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If Trump Wants To Win In The Muslim World, He Needs To Know This History

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 03.08.2017 | World
Akbar Ahmed

U.S. President Donald Trump has emphasized that a central focus of his administration will be to wipe the so-called Islamic State “from the face of ...

Trumpus Andronicus? What the Byzantine Empire can tell us about the rise of populist leaders

The Conversation Global | Posted 01.17.2017 | Politics
The Conversation Global

Trumpus Andronicus? What the Byzantine Empire can tell us about the rise of populist leaders Maximilian Lau, Hitotsubashi University The approaching...

In This Artist's Work, Marionettes Enact the Brutal History of the Crusades

MutualArt | Posted 11.28.2016 | Arts

Installation view, Wael Shawky: Al Araba Al Madfuna, Fondazione Merz. Courtesy Fondazione Merz. Photo: Andrea Guermani. Puppetry, Performance and Play...

Muslims Don't Hate American Values, But Some Americans Do

Kamran Pasha | Posted 11.22.2016 | Religion
Kamran Pasha

In my experience, Americans are good people who are largely unaware of the horrors that have been done to the Muslim community in their name, and if they were aware would not support such actions.

Byzantium or Medieval Greece?

Evaggelos Vallianatos | Posted 10.25.2016 | Home
Evaggelos Vallianatos

I received my master's degree in "Byzantine" history and during my studies I never questioned the legitimacy of "Byzantine" in describing or distortin...

Declaring War On Christian War Metaphors

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 10.11.2016 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

I am tired of singing about war in church. Onward Christian Soldiers uses images from the Crusades and why? To stir us emotionally and to get us into action, I suppose. But to act in what way?

Dancing With Arab Mujahedeen In The Hills Of Bosnia

Yehia Ghanem | Posted 07.08.2016 | World
Yehia Ghanem

Aside from the growing negativity towards the US in Afghanistan, its role in Bosnia had also come to be viewed suspiciously. In the autumn of 1994, during my coverage of the war there, I received information from a reliable source that bands of Arab mujahedeen had arrived from Afghanistan seven months before.

Life in the Grey Zone

John Feffer | Posted 01.28.2016 | World
John Feffer

A gray zone, according to the Islamic State (ISIS or IS), is a place where Muslims have rejected an "us-versus-them" world of belief and unbelief that puts the caliphate in the right and the "crusader coalition" in the wrong.

When Being Right With God Is Not Enough

Mette Ivie Harrison | Posted 01.26.2017 | Religion
Mette Ivie Harrison

Certainty is not an indicator of righteousness. I suspect it is rather the reverse, that the more certain you are that you are right, the more likely you are to be terribly, terribly wrong.

ISIS's Backwards 'Caliphate' Evokes Crusaders Over Caliphs

Michael Shammas | Posted 12.28.2016 | Religion
Michael Shammas

ISIS is a tragic foil. Despite its presumptuous claim to a "new caliphate," the group -- by punishing trifling deviation from its narrow Sunnism, by elevating theocracy over free thought -- exemplifies a mentality opposite that which fueled the caliphates of Islam's golden age.

What We Can Learn From Saladin

Hasher Nisar | Posted 12.09.2016 | Religion
Hasher Nisar

Saladin offers a window into the rich history and peacefulness of Islam. He is a model of how we should respond in moments of peril and fear. For Saladin, "Victory is changing the hearts of your opponents with gentleness and kindness."

Damascene Sufism: The Antidote to ISIS

Sami Moubayed | Posted 11.24.2016 | World
Sami Moubayed

When the Islamic State stormed the city of al-Mayadeen in the eastern countryside of Deir ez-Zour along the Euphrates River, they struck with particular vengeance at the homes of Syrian Sufis. Members of the Sufi order were arrested; their clerics were flogged, their spiritual corners torn down.

Friday Talking Points -- A Knee-Jerk Week

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.20.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Republicans, of course, do the whole fear thing very well. Democrats cannot hope to ever stoke the public's fear as effectively as Republicans. But this week it was on display more than usual, because there are still 14 Republicans running for their party's presidential nomination.

Egyptian Artist Wael Shawky Is Pulling the Strings of Crusade and Jihad at MoMA PS1

G. Roger Denson | Posted 07.10.2016 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

In Wael Shawky's trilogy it's historicism, not history, that is being culled, a deliberate seeing in the past the makings of the present or more recent past.

"Oh, My God:" The Laments of Jesus Echo Throughout All Religions

Bernard Starr | Posted 06.15.2016 | Religion
Bernard Starr

I've always wondered what Jesus would have said about acts perpetrated in His name. On the one hand, Christians called Jesus the Lamb of God, the Prince of Peace, and the Embodiment of Love.

A Very Brief History of Jews, Christians, and Muslims

Herb Silverman | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Herb Silverman

I'm not interested in trying to decide the best and worst "holy" books because all contain both ridiculous and reasonable passages. Adherents can quote portions to justify loving their neighbor or killing their infidel neighbor.

The Modern Papacy and War

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 06.13.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

These are outrageous deeds that must be stopped. But how should the Vatican state the case against these groups? I believe that it should confine itself to detailing the crimes these organizations are committing.

A Christian Apology to Jewish People at Passover and Easter

Bill Quigley | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Bill Quigley

Our churches must challenge our ignorance, faulty theology and lack of historical knowledge of what our world was like twenty centuries ago in order to radically reorient our religion away from anti-Semitism.

The Crusades Through Arab Eyes (Book Review)

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 04.20.2015 | Home
Ricardo B. Salinas

The goal in enlisting mental health professionals in your divorce is to help you move forward. Remember, there is no shame in asking for help, especially if it will get you to a better place emotionally and spiritually.

Does Obama's 'God Talk' Stand A Chance In A Polarized America?

Religion News Service | Cathy Lynn Grossman | Posted 02.16.2015 | Religion

WASHINGTON (RNS) After taking heat from the religious right for saying Christians and Muslims have all committed horrors in God’s name, President Ob...

The Crusades: Who, What, When, Where

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 04.16.2015 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

Crusades "in general" refer to what are called "holy wars" or "just wars"--military campaigns for the purpose of halting the spread of non-Christian religions, of retaking holy places, or of conquering pagan areas.

Getting Off Our High Horse

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 04.15.2015 | Politics
Richard J. Rosendall

Too many treat greatness not as a responsibility but as an entitlement, an inheritance that was earned for them. They fail to grasp that the struggle for our values is the prize. Take it for granted and it slips away. We will defeat enemies like the Islamic State by learning from our past, not airbrushing it.

Conservatives Shouldn't Unequivocally Defend 'Christian Duty'

Slate | Jamelle Bouie | Posted 02.11.2015 | Black Voices

The cliché is that Americans have a short memory, but since Saturday, a number of us have been arguing over medieval religious wars and whether they ...

President Obama at the Prayer Breakfast

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 04.11.2015 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

The President reminded his listeners about some uncomfortable truths. Great crimes have also been committed in the name of Christ. There were the Crusades and the Spanish Inquisition. These were the great offenses of medieval Christendom.

Breaking Down President Obama's Point About Christian Crusades and Islamic Extremism

Jay Michaelson | Posted 04.09.2015 | Religion
Jay Michaelson

No one is suggesting that Christians are just like the Islamic State. But Obama did suggest that Christianity is like Islam; both faiths have the capacity to be exploited by extremists.