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