ISIS Claims First Attack in Israel

Hamas and Israeli officials have disputed the jihadi group's claim of responsibility, but this could still influence the nature of...


Religion, Conflict, and Geopolitics in 2017

As a new presidential administration takes the reins in Washington, and as the UK begins exiting the EU, 2017 promises to bring dr...

CRG report

Saudi-Iraqi Tensions Should be a Wake-Up Call on Sectarianism

ISIS has shown that localised sectarian tensions can give rise to global terrorism, and that marriages of convenience can come bac...


Burkini Bans: Why France Is Giving Iran A Run For Its Money

Extreme secularism in France looks no different to extreme Shia ideology in Iran....


Burkini Bans Will Only Help ISIS

The sight of four armed men forcing a woman to remove her clothes on a French beach propagates the extremist narrative that the We...


The Fall and Rise of Extremism in Bangladesh

With a spate of Islamist murders drawing attention to Bangladesh, Lailufar Yasmin asks whether a polarised debate on the role of r...


How Sharia Jurists Influence East Ghouta Rebel Infighting

Recent deadly clashes in the Damascus suburb illustrate the role local religious bodies play in the civil war.


Shia in Nigeria: Deliberate Violence or Mistaken Intent?

Last month's deadly clashes between the army and the Islamic Movement of Nigeria echoes the first rumblings of the Boko Haram insu...


ISIS Exploits the Sunni-Shia Split

The latest issue of ISIS' English-language magazine Dabiq focuses on sectarian divisions, hot on the heels of Saudi Arabia's execu...


Saudi Arabia's Executions: Why Now?

Saudi Arabia's execution of Nimr al-Nimr, along with 46 others, in January drew widespread condemnation and a growing regional cri...

Saudi Arabia

The Contest Over Islam in Russia

Russia's religious landscape is fast changing, and a contest over religious practice in the country's heartland has implications b...


The Other Apocalypse

Apocalyptic imagery permeates the current conflicts of the Middle East....

Shia extremism

Muslim Identity at Risk in the Central African Republic

As violence continues in the Central African Republic, a conflict not religious at its roots, an Amnesty International report find...

Central African Republic

Religious Freedom: Arguments from Islam

The rich discourse on religious freedom within Islam, seen by many as an effective antidote to extremism, should be amplified, par...

Religious freedom

Sufism: An Alternative to Extremism?

In the search for alternatives to Islamist extremist ideologies and violence, the traditional and historical Islamic practices of ...