Indonesia Potentially Set to Take on China and Claim Leadership of ‘Moderate’ Islam
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Indonesia Potentially Set to Take on China and Claim Leadership of ‘Moderate’ Islam

President Joko Widodo’s recent cabinetreshuffle suggests that Indonesia may adopt a more critical attitudetowards China and reinforce government support for efforts by Nahdlatul Ulama(NU), the world’s largest Muslim movement, to reform Islam and position theSoutheast Asian state as a key player in a battlewith Middle Eastern rivals for the soul of Islam. Mr. Widodo signaled…

Emmanuel Macron’s Cynical Crusade
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Emmanuel Macron’s Cynical Crusade

For four years, French prosecutors strained every sinew to prove that a multinational jihadist conspiracy was behind the attacks on the newspaper Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in Paris. A total of 17 were killed in gun attacks that spread across three days and stunned the nation. This was France’s biggest terrorist trial and yet, despite…

France, Belgium and Austria Move into the Frontline of a Battle for the Soul of Islam
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France, Belgium and Austria Move into the Frontline of a Battle for the Soul of Islam

Punching above its weight, the United Arab Emirates is wielding a combination of religious soft power, commercial and economic sway, and hard power in its bid to counter political Islam in ways that potentially could threaten pillars of Western democracy as well as US and European strategic interests. The UAE’s footprint is visible across the…

UAE and Israeli Settlers Find Common Ground in Jerusalem
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UAE and Israeli Settlers Find Common Ground in Jerusalem

Weakened by Joe Biden’s electoral defeat of US President Donald J. Trump, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu risks being caught between a rock and a hard place as Jordan, the Palestine Authority and the United Arab Emirates manoeuvre for control of what is to Jews the Temple Mount and to Muslims the Haram ash-Sharif, the…