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Religious Authority

Muslim Scholars and Autocrats (Part I)

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 12.23.2016 | Home
Usaama al-Azami

Earlier this month, I wrote a long overdue post about the minority of prominent Muslim scholars who have been systematically co-opted as the religious face of autocracy since the beginning of the Arab Revolutions.

How Not to Disown 'Islamist' Terrorism

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 12.16.2016 | Religion
Usaama al-Azami

While ISIS' pedigree may owe more to Wahhabism than to other historic forms of Sunnism, Muslim scholars need to own up to the fact that their own so-called traditional representatives and institutions are complicit in the extreme repression and mass murder that has contributed to the meteoric rise of ISIS.

Who Speaks For Religion?

Thomas David DuBois | Posted 06.03.2012 | Religion
Thomas David DuBois

There is no shortage of important questions about religion. Lots of people will weigh in on these questions--but who should we actually believe?