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by Gregorio Baggiani

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The Islamic revival in Central Asia represents one of the most important historical phenomena of recent decades. After decades of Soviet domination, the rebirth of an Islamic identity in Central Asia constitutes an important repossession of a spiritual identity and heritage by the populations of an area that until 1991 the Cold War had practically cut off from the rest of the world. In the following exclusive article for EPOS WorldView, Gregorio Baggiani discusses the issue of interrelation between politics, energy resources and Islam in Central Asia, pointing out the case of Kazakhstan with its geopolitical implications, economical strategies and "religious links" with its neighbouring countries 



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by Valeria Sforzini (EPOS)

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Bangladesh is constitutionally a secular State but, since the Sixties, the secularist nature of the country has been put in danger by the strong impulses given by the extremist Islamic groups. Although the government should protect the believers of any religion and defend those who express their position against Islam, in the last years too many secularist bloggers and intellectuals that spread messages of religious openness and of gender equality have been killed. A chain of violence and terror is threatening pacific coexistence in Bangladesh and the survival of religious minorities. EPOS’ analyst Valeria Sforzini investigates and discusses the sensitive issues of the “sectarian terror” in Bangladesh in the following article



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by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)

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Bangladesh has a long history of fringe extremist groups. Some of those are a legacy of the war in Afghanistan, in which some Bangladeshis fought; others are byproducts of the Wahhabi influence that Bangladeshi workers in the Persian Gulf brought back when they returned home; still others are ISIS-addicted. The Islamic State is recruiting supporters among that part of the population dissatisfied with the government's handling, and perhaps the attackers in Dhaka were some of them. Whatever its exact nature, however, according to the analysts it seems that terrorism is largely the result of the government’s repression against mainstream dissent



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Understanding the Filipino Jihadist Network

Monday, 11 January 2016 11:15
by Federico Solfrini and Andrea Ursi

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After the recent terrorist attacks occurred last Christmas, the jihadist threat in the Philippines is probably higher than ever. The Islamic State seems to expand its influence throughout the Filipino jihadist galaxy. However, it is more likely that the allegiance to the Islamic State pledged by many radical groups is technically an opportunistic path rather than an act of faith. In the following exclusive article Federico Solfrini, an MA student in Economics and Institutions in Islamic Countries at LUISS Guido Carli University, and Andrea Ursi, a researcher on jihadism and on the jihadist groups in the Middle East, Europe and Southeast Asia, analyse the origin, the raise and the fragmentation, the so-called feudalism, of the jihadist radicalism in the Philippines, giving EPOS' readers a deep and complete view of the issue



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by Lorenzo Giuseppe Siggillino (EPOS)

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Under Yusuf's leadership, the terroristic attacks of Boko Haram were sporadic and mainly directed against local authorities. The group wanted to destabilize Nigeria and create an Islamic State. Aboubakar Shekau led the organization through a new course, characterized by the attempt to gain visibility and shock the global public opinion in order to diffuse terror and the "jihad". What has been the evolution of Boko Haram in the last years? Who is Aboubakar Shekau and what did he do? What is the current modus operandi of Boko Haram? What is the future of this militant Islamist group? EPOS's new analyst Lorenzo Sigillino answers these and other questions in the following article, which is the second part of an EPOS exclusive analysis on Boko Haram



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by Lorenzo Giuseppe Siggillino (EPOS)

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In 1960 Nigeria became a unique independent political entity, bringing together people with different cultures, religions and traditional backgrounds. In the North, poverty, marginalisation and weak feelings of national belonging have generated conditions for resentment, expressed by the population through the factor that had characterized their history: Islam. The following article is the first part of an exclusive analysis on Boko Haram realized by EPOS' new analyst Lorenzo Giuseppe Siggillino, Master's Degree in International Relations, Master of Arts in Economies and Institutions of the Islamic Countries, and researcher about security, ethnic and religious conflicts



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Epos converses with Idrees Mohammed

by Nicolamaria Coppola (EPOS)
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Idrees Mohammed is an expert in International Relations and Kurdish affairs. His MA thesis was on Turkey's policy towards Kurdistan Region. He is now focusing on Turkey's policy towards Kurds, including Syria's Kurdish. He teaches International Relations in University of Duhok’s department of Political Science. In this exclusive interview for EPOS, Idrees Mohammed talks about what is happening in Mosul, focusing on the Kurdish approach to the crisis, and investigating on the role and the reactions of Iraq's neighbouring countries on the takeover of Mosul by ISIS

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by Nicolamaria Coppola

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Boxo Haram is an extremist Islamic movement sects in the north of the African country, whose aim is to establish Sharia law in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. The group carried out its first terroristic attack in Borno in January 2011, and the violence has daily escalated in terms of both frequency and intensity. What is Boko Haram? Why does it act in this way? What is the importance of negotiation to find a solution in a divided-Nigeria?


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