbekistan and other Central Asian states, who are closely related to ...Read more >

5 Pages
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THE WORLDS MUSLIMS : RELIGION, POLITICS AND SOCIETY  By Pewforum.org

This report was produced by the Pew Research Centers Forum on Religion & Public Life. The Pew Research Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan fact tank that provides information on the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the ...Read more >

226 Pages
1.56 MB
IRANIAN STRATEGY IN SYRIA  

The Islamic Republic of Iran has conducted an extensive, expensive, and integrated effort to keep President Bashar al-Assad in power as long as possible while setting conditions to retain its ability to use Syrian territory and assets to pursue its regional interests should Assad ...Read more >

43 Pages
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THE MUSLIM WORLD AFTER 9-11**  

In the Muslim world, as in others, religion, politics, and culture are intertwined in complicated ways. The purpose of this study is to examine the dynamics that are driving changes in the religio-political landscape of the Muslim world. Our goal is to provide policymakers and the broader academic and policy community with a general overview of events and trends in the Muslim world that are most likely to affect ...Read more >

567 Pages
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THE MUSLIM WORLD AFTER 9-11 AND THE IRAQ WAR  

This RAND study strives to do four things. First, to develop a typology of ideological tendencies in the different regions of the Muslim world, in order to identify the sectors with which the United States can find common ground and counter the influence of extremist and violent groups. Second, to identify the key cleavages and fault lines among confessional, ethnic, regional, and national lines and to assess how these cleavages generate challenges and opportunities for the United States. ...Read more >

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STUDENTS ISLAMIC MOVEMENT OF INDIA AND THE INDIAN MUJAHIDEEN : AN ASSESSMENT  By C. Christine Fair

This essay assesses the organization, ideology, and membership of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and the Indian Mujahideen (IM), as well as Indias ability to contend with this domestic security ...Read more >

20 Pages
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THE FRUITS OF ARAB SPRING : ISLAMISM, ANARCHISM AND FEMINISM  By Yeghig TASHJIAN

Islamist movements such as Muslim Brotherhood and Salafists are not newcomers to our region. MB emerged in 1928 as Pan-Islamist movement, founded by Hassan ...Read more >

9 Pages
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POLICY SHIFTS : STATE, ISLAM AND GENDER IN TUNISIA, 1930S-1990   By M. M. CHARRAD

This paper offers a macropolitical framework to analyze shifts in the gender policy of the Tunisian state. Throughout the twentieth century, the status of women in Tunisia has been caught up in political wars fought largely over other issues such as colonialism, nationalism, modernity, and Islamic cultural ...Read more >

36 Pages
1.87 MB
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