Islamic extremism

Characteristics of Islamic extremism

Islamic extremism is characterized by a certain diversity between groups; however, there are certain things, which run like common denominators through all these groups. These common characteristics are mainly based on theological orientation, political or social objectives and others. Some of these general characteristics are common to most of the extremist groups. A strictly literal…

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Challenges linked to Islamic extremism

Security. After the 11 September bombing of the Twin Towers, the world has become extra security conscious. This can be noted in airports, train stations and other places. Security has become an issue in countries which have armed Islamic extremist groups. Such is the case for Kenya, Uganda, Egypt, Nigeria and others. Even in countries…

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Diversity of extremist movements

Islamic extremism shows many faces as represented by the many and different groups of extremist orientation. The diversity of extremist groups can be understood by basing the division mainly on their ideological orientation and political or geopolitical goals. Ideological/theological orientation. Islamic extremism is not a monolithic reality. Different theological orientations have given different theological motivations.…

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Islamic Extremism. Between Fear and Terror

The latest terrorist attacks in Paris and in Bamako (Mali) have drawn, once again, the attention on Islamic extremist groups. They have spread death across the Middle East, Africa and now at the heart of Europe. We look at the phenomenon:  causes, characteristics, diversity and challenges.  Al-Qaeda, Abu Sayyaf, Boko Haram, Al-Shabab, ISIS, Khorasan, Al-Nusra,…

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Money as a mission.

St. Basil the Great, in the 4th century would call money ‘the devil’s dung,’  an epithet reused by Pope Francis last year. Oscar Wilde said…

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The Hare, the Hippo and the Fire.

The hare and the hippo were great friends. They walked together in the veld and visited each other in their homes. The hippo was very proud…

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Youth & Mission

The Virus of Racism.

The world is seeing once again the upsurge of a vicious “virus” that has spread to every corner of the world. This time, the “virus” is…

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