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WHAT'S NEXT?: Huge growth is expected over the next several decades as the world's Muslim population grows faster than every other major religious demographic, and as urbanization and rising incomes in developing countries with large Muslim populations mean more will be buying, rather than producing their own food.

  • [New] The risk of Iran acquiring nuclear weapons should overrule most other concerns of the U.S. regarding the Islamic Republic and its policies. Russian Council
  • [New] Since the strategy pushing Iran to drop some of its demands is apparently not working, agreeing to some symbolic, although politically painful concessions, might be the only way for the U.S. to make sure the Islamic Republic does not acquire a nuclear weapon. Russian Council
  • [New] The Lebanese resistance movement will continue to stand in solidarity with the Palestinians in their battle to achieve victory and liberation as well as liberation of the holy sites for the Islamic world. Tehran Times
  • A recent study found that over one-third of financial professionals who practice Islamic finance said they expect to see a large increase in the number of Islamic funds that offer ESG and Islamic Shariah compliance over the next two years. Newsweek
  • Many followers of faiths that do not prohibit abortion are aghast that a view held by a minority of Americans could supersede their individual rights and religious beliefs. ABC News
  • The joint circular also created by BSP and other government agencies is a signal to the rest of the world that SSB will put in place the necessary infrastructure to accommodate an expanded Islamic banking and finance ecosystem. Manila Bulletin
  • Turkey's support for popular movements linked to the Muslim Brotherhood initially spurred the break with Arab governments that saw their vision of political Islam as a threat. Al Jazeera
  • Religion, identity, and fears about gender all motivate militants to join groups as seemingly disparate as the Islamic State and Atomwaffen Division or the Nordic Resistance Movement, for example. The Century Foundation
  • Moscow could shift its view a bit and encourage the Islamic Republic to have more freedom of action in parts of Syria. Middle East Forum
  • President Biden will not give in to Iran's demand that the U.S. remove Tehran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from the State Department list of terrorist organizations as a condition for a nuclear deal. WSJ
  • The Islamic State sees fertile opportunity in Central Asia and has placed an increased focus on appealing to ethnic Tajiks and criticizing Tajikistan's government. The Diplomat
  • ISI could declare an Islamic State through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria. CovertAction Magazine
  • The Austrian government agency is well-known for using the label of 'political Islam' to justify an indiscriminate crackdown on any Muslim who might be critical of the Austrian government and the challenges of Islamophobia. Byline Times
  • The United States is committed to supporting the ability of all Afghans, including members of religious minority groups, to practice their religion freely, without fear of violence against them. United States Department of State
  • Asylum is for Ukrainians who have been persecuted or demonstrate reasonable fear of persecution on account of their nationality, race, religion, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. JD Supra
  • The series of attacks this week stoked fears that factional violence is far from over in Afghanistan, as the insurgents-turned-rulers face a reinvigorated threat from the Islamic State and, perhaps, other militant cells. The New York Times
  • A China-backed crew is said to be running a global espionage campaign against governments, religious groups, and non-governmental organizations by, in some cases, possibly exploiting a vulnerability in Microsoft Exchange servers. The Register
  • To qualify for asylum in the United States, applicants must establish that they have a well-founded fear of persecution on account of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion or membership in a particular social group. The New York Times
  • The threats against Israel are not new, and Israel is not at the center of ISIS's attention but is targeted alongside ISIS's struggle against the Crusader West and the tyrants of the Islamic countries (the leaders of the Arab countries). The Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center

Last updated: 23 May 2022