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Caliphate

The Allure of ISIL's Caliphate

Philip Seib | Posted 07.22.2015 | World
Philip Seib

Exposing the true ISIL first requires debunking the caliphate-building message. That can best be done by taking it on directly.

Is ISIS More Or Less Powerful Than A Year Ago?

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 07.01.2015 | World

Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we speak with Charles Lister, visiting fe...

This Timeline Shows The Lightning Rise Of ISIS

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred, Eline Gordts, Alexandra Ma | Posted 06.30.2015 | World

It's been exactly one year since the extremist group known as ISIS changed its name to "Islamic State" and declared a caliphate in parts of Syria and ...

The Massive Cost Of Fighting ISIS

Vocativ | An Phung | Posted 06.29.2015 | World

It's been a year since ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a newly-found Caliphate and named himself Caliph from the Iraqi city of Mosul. Since ...

The Caliphate Of Fear

AP | Posted 06.19.2015 | World

ESKI MOSUL, Iraq (AP) — Inside the Islamic State's realm, the paper testifying that you have "repented" from your heretical past must be carried at ...

The Said El Djezairi Memoirs: A Must Read for ISIS and Its Caliph

Sami Moubayed | Posted 06.08.2015 | Books
Sami Moubayed

Emir Said goes into great detail on how a caliph-led Islamic State should look like. He actively engaged with Syrian intellectuals about terms like the "Islamic State and its Caliph."

Follies of Denial: Women and the Islamic State

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Women are the most vulnerable targets of the Islamic State (IS), which has enslaved and brutalized women who don't meet their jihadi standards, and even introduced female police squads to monitor and persecute their own sex.

Heeding the Call to Join the Caliphate

Harris Zafar | Posted 05.22.2015 | Religion
Harris Zafar

I find much comfort within the shade of the Khilafat. But I am among those who know -- through study and experience -- what caliphate truly means and has the power to do.

A Coup in ISIL-stan?

Sami Moubayed | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Sami Moubayed

There are many things in life that Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi doesn't like. For starters, he doesn't like to be called "Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi." His official name is Caliph Ibrahim. "Abu ِBaker al-Baghdadi" was his nom de guerre, used during his underground years in Iraq.

ISIS Declares War on Mohammad's Covenant

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.30.2015 | Religion
Azeem Ibrahim

Back when ISIS was still expanding into the multi-ethnic and religiously diverse northern Iraq, not just Yazidis but also the country's 1 million Christians were some of their main targets. They were asked to either convert or leave, otherwise they would be killed.

ISIS Continues to Rise

Mike Smith | Posted 05.23.2015 | World
Mike Smith

ISIS Continues to Rise

New Pressures on the UN Security Council to Lift Its Arms Embargo on Libya

Joseph Braude | Posted 05.07.2015 | World
Joseph Braude

Pressures mounted on the United Nations Security Council yesterday to lift its international embargo on arms to the Libyan government. In an interview with journalist Valerio Robecco, Libyan UN ambassador Ibrahim Dabbashi said, "A time limit should be set for militias to leave the capital and a government of national united needs to be formed.

'A Letter To Young Muslim Girls' Considering Joining ISIS

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.03.2015 | Religion

The Islamic State has run a slick media campaign to lure young recruits to its ranks -- and the strategy has attracted women as well as men. On Feb...

Terrorist Attacks Hurt Muslims and Islam More Than Anyone Else!

Marwa Azab | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Marwa Azab

The consequences of such attacks are disturbing to all. But, as a Muslim, this means, more intentional random checks by TSA, when traveling. I got randomly selected twice in a row at the same airport on my last business trip.

Islamic State's Message to the World: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Takes No Prisoners

Sheldon Filger | Posted 04.08.2015 | World
Sheldon Filger

With the Islamic State and its elaborate Internet propaganda arm, it is clear that the medium is indeed the message. It conveys the clear message that the armies of al-Baghdadi take no prisoners and display not the slightest compassion or mercy towards those it deems as the "unbelievers."

Bahrain's Daesh Dilemma

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Bahrain must tread carefully. The ruling monarchy finds itself vulnerable to a resilient Shi'ite opposition and a growing current of pro-Daesh elements within the monarchy's political and security structures.

The Trap of Islam's Eternal Conflict

Stanley Weiss | Posted 01.10.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

There are many things the U.S. can do to help degrade and destroy ISIS, as President Obama claims as his goal. But letting ourselves get buried deeper into the middle of this centuries-old sectarian morass should not be one of them.

Ashura In the Shadow of New Terrorism

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 01.03.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Sectarian violence persists in Islam, and discredits the religion of Muhammad, Ali, and Husayn before the world. There is much to ponder, this year, on Ashura.

ISIS Claims To Seize Second Gas Field In Syria

Reuters | Posted 01.02.2015 | World

BEIRUT, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters in Syria said on Monday they had taken control of a gas field in the central province of Homs, the ...

It Is Time for a Kurdish Nation

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 12.13.2014 | World
Stephen Mansfield

If there is a cause that screams its urgency from today's troubled Middle East, it is the cause of Kurdish nationhood.

Why Foreign Fighters Are Joining ISIL

Robert D. Onley | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
Robert D. Onley

The appeal of the Caliph's simple end times narrative forms the foundation of an Islamist movement which is driving men to commit unthinkable acts of murder, genocide and suicide attacks against strangers with different religious beliefs.

Can You Catch It From a Caliph? Ebola, ISIS, and the Politics of Contagion

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Two potent forces power the Ebola and ISIS epidemics that the media are ignoring. They're (1) breakdown of governing authority, and (2) dissolution of "social capital" -- ties of trust and cooperation that empower individuals, families, and others to forge coalitions and tackle common problems at the community level.

ISIS Is Evil, Evil, Evil... So?

Pierre Whalon | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Pierre Whalon

We have justifiable pride in our democracy, but without better understanding of the world today, including our own country, we will decline.

The Key to Defeating ISIS

Qasim Rashid | Posted 11.15.2014 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

ISIS is bad ideology and the best cure for bad ideas are better ideas. The obvious question, therefore, is does a superior version of Islam exist today and if so, where is it?

The U.S. and ISIS

Stephen Zunes | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Stephen Zunes

At the start of classes one year ago, I was having to explain to my students why the United States appeared to be on the verge of going to war against the Syrian government. At the beginning of this semester, exactly one year later, I'm having to explain to my students why the United States may be on the verge of going to war against Syrian rebels.