On September 29, Sheikh Rachid al Ghannouchi argued that the Middle East is at a crossroads rather than in a crisis. On one hand, the region is experiencing a rise in extremism and instability, but it is also moving “towards democracy, development and progress,” he said at the United States Institute of Peace.
On September 24, President Barack Obama called on the international community to confront religious extremism that has led to the growth of groups like the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL).
Prominent Muslim clerics, scholars and activists have condemned the establishment of a caliphate by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, now known simply as the Islamic State.
Leaders of mainstream Islamist political parties and even the Afghan Taliban and al Qaeda affiliates have denounced the extremist group.
On eve of the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks, President Barack Obama outlined a four-part strategy for destroying the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, now known simply as the Islamic State (IS).
Algeria’s Islamists have had limited political success since the Arab Spring, especially compared with the initial electoral gains by Islamists elsewhere in the Middle East. The main problem is their own political rivalry.
The two best known Islamist groups in the Middle East today are the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. Despite their common Islamist labels, however, the two movements have vastly different origins, political platforms and social agendas.
On August 1, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz called on the international community to take a united stance against terrorism. His statement, read on live television by a state television anchor, seemed to refer to the actions of the so-called Islamic State. The extremist Sunni militant group has taken control of large swaths of Syria and Iraq in recent months and has begun to enforce its ultra-strict interpretation of Islamic law on the local population.
The Turkish public is split over how Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is leading the country, according to a new Pew Research survey. His party, the Islamist Justice and Development Party (AKP) has been the driving force in Turkish politics for a decade.