Islam

Uighur men make their way past a subway entrance after marking the end of Ramadan at the Id Kah mosque in Kashgar, in China's western Xinjiang region early on June 5.

U.S. Terrorism Policy Paved the Way for China’s Repression

U.S.-favored policies in Central Asia must be rolled back to help save the Uighur people.

Indian government forces stand guard in the deserted city center of Srinagar on Aug. 15.

New Delhi’s Demographic Designs in Kashmir

Hindu nationalists have long wanted to reshape the region. Now they are getting their chance.

U.S. soldiers arrive at Saudi Arabia's Dhahran air base in 1991.

Did Mohammed bin Salman Just Give Jihadis the World’s Greatest Terrorist Recruiting Tool?

Anger at the presence of U.S. troops on sacred Saudi soil led Osama bin Laden to found al Qaeda and wage jihad on the West. The crown prince’s decision to welcome them back could light the fuse again.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after an official welcoming ceremony in Beijing on July 2.

Muslim Leaders Are Betraying the Uighurs

The Trump administration has done more for the millions in camps than any Islamic leader.

Muslim worshippers walk around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Mecca on Aug. 17, 2018.

Mohammed bin Salman Is Making Muslims Boycott Mecca

The Saudi crown prince’s regional aggression and disdain for human rights have prompted religious scholars and pious pilgrims to refuse to go on the hajj. 

Aung San Suu Kyi with Viktor Orban in Budapest on June 5.

Orban and Aung San Suu Kyi Gave in to Hate the Same Way

The two Oxford-educated leaders once preached liberal values—but found bigotry more convenient.

A Saudi fan holds a scarf with portraits of King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, during a friendly football match between Saudi Arabia and Iraq for the "Superclassico" championship at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh on Oct. 15, 2018.

Mohammed bin Salman’s Fake Anti-Extremist Campaign

The Saudi crown prince vowed to crack down on radical clerics—but the victims have mostly been advocates for moderate Islam.

Sri Lankan protesters hold placards at a demonstration in Colombo on May 21, 2019.

Sri Lanka’s Veil Ban Is Fueling Hate

Muslim women obeying new rules are still being assaulted and harassed.

People gather near a damaged shop after a mob attack in Minuwangoda on May 14, 2019, north of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo.

Buddhist Anger Could Tear Sri Lanka Apart

Old hatreds are coming out in the aftermath of the Easter bombings.

Crimean Tatars light candles during a memorial ceremony in Kiev on May 18, 2016, in commemoration of the 72nd anniversary of the deportation of the indigenous population of Crimea by the Soviet Union.

Who Will Speak for the Tatars?

When Russia seized Crimea in 2014, a crackdown on the Muslim minority ensued.

A Sri Lankan soldier stands guard outside St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on May 5, two weeks after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels killed 257 people.

The Global War on Terrorism Has Failed. Here’s How to Win.

Targeting terrorists and their networks brings only temporary success—but the long-term strategy needs to focus on discrediting the ideologies that attract attackers.

A crescent moon is seen over St Anthony's church after it was partially opened for the first time since the Easter Sunday attacks in Colombo on May 7, 2019.

ISIS’s Church Attacks Break Mohammed’s Own Pledges

Assaults on Christian sites show terrorists are apostates as well as murderers.

Farah Pandith on April 6, 2016.  (Jemal Countess/Getty Images/Foreign Policy illustration)

How to Defeat Political and Religious Extremism

On the podcast: A former State Department official who led the outreach to the Muslim world after the 9/11 attacks.

A reflection on the Miljacka river of a pedestrian walking past a mosque in Sarajevo on Oct. 6, 2018. (Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images)

The Balkans Are the World Capital of Islamophobia

The region’s genocidal wars are over—but bigots from across the West still flock there for inspiration.

Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman is seen behind a military band upon his arrival in Algiers, Algeria on Dec. 2, 2018. (Ryad Kramdi/AFP/Getty Images)

Arab Regimes Are the World’s Most Powerful Islamophobes

Middle Eastern governments have forged alliances with right-wing groups in the West dedicated to anti-Islam bigotry.

U.S. teleevangelist John Hagee attends a Christian United For Israel summit in Jerusalem, on March 8, 2010. (Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images)

America’s Islamophobia Is Forged at the Pulpit

White evangelicals’ apocalyptic fantasies are driving U.S. policy.

Quotes from the Quran decorate the walls outside the mosque in Mamichang village in Yunnan province, China, on Jan. 4. (Li Yuwei for Foreign Policy)

Love Allah, Love China

Chinese Muslims are struggling to follow their faith amid a growing crackdown.

People lay flowers and notes to pay tribute to those killed in a shooting the day before at Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 16. (Recep Sakar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Christchurch Has Seen Trauma Before—Just Not Like This

The quiet New Zealand city has endured natural disaster. But until March 15, it had never faced an unnatural one.

Norwegian mass murder Anders Behring Breivik makes a Nazi salute before his appeal hearing at a court at the Telemark prison in Skien, Norway, on Jan. 10, 2017.

The Dark Web Enabled the Christchurch Killer

The attack in New Zealand was inspired in part by the Norwegian mass murderer Anders Behring Breivik, but the real threat is lone wolves lurking in the far corners of the Internet.

Mourners gather outside the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia after a 28-year-old Australian-born man, Brenton Tarrant, appeared in Christchurch District Court on Saturday charged with murder for killing 49 people at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. The attack is the worst mass shooting in New Zealand's history.

The Inspiration for Terrorism in New Zealand Came From France

The gunman who massacred Muslims was inspired by ideas that have circulated for decades on the French far-right.

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