Paul Marshall Articles


Among the Believers

A century-old mass organization cultivates an adaptable Islam.
Sep 14, 2015

Jombang, Indonesia
The 50-mile route from Sura-baya airport to this East Java city was lined with tens of thousands of banners wishing peace and success to Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), the world’s largest Muslim organization, as participants gathered in August for its latest five-year congress.

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The War on Christians

From Africa, to Asia, to the Middle East, they’re the world’s most persecuted religious group
Jun 23, 2014

For at least three reasons, the contemporary persecution of Christians demands attention: It is occurring on a massive scale, it is underreported, and in many parts of the world it is rapidly growing.

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Deadly Diversity

Nigeria’s Islamist war on Christianity.
Mar 19, 2012

In Nigeria, thousands of people have been killed in recent months, and tens of thousands in the last decade. It is a fissiparous country whose conflicts have been exacerbated by the increased influence of radical Islam​—​beginning with attempts to apply Islamic law, then the growth of militias, and now the depredations of the vicious al Qaeda-linked Boko Haram movement.

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Egypt’s Other Extremists

While the Muslim Brotherhood gets all the ink, the Salafists go on a rampage.
May 16, 2011

Judging the likely trajectory of post-Mubarak Egypt requires assessing the depth of public support for Islamism, and usually this has meant assessing the strength and intentions of the Muslim Brotherhood. While the Brotherhood remains central, however, the country is also facing a frequently violent upsurge of Salafist versions of Islam.

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