Abdullah al-Faisal’s Global Jihad

By Raffaello Pantucci, lawfareblog.comDated: April 19, 2020 Editor’s Note: The history of the modern jihadist movement is often the tale of different charismatic preachers and fighters, whose inspiring words and deeds—and whose pettiness and divisions—shaped the movement. RUSI’s Raffaello Pantucci examines the life and times of Abdullah al-Faisal, the storied jihadist preacher whom the United States is trying to extradite. Faisal is a particularly militant jihadist, and his personal history captures the dangers of the movement and its many divisions. Daniel Byman When he was able to preach publicly, Abdullah…

Why Jihadists Loved America in the 1980s

By Thomas Hegghammer, The Atlantic March 6, 2020 It was freezing cold with gusting winds in Indianapolis on New Year’s Day 1978. While much of the city was presumably waking to a hangover, the Islamic Teaching Center was busy hosting prominent preachers from the Middle East. Among them was Abdallah Azzam, a 36-year-old rising star of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood. In Indianapolis, Azzam would meet a young Saudi student with a now-famous name: Osama bin Laden. It was a historic moment, one that marked the rise of an extensive jihadist…

How Video Games could facilitate Radicalization Processes

By Linda Schlegel , European Eye on Radicalization Dated: March 13,2020 In Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, the lead character escapes the harsh reality of his daily life by playing a massive virtual reality game, stating that this game is the “only place that feels like I mean anything” and that “it’s a place where the limits of reality are your own imagination (…) People come to OASIS for all the things they can do, but they stay for all the things they can be.” The virtual reality game offers an…

Ghazwa-e-Hind and Indian Ulema?

New Age Islam, Dated: May 15, 2020 Our ulema should introspect deeply, and better decide to come out of their seventh century mindset, which is still celebrating Jang-e-Badr and other battles. We need a new theology, a theology of peace and pluralism, a theology of gender justice, free from patriarchal bias. ISIS is presenting a powerful Jihadi narrative based on the theology of the consensus of all sects in Islam. We need a coherent counternarrative, which is internally consistent and makes sense to the modern Muslim, living in the 21st…

Indian Scholars refute obscurantist Pakistani Mufti Muneeb’s Fatwa declaring Land Transactions and Muamalat with Hindus to be forbidden in Kashmir

By New Age Islam Group of Scholars Dated: May 04, 2020 An obscurantist, fundamentalist Mullah from Pakistan, Mufti Muneebur Rahman, of Darul Ifta Jamia Nayimia Karachi has issued a fatwa, clearly under the influence of Pakistan’s Deep State, that makes every Muslim hang his head in shame. Is this Islam, one feels like asking, in the way a grief-stricken Muslim mother asked on 16 December 2014 in Peshawar, after the Taliban massacred 149 small children and teachers in a Pakistani Army school. This despicable cleric, speaking in the manner of many…

Takfir: The Act of accusing a Muslim of Apostasy, has become an Ideology, Embraced by Extremists

By Habib Ali Jafri New Age Islam Dated: February 26, 2014 Takfir, the act of accusing a Muslim of apostasy, has become an ideology embraced by extremist movements to justify the killing of anyone who does not fulfil their criteria of “true” belief. There are two main reasons for the cancerous spread of Takfirist ideology in parts of the Muslim world. The first one is the rejection of the diversity of opinions. This diversity is often a result of the application of scholars’ independent legal judgement (Ijtihad) to religious textual…

To What Extent Did Attacking the Sources of ISIL’s Funding Operations Contribute to the Weakening of The Islamic State?

By Daniel Porter,International Counter TerrorismYouth Network (ICTYN) Student Paper Series 2018 | Issue 02 AbstractThis article examines the impact attacking the sources of Islamic State’s funding operations had on weakening the Caliphate. Delineating between kinetic and nonkinetic operations to target Islamic State’s funding, this article highlights the inefficacy of national, regional and international attempts to weaken the group through targeting their relationship to the international financial system, as this relationship was largely non-existent. Rather, the targeting of oil infrastructure, cash depots, and population centres had a more significant effect due to the…

Global Islamism, Jihadism and Maulana Abul Kalam Azad

By Tufail Ahmed, Firstpost, Dated: October   29, 2016 Recently, I have been ridiculed and dismissed as a ‘sanghi’, as a Zionist and as an Islamophobe for arguing in my writings that Islamic clerics and Urdu journalists engender Islamist ideas and trap innocent Muslim youths in the web of jihadism. So, to defend me in the court of public opinion, I hereby present my advocate Maulana Abul Kalam Azad (1888-1958), the 20th century’s foremost Islamic scholar who was born in Mecca as a citizen of the Ottoman Caliphate and went on…

The Global Movement of Moderates: An Effective Counter to ISIS?

By Kumar Ramakrishna Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Singapore Dated: August 06, 2015 Synopsis: Amongst the various global initiatives debated to counter the violent extremist ideology of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), one example from Southeast Asia – the Global Movement of Moderates – is worth closer scrutiny. Moderation, however, is not just for Muslims.Commentary: INTERNATIONAL CONCERN at the rapidly metastasising global threat of the brutal Al Qaeda “mutation” known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), has generated concerted discussions on effective strategies to…

The Hardline Stream of Global Jihad: Revisiting the Ideological origin of the Islamic State

By Tore Hamming, Combating Terrorism Centre January 2019, Volume-12, Issue-1 Abstract: The Islamic State has lost almost all its territorial control in Syria and Iraq and thus a central part of its claim to constitute a caliphate. As the international community takes stock, it is necessary to discard the myth of the group simply being a product of al-Qaida. Despite its history as a local al-Qaida affiliate in Iraq, the Islamic State developed from an ideological and cultural trend born in late-1980s Afghanistan that was always in tension with the…