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Islamic Fundamentalism

Tribute to the Victims of the Orlando Shooting

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 06.16.2016 | Chicago
Stan Chu Ilo

The deaths of these innocent brothers and sisters at Pulse Night club in Orlando is not only horrible but despicable. My heart bleeds in pain. All men and women of goodwill in the US and throughout the world are rightly appalled at this unmitigated tragedy.

Confusing Jihadism With Internationalism

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 02.12.2016 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

I return here to Jean Birnbaum's book, Un silence religieux, which raises a thorny issue and advances debate by highlighting our systematic underestimation of the spiritual element when analyzing jihadism.

ISIS's Backwards 'Caliphate' Evokes Crusaders Over Caliphs

Michael Shammas | Posted 12.29.2015 | 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.

Report from Turkey: Enjoying the Med Beaches While the Rest of the Mid East Burns

Brian Glyn Williams | Posted 08.19.2016 | World
Brian Glyn Williams

The picture in the Middle East these days is not good. The hybrid terrorist-army known as ISIS has conquered an area in Syria and Iraq that is larger than Britain and have taken the eight million people suffering in their proto-state/"Caliphate" back to the Middle Ages.

Kurds Develop Gender Studies To Face Fundamentalism

Nazand Begikhani | Posted 05.21.2016 | World
Nazand Begikhani

ERBIL - Fighting jihadists and fundamentalism requires not only armory for combat on the battlefields but also civic mechanisms, structures and tools to educate people on women's rights as an intrinsic part of human rights.

What Harry Potter Taught Me About Antisemitism

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 04.28.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

Just like some ultra-right wing Orthodox settlers in Israel can impede progress there, so hateful clerics can shape the culture of Arab communities in Europe. The problem is not lack of jobs or social mobility. It is the hijacking of a religion, and we cannot stop it unless we name it.

Who's Afraid of Islamic Fundamentalism?

Michael Brenner | Posted 04.25.2015 | World
Michael Brenner

Graeme Wood's article in The Atlantic last week charging that ISIL is the natural expression of Islam has created quite a stir. Overwrought and poorly informed in its claim that the roots of violent extremism are in Mohammed and the Koran, and that Bakr al-Baghdadi is a theologian-prophet, it has given a boost to the Islamophobes.

Why Teens Become Terrorists and What Schools Can Do

Alan Singer | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Alan Singer

The West has to find a way to copy and compete with groups like ISIS. It will not be through Common Core. The best way to establish a sense of membership and a sense of purpose for young people is by promoting civic activism, in schools, in communities, in municipalities, and in the broader society.

The Loophole That Denies Fighters Their 72 Virgins

Em & Lo | Posted 04.08.2015 | Arts
Em & Lo

Itai Anghel, an Isreali Jewish news correspondent and filmmaker with the balls the size of pumpkins, recently wandered into Syria and Iraq with a camera and not much else (no helmet, no bullet proof vest) to capture the front lines of the Kurdish fight against ISIS.

Africa's Rising Political Violence

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

It would be nice to be able to say that the threat of Islamic fundamentalism has peaked in Africa, and that the worst is over, but given the current state of affairs that simply is not the case. In all likelihood, the threat will grow -- considerably -- in the years to come.

A Million People in Paris Teach Us What Religion Is Really All About

Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D. | Posted 03.15.2015 | Religion
Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben, Ph.D.

A million people marched in Paris this week. A million men, women and children, Christians, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Hindus, Atheists, and those with no religious label at all, marching simply to demonstrate their ultimate humanity that crosses religious distinctions.

From the Bay to Rural France: French Grief Through American Eyes

Youth Radio -- Youth Media International | Posted 03.14.2015 | San Francisco
Youth Radio -- Youth Media International

In France, as in America, minorities feel at odds in their country that so readily trumpets democracy to the world. January 7 demonstrated that both nations will rally in a heartbeat to defend liberté. Let's see if they can take egalité and fraternité just as seriously.

The Battle for Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Does the situation of present-day Muslim society, marked by crisis, tensions, foreign interventions and political despotism, foster the reformist democratic Islam, or does it promote its violent and theocratic rivals?

ISIS as First U.S.Intifada

Jim Garrison | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Jim Garrison

We have treated Afghanistan and Iraq much the way Israel has treated the West Bank and Gaza, and now, like Israel, we are reaping not peace but deepening conflict.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

This Cleric Thinks ISIS Can Be Defeated With More Religion | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Countering extremist groups like the Islamic State will require “not less religion but more,” according to a prominent Muslim cleric...

Standing With Those Who Fight Fundamentalism

Karima Bennoune | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Karima Bennoune

There is no way to fight jihadist terrorism without undercutting its ideological base. Acknowledging the West's own portion of responsibility in the process of radicalization is critical.

Climate Change and ISIS -- Fighting Multiple Existential Threats

Andrew Winston | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Andrew Winston

The reality is we don't have the luxury of dealing with everything in succession -- as a society, we have to tackle multiple threats simultaneously.

Saudi Arabia's Shallow Promises of Reform -- Raif Badawi Again

Elham Manea | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Elham Manea

The kingdom is stuck with itself; unable to move; unable to reform. Stagnated and paralyzed. It will continue to conduct its double game, promising reform while mainstreaming and exporting ISIS ideology.

Does Islamic State's Brutality Really Have Nothing to Do With Religion?

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Fathima Imra Nazeer

It's time we take our blinders off and started openly talking about the connection between ISIS's brutality and Quranic literalism.

'Muslims Condemning Things' Tumblr Answers A Question That Should Be Obvious

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion

The Islamic State, the militant group formerly known as ISIS, claims that it is restoring the Islamic Caliphate in an attempt to confer greater politi...

Saudi's Top Islamic Leader: Islamic State And Al-Qaeda Are 'Enemy Number One Of Islam'

Reuters | Posted 10.19.2014 | Religion

RIYADH, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheik Abdulaziz Al al-Sheik, the highest religious authority in the country, said on Tuesday t...

An Atheist's (Somewhat) Relaxed View of the Qur'an

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

Objectively, there's no denying that today Islamic extremism poses more of a threat than other types of religious fanaticism. There are complex historical, social, and cultural reasons for this. But this is not a matter of the text of the Qur'an being inherently more susceptible to intolerant interpretations than the Bible.

Muslims Worldwide Fear The Rise Of Islamic Extremism

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion

Though the extremist militant group ISIS has declared a restoration of the Islamic Caliphate and issued a call for all Muslims to pledge their allegia...

The Waning of the Islamic Tide in the Middle East: Just Maybe

Jonathan Adelman | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
Jonathan Adelman

It now seems that the tide may be turning against Islamic fundamentalism in much of the Middle East outside of the Iranian Shiite sphere.

Flexing Saudi Muscles

Allan Topol | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Allan Topol

For the most part, the Saudi monarchy, discrete and secretive, was willing to let their longtime ally, the United States, take the lead in pursuing a Middle East agenda with which the Saudis generally concurred. All of that has changed within the last year.