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Foreign Policy Essay

Popular Support for Suicide Terrorism in Bangladesh: Worse Than You Think

Editor's Note: Bangladesh, one of the world's largest Muslim countries, is usually considered a success story: slowly but steadily, this secular democracy is climbing out of poverty. This perceived success, however, ignores the country's many problems. Christine Fair, Ali Hamza, and Rebecca Heller—all of Georgetownpaint a far darker picture. They note high degrees of support for militancy and growing violence, arguing that ignoring Bangladesh's problems could prove disastrous.



Algeria's Massive Mosque Project: Alternative to Extremism or Threat to Secular Values?

Editor's Note: This post originally appeared on Markaz.


Algeria is building the third-largest mosque in the world with the tallest minaret ever (see photo rendering here). The expensive project is a symbol of the country’s growing trend toward a less secular future.

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The Lawfare Podcast: Shadi Hamid on "Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World"

Shadi Hamid is a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Project on US Relations with the Islamic World and the author of the new book Islamic Exceptionalism: How the Struggle Over Islam Is Reshaping the World. This week on the podcast, Shadi sat down with Benjamin Wittes to talk about the book, which examines Islam’s unique relationship with democratic politics and the modern world.

Foreign Policy Essay

Can Being Smarter About Islam Help Muslims Reject Terrorist Appeals? Maybe

Editor's Note: There is a popular misconception that the serious study of Islam is a step on the road toward radicalization and terrorism. Christine Fair, Jacob Goldstein, and Ali Hamza (all of whom I'm proud to say share my Georgetown University universe) come up with a heartening finding for those of us who believe knowledge is good: that those who know more about Islam are more resistant to extremist appeals.


Foreign Policy Essay

Fall of the Brotherhood, Rise of the Salafis

Editor's Note: The 2013 coup in Egypt did not, as the story so often goes in the West, lead to the end of the Islamist role in Egyptian politics. Rather, it led the new regime to crack down on the Muslim Brotherhood but accommodate a Salafi role in politics. Indeed, throughout the Middle East the Salafis have emerged as a potent political force, represented not only by radical groups like the Islamic State but also by a range of peaceful political and social organizations.

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