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Ethnic and Religious Hatred Perceived as Top Threat

Oct 20, 2014
People in the Middle East identify religious and ethnic hatred as the greatest threat to the world, according to a recent study by the Pew Research Center.

Survey Finds Little Support for ISIS in Arab Countries

Oct 17, 2014
ISIS has little popular support in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Lebanon, even among Sunnis, according to a new series of polls commissioned by the Washington Institute.

The Role of Women in Tunisian Politics

Oct 16, 2014
Women voters are expected to play an important role in Tunisia’s upcoming presidential and parliamentary elections on October 26.

Report: Tunisian Confidence in Democracy Wanes

Oct 16, 2014
Support for democracy in Tunisia has decreased from 63 percent in 2012 to 48 percent, according to a new survey by the Pew Research Center.

Report: Salafi Political Trends

Oct 15, 2014
Egypt’s Salafis, ultraconservatives whose views often seem at odds with democracy, actually hold a wide range of views on politics, secularism, and human rights, according to a report by Kent Davis-Packard at the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings.

Middle East Countries Respond to IS Threat

Oct 09, 2014
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.

Ghannouchi: Middle East at Crossroads

Sep 29, 2014
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.

Obama on ISIS at United Nations

Sep 24, 2014
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).

Muslims Against ISIS Part 1: Clerics & Scholars

Sep 24, 2014
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.

Muslims Against ISIS Part 2: Islamist Leaders

Sep 24, 2014
Leaders of mainstream Islamist political parties and even the Afghan Taliban and al Qaeda affiliates have denounced the extremist group.

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Overview

The Islamists Are Coming is the first book to survey the rise of Islamist groups in the wake of the Arab Spring.  Often lumped together, the more than 50 Islamist parties with millions of followers now constitute a whole new spectrum—separate from either militants or secular parties.  They will shape the new order in the world’s most volatile region more than any other political bloc. Yet they have diverse goals and different constituencies. Sometimes they are even rivals.

The Islamists Are Coming

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