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Saudi Arabia in the Crucible: A Conversation with Abdulrahman Al-Rashed

Joseph Braude | Posted 01.03.2017 | World
Joseph Braude

In recent months, several delegations of American diplomats, elected officials, and Middle East specialists have visited the Saudi capital Riyadh, met...

It's A Global Jihad, Stupid

Raheel Raza | Posted 12.21.2016 | Religion
Raheel Raza

Dr. Zuhdi Jasser, president of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy and a fellow reformist Muslim, has just suggested a new mantra in the fight ag...

Paul vs. James And The Christian Brexit

Robert Orlando | Posted 12.01.2016 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Most casual Christians or even those who rely on their understanding of scripture from the pulpit remain in the dark about Christianity's conflict-ridden pre-history.

Surveying Saudi Arabia's Youthful Majority

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.24.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

A video by Saudi youth seeks to promote scientific reasoning and civil discourse. How do Saudi youth view their country's foreign policies, domestic ...

Winning Back Mosul, Safeguarding Its Infrastructure

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.17.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

Unusual question: What will be the fate of Mosul's telecommunications infrastructure, such as it is, as an anti-ISIS military coalition moves to recla...

An Ideology Of Impurity: How Internal Divisions Within ISIS May Prove To Be Its Undoing

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.04.2016 | World
Joseph Braude

Reports that Iraqi Baathists, Iranian elements, and others have played a role in the workings of ISIS do not appear to be in keeping with the principle of ideological purity on which the Islamic State says it is based.

"ISIS's deadliest weapon is the idea of Heaven"

Ronald Tiersky | Posted 09.21.2016 | World
Ronald Tiersky

The trouble with the idea of Heaven is that for true believers it can justify creating Hell on earth. In a nutshell, that's the story of ISIS.

Triumph Of Terror: Are Successive Attacks Slowly Reducing Us To Societal Apathy?

Nick Fouche | Posted 09.09.2016 | Politics
Nick Fouche

For their sustained frequency alone, today's string of suicide bombings continues to entreat our self-interrogation regarding any prior or contingent social marginalization of the perpetrators.

Preventing Violent Extremism 15 Years After 9/11

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 09.08.2016 | Impact
Benjamin Orbach

In the months after the 9/11 attacks, most Americans felt that the threats we faced from terrorists were limitless. Anything seemed possible if al-Qaeda militants could enter our country, learn to fly airplanes, and then crash commercial flights into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.

Why Trump And The White Supremacist Alt-Right Are Threats To Our National Security

Robert Creamer | Posted 08.25.2016 | Politics
Robert Creamer

Right-wing authoritarian narratives may not be supported by the facts -- but they have a deep emotional appeal to ordinary people looking for someone to blame for their own economic frustration. And that makes those narratives very dangerous.

With mosques under surveillance, IS turns to soccer for recruitment

James Dorsey | Posted 08.18.2016 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey Abu Otaiba, the nom du guerre of a self-taught imam and Islamic State (IS) recruiter in Jordan, uses soccer to attract recruits. ...

The Spirit Of Our Faith Is Not A Corpse: The Theodicy Of Sports Theology

Chris Fici | Posted 08.15.2016 | Sports
Chris Fici

What exactly is the substance of the spirit of our faith? Why do we cling to something as irrational as faith in the face of the rational, visceral reality of so much suffering, corruption, and violence?

PoliticalViolence and Sectarianism in Pakistan

James Dorsey | Posted 08.11.2016 | World
James Dorsey

Pakistan's military commanders gathered this week to assess the impact of the massive bombing in Quetta that killed some 70 people and wiped out a gen...

Press "Spins" DNC Scandal to Divert Attention from Hillary's Offenses: Another Case of Special Treatment

Ambassador Faith Whittlesey | Posted 07.29.2016 | Politics
Ambassador Faith Whittlesey

Getty Images In the wake of the WikiLeaks revelations about the collusion between the Clinton campaign, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) an...

Muslim Religious Leaders Must Step Up In The Fight Against Radical Islam

Stan Chu Ilo | Posted 07.29.2016 | Chicago
Stan Chu Ilo

After the despicable attack in Nice, it can no longer be business as usual. As the French Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, said recently, the Nic...

Turkey's anti-Gulen campaign: Strengthening militants and jihadists

James Dorsey | Posted 07.24.2016 | World
James Dorsey

By James M. Dorsey A Turkish demand that Pakistan close 28 primary and secondary schools associated with controversial, self-exiled Turkish preacher ...

More Afraid of a Drive-By Than ISIS

Andrew Lam | Posted 07.02.2016 | San Francisco
Andrew Lam

SAN FRANCISCO - A friend recently sent a text from Vietnam full of trepidation. In the wake of the Orlando massacre, and with ISIS now threatening San...

Brexit, Trump, and the Dangers of Global 'Jihad'

Ben Railton | Posted 06.24.2016 | Politics
Ben Railton

Benjamin Barber called this trend two decades ago, and we would do well to read and remember his analyses--as well as his call for civic engagement and activism to resist these forces and fight for democracy.

The Right to Bear Harm

Samuel C. Spitale | Posted 06.21.2016 | Crime
Samuel C. Spitale

In 1999 sociologist Barry Glassner published his national bestseller, The Culture of Fear, about the hidden forces that manipulate us in the name of p...

A lurking threat to Western classical music

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 06.13.2016 | World
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Is Western classical music under threat? The genre known as classical, serious, or art music has certainly suffered from being labeled elitist and ina...

An Interview With A Suicide Bomber

Raza Rumi | Posted 06.10.2016 | World
Raza Rumi

What makes one a suicide bomber? Much has been written about it; and researchers continue to offer plausible theories and explanations. Religion is often used as a tool by terrorist organizations in recruiting and in seeking aid from abroad, but is not always the root cause.

Muslims and the Great Jihad

Ayesha Malik | Posted 05.24.2016 | Religion
Ayesha Malik

Has the vast majority of the Muslim polity that does not subscribe to such extremist views got it very, very wrong?

The Double Vision of Blind Faith

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 04.29.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Faith is blind when we believe in something unseen without any or sufficient evidence. Underlying many of our actions is our belief that it will lead ...

The Barbaric Murder of Asad Shah Will Set a Dangerous Precedent, Muslims Need to Condemn Tanveer Ahmad's Statement to Prevent Further Incidents

Atif Rashid | Posted 04.13.2016 | Religion
Atif Rashid

Ahmadiyya Muslim Mosque, Glasgow As the Glasgow community came together in the aftermath of Asad Shah's murder, some elements of the Muslim communi...

Stumping Trump: Can We Coopt Muslim Help To Challenge Our Ancestral Angst?

Nick Fouche | Posted 04.06.2016 | Politics
Nick Fouche

With our former hegemons in precipitous decline I am often reminded of Aesop's inquisitive fox, who visits an old lion one day as he lies enfeebled amidst the cold shadows of his cave. Presumably the story had as much to say to us in the early 1900s with the slow shrinking of the Pax Britannica as it does today as our vexed Pax Americana gradually hits the dust.