Tag Archives: Islam and Islamism

Spreading the Gospel: Asian leaders wary of Saudi religious diplomacy

King Salman in Asia James Dorsey says leaders of Asian states recently visited by Saudi King Salman are waking up to the detrimental impact of Saudi religious diplomacy which is fostering sectarianism and intolerance in their societies. Read more [...]

أنت مسلم بمقدار ما أنت إنسان. (You are a Muslim as much as you are a human being)

Human dignity بقلم منذر هنداوي لماذا Read more [...]

Women’s gyms lay bare limits of Saudi reforms

Saudi women in black shrouds James Dorsey says the Saudi decision to license women-only gyms is progress in a country where women have few rights, but restrictions on what activities the gyms will be allowed to offer reflect the continuing power of reactionary forces. Read more [...]

Protecting terrorists: China blocks UN listing of Pakistani as a globally designated terrorist

Pakistani terror chief Masood Azhar James Dorsey says China’s shielding of terror chief Masood Azhar on behalf Pakistan raises questions about the sincerity of Pakistan’s crackdown on terrorists and China’s willingness to pressure Pakistan not to use terrorists as proxies. Read more [...]

Trump fuels the fire by singling out Iran

Trump fuels the fire in Middle East James Dorsey argues that President Trump’s singling out of Iran, rather than tackling the root causes of violence and instability, risks fuelling sectarianism across the Muslim world and exacerbating ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa. Read more [...]

Pakistani crackdown on extremists: One hand works to neutralise the other

Pakistani militant leader Hafez Saeed James Dorsey examines the belief in official Pakistani circles that terrorist groups can serve a geopolitical purpose without endangering the fabric of society, which has already been infused by ultra-conservative strands of Islam. Read more [...]

Liberals in Muslim world pay the price for Trump and Saudi-supported illiberalism

Donald Trump with fingers on buttons James Dorsey argues that the Islamophobia fuelled by Donald Trump and far-right European politicians benefits not only Saudi-backed ultra-conservative interpretations of Islam, but also their anti-Saudi jihadist offshoots. Read more [...]

Creating Frankenstein’s Monster: Saudi Arabia’s ultra-conservative footprint in Africa

Saudi Islamism in Africa James Dorsey views Saudi Arabia's role in spurring political violence in sub-Saharan Africa, noting the Saudis spent $100 billion in 50 years on promoting an intolerant, supremacist, anti-pluralistic version of Islam. Read more [...]

Islamic State violence fuels culture wars and widens generation gaps

Reina nightclub attack James Dorsey explains why the Islamist attack on Istanbul’s Reina nightclub may have emboldened Muslim youth “to stand up for their right to craft lives that reflect a more liberal, less restrictive interpretation of Islam”. Read more [...]

Think that 2016 was a tough year for Saudi Arabia? Wait till you see 2017

A worried looking King Salman James Dorsey looks ahead to a probable bleak year for an economically-stressed Saudi Arabia where a reassessment of US foreign policy in the Middle East and the Gulf seems set to add to its setbacks in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Egypt. Read more [...]