Secularism/Islam

Germany trains its own imams to cut risk of extremism – Independent.ie

At Friday prayers, the area around Berlin’s Sehitlik mosque can seem like a forgotten corner of Istanbul. It’s not just the traditional Ottoman mosque, complete with dome, twin minarets and pierced screens, or the fact that many of the older faithful greet each other in Turkish. Even the sermon, as it crackles over the loudspeakers, …

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How Turkey became a hub for Arab Spring exiles – The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Turkey is home to four million refugees – mostly Syrians – along with Arab activists, journalists and political figures. As a charismatic revolutionary from a scrappy Cairo neighbourhood, Ahmed Hassan was one of the stars of Jehane Noujaim’s 2013 documentary The Square, which followed a group of Egyptian activists as they toppled longtime ruler Hosni …

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West’s Indecision Only Emboldens Erdogan – Newsmax.com

As other crises take center stage for the Trump administration’s national security team, the dangerous ambitions of Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s Turkey have been spreading instability across the Mideast and North Africa (MENA). For years Erdogan made no secret of his intention to restore the Ottoman Empire and become the sultan who will re-establish the Islamic …

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The death of Ayman al-Zawahri and the future of al-Qaida – Brookings Institute

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri may be dead or at least appears to be “completely off the grid,” according to journalist and veteran jihadi-watcher Hassan Hassan. These reports come at the same time as the killing of another very senior al-Qaida leader, Abu Muhammad al-Masri, in Tehran, reportedly by Israeli agents at the behest of the …

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Top US diplomat begins difficult tour of Europe and Middle East – The Irish Excaminer

US secretary of state Mike Pompeo has discussed global challenges with members of a Paris think tank at the start of a seven-country tour of Europe and the Middle East. The top US diplomat’s travels are certain to be awkward since all the nations on his schedule have congratulated president-elect Joe Biden for winning the …

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It Took a Century to Open a Mosque in Athens. Then Came the Pandemic. – New York Times

The first purpose-built Muslim place of worship in the Greek capital since the Ottoman occupation arrived after decades of delay — just in time for a second coronavirus surge. ATHENS — The mosque that took more than a century to open, surviving legal, political and financial challenges, has closed in less than a week, a …

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Pompeo’s Failure to See Erdogan on Turkey Trip Seen as a Snub – Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) — Secretary of State Michael Pompeo won’t meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan or other government leaders when he visits Turkey next week, a highly unusual situation that U.S. officials chalked up to scheduling conflicts and Turkish officials considered an insult. U.S. officials briefing reporters Friday on Pompeo’s 10-day, seven-nation trip said he wants …

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Turkey’s Next Crisis – Institut Montaigne

Turkey has been at the forefront of the international stage these last few weeks, due to its tensions with Greece in the Eastern Mediterranean, its implication in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia in Nagorno-Karabakh, and most recently, due to President Erdogan’s personal attacks on President Macron, after the latter pledged to step up his …

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Grey Wolves Pan-Turkic Extremists Demonstrate in Sweden in Support of Azerbaijan – Sputnik International

Earlier in November, the Grey Wolves were banned in France, as Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said the organisation was responsible for inciting hatred and committing acts of violence. The organisation maintains a pan-Turkic stance, but has been banned in several Turkic countries, including Azerbaijan.

Members of the Grey Wolves, a Turkish Islamist group, have demonstrated in the Swedish city of Malmö. Last week, the group was banned in France amid the nation’s crackdown against Islamist extremism, the newspaper Expressen reported.

Attack on French Consulate Ceremony in Saudi Arabia Wounds at Least 2 – New York Times

PARIS — An explosion wounded at least two people in an attack on a non-Muslim cemetery in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Wednesday during a ceremony organized by the French Consulate for Remembrance Day, French officials said. Nathalie Goulet, a French senator and a member of a parliamentary friendship group between France and Gulf countries, said …

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Macron’s War on Islamists Comes Up Against Erdogan’s Soft Power – Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) — On an industrial estate in the French city of Strasbourg a few miles from the European Parliament, a grand plan to build the continent’s largest mosque is slowly taking shape. The Turkish organization behind the 30 million-euro ($36 million) project says the Eyyub Sultan complex, replete with a dozen domes and minarets and surrounded by conference halls, …

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EU chief Michel calls for creation of European body to train imams – France 24

Vienna (AFP) European Council president Charles Michel said Monday he supported creating a European institute to train imams, as he visited Austria to pay tribute to the victims of last week’s jihadist attack in Vienna. “It is very important to be firm on this. I think, for example, that we should have a debate at …

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