News and Analysis (8/3/12)

Our previous research is confirmed by a new study on the rhetoric of Islamic extremists that recommends that “western leaders abandon claims that Islamists seek world domination and focus instead on addressing the grievances the groups use:

Al-Azhar successfully pushes back against an alleged attempt to appoint a Wahabi-style “Salafi” as the new minister of religious endowments:

“[N[onproliferation experts and Middle East analysts are skeptical of Israeli claims that the Tehran regime is so close to building a nuclear weapon that time is running out for a peaceful resolution of the decades-long standoff”:

China is discouraging some Muslims in the far western region of Xinjiang from fasting during Ramadan. The government says the move is motivated by health concerns, but others said Friday that it’s a risky campaign to secularize the Muslim minority:

“The king’s bold moves spared Morocco the turmoil and instability many other countries are experiencing,” but do Moroccans “believe that a significant process of reform … has stalled and [will they] choose to take matters into their own hands”:

“The exaggerated version of truth about violence in Myanmar propagated by religious groups in Pakistan to recruit and fund their own agendas”:

Islam at the Olympics:

The resignation of Kofi Annan … emphatically confirmed what events on the ground had already been making clear: The country’s fate is far more likely to be decided by force than by negotiations”:

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