Middle East/Islam Today Research

By Cameron Beach and Jacob Thacker

Iran's 2009 Elections and the Green Movement

The Elections occurred in Iran and many of the Green Movement protesters are in Tehran. This happened in 12 June, 2009. Mir Hossein Moussavi and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad were the primary contenders in the 2009 Elections. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the election by a high ratio, and this created the Green Movement. The Green Movement is a way of peaceful protest against the outcome of the 2009 Iran Elections. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei endorsed the victory of Ahmadinejad over Mousavi. Ayatollah Khamenei is the Supreme Leader of Iran and is also a Muslim cleric. The Green Movement makes Islam appear unfavorable, as Khamenei, the religious leader, heavily altered the outcome of the elections in a way that many people were unhappy with.

Iraq and Syria-ISIS

In 1999, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was founded. The ISIS controls territory in Iraq and Syria. Abu Ayyab al-Masri created the ISIS. ISIS carries out the beliefs of Al-Sham Islam and they're beliefs about the path to the day of judgement help ISIS predict the West's behavior. ISIS makes Islam appear unfavorably because it is viewed negatively as a terrorist organization. On March 31, 2015 ISIS killed more than 40 in an attack on a Syrian village.


Since late 2011, many terrorist attacks were carried out in Kenya by Al-Shabaab. The terrorist attacks were in response to an operation carried out by the Kenyan and Somalian military which crossed the conflict zone of southern Somalia. Many of the Kenyans who've committed the attacks have recently converted to Islam. On 16 January Islamic fighters shot 5 people dead and injured three others in the city of Garissa. These attacks also make Islam appear unfavorably because many of the terrorists are Muslims.