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Islamic Radicalism

Time for FBI to Stop Spying on American Muslims

Wajahat Ali | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wajahat Ali

The recent arrest of the potential Christmas tree bomber is reflective of the FBI's myopic strategy of using glitzy, expensive sting operations and dubious confidential informants to further erode Muslim American relations.

Derision Point: How Bush Can Rehabilitate His Image

Adam Chandler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Adam Chandler

If President Bush re-appeared to promote his book, he didn't make a good case for its sales. I can't help but wonder what, if anything, Bush could do to salvage the way most Americans view him at this point.

The Biggest Lies About Islam

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Azeem Ibrahim

I spend a lot of time in the US, and it is striking how pundits and columnists repeatedly get away with making claims about Muslims and Islam which fuel mistrust between Muslim countries and the West.

The Lesson of Roshonara Choudhry's Radicalization

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Last spring, a young girl tried to murder a member of parliament. Her inspiration? A man that is to Islam what Terry Jones is to Christianity. It's a valuable lesson about how we can prevent radical Islamic violence.

Islamic Garb in America : Fear and Joy for You, and Juan Williams Too

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Terry Kelhawk

Has anyone ever said to a Muslim, "Welcome to America ?" Try replacing fear with friendship. Ask questions and show true respect. Then you can explain American values, how we got them, and why we want to keep America free.

Israel's Democracy Rings Hollow as IDF Continues to Humiliate Palestinian Detainees

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

It only took a few hours for the video showing an Israeli soldier belly-dancing around a Palestinian detainee who was bound and blindfolded to become headline news all around the Middle East last Tuesday morning.

The Psychology of Religion: Why Are Some of Us Attracted to It?

Michelle Roya Rad | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Michelle Roya Rad

The psychology of religion is a much needed area of research and study. Why? And if we need it, why do some feel anxiously attached to it while others completely detach and avoid it?

UK Law Should Recognize That Terrorists Aren't Just Criminals, They're Traitors

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

A terrorist is not the same as someone trying to cause physical damage who does not know why. They are seeking very specifically to rupture British security as a nation.

The Biggest Argument Against Staying in Afghanistan: Somalia

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Terrorists don't just train in Afghanistan. They train in other places, places where we have no troops, and where we have no plans to send any. The message is clear: Terrorism moves.

Lessons from Both Sides of the Atlantic on Tackling Islamic Radicalization

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Scholars have built up an impressive array of research into how radicalization works in practice on the streets; it normally happens in four distinct stages and often results from lack of Islamic education.

Obama, Islam, and a Clash of Theologies

Ivan Petrella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ivan Petrella

While there's no battle between Islam and the West, there is a battle within Islam: a conflict between violent-fanatic understandings of Islam and a broader spectrum of Muslim worldviews over how the religion gets defined.

Egyptian Group Seeks to Ban One Thousand and One Arabian Nights

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Firas Al-Atraqchi

In the latest effort to censor texts considered to be "offensive to the public good", an Egyptian NGO is attempting to ban the popular book One Thousand and One Arabian Nights.

Promiscuous Women Cause Earthquakes!

Mark Morford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Mark Morford

Behold! A fresh danger prowls the land, a grand and treacherous question disguised as a quandary wrapped in a predicament slathered in body oil and leather cuffs and Cosabella thongs. Behold!

Lessons to Learn From the Failures of Britain's Attempt to Engage Muslims

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Azeem Ibrahim

Community engagement in the UK has thus far been flawed. But it is important to put the program's failures in context. At least the UK is trying. The US would do well to take a page from its book.

Obama Tries To Change Terrorism Rhetoric, Remove Terms Like 'Islamic Radicalism' From National Security Document

AP | MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Less talk about "Islamic radicalism" and a lot more about doing business. In the year since President Barack Obama pledged a new be...

"1001 Inventions": How Islamic Scientific History Can Combat Today's Extremists

Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi

"1001 Inventions: Discover the Muslim Heritage in Our World," an exhibition on display at London's Science Museum, allows children to see the great deeds and creations of Muslims who dared to dream.

Invitation to a Beheading: South Waziristan Park on Steroids

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

If we blinker our focus to cartoons on cable we will pose no obstacle to the endless anonymous, slow execution of Islam at the hands of a thousand unrecorded decapitations.

The Dangers of Religious Passion

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Those who would manipulate the masses to their own advantage invariably draw on the power of passion. And for most of history, and never more than now, religion is the passion of choice.

The Propaganda of 'Holy Warriors'

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

Propaganda of modern-day myths depicting angels fighting alongside "holy warriors" is being used to indoctrinate a minority of young disenfranchised Muslims with flights of fantasy and the glories of jihad.

A Successful Way to Prevent Future Terrorist Attacks

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Azeem Ibrahim

I believe the answer is to expose potential extremists with an authentic understanding of Islamic scholarship. The fact that the majority of them haven't undergone this process reinforces the point.

Somalia: Islamist Whip Women For Wearing Bras

Reuters | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - Somalia's hardline Islamist group al Shabaab has publicly whipped women for wearing bras they say violate Islam by constituting ...

Peace In Arabic

David Suissa | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Suissa

His words didn't smell like propaganda or activism. He spoke for moderate Palestinians like himself, and he spoke from his heart, not from talking points.

Radicalism 101: The Airplane Plotter and the Thin Line Between Dissent and Terrorism

Brian Levin, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Brian Levin, J.D.

While London's bookstores, mosques and universities have been critical refuges for dissenting youths, they have also been places where suicide bombings have been glorified, excused and celebrated.

Malaysia's Government Goes Islamic: Commentary

RealClearWorld | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In Malaysia's current political climate, it is no longer possible to distinguish Islamic radicals from Islamic moderates. Despite official boasting ab...

Muslim Youth Radicalization or Politically Correct Islamophobia?

Reem Salahi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reem Salahi

The discourse on radicalization and homegrown terrorism is fundamentally racist and Islamophobic. It is based on seeing Muslims as the "other" and viewing our actions through an "orientalist" lens.