The Islamic State (IS) poses a challenge to the broader Middle East as it consolidates authority in Iraq and Syria. But the situation is complicated by the multitude of regional actors using the crisis as an opportunity to pursue their own domestic and political agendas.
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.
More than 120 leading religious scholars and academics from across the Muslim world have issued an open letter to the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. The 17-page document condemns 24 acts committed by the extremist group that are in violation of Islam.
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).
The Middle East Program at the Wilson Center collected thoughts on the threat to women posed by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from contributors in the Middle East and the United States.
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.