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Lessons From Islamic History: Ibn Taymiyyah and the Synthesis of Takfir

Khwaja Khusro Tariq | Posted 05.31.2016 | Religion
Khwaja Khusro Tariq

This is the second installment of a three part article tracing the evolution of extremist movements in Islamic history and analyzing their etiology and perpetuating factors.

Saudi Arabia Needs the U.S. More Than the U.S. Needs Saudi Arabia

Doug Bandow | Posted 05.17.2016 | World
Doug Bandow

Despite expressing doubts about America's relationship with Saudi Arabia, President Barack Obama recently flew to Riyadh. Yet again he sought to "reassure" the Saudi royals about U.S. support. In fact, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia raises the question: What are allies for? If the president wants to leave his mark on American foreign policy, he should put distance between America and its most counterproductive partners. Riyadh would be a good place to start. After all, he rightly criticized the Kingdom as among the many "free riders" on U.S. security guarantees. Washington and Saudi Arabia should move to a more normal relationship. There no longer need be the pretense of intimate political friendship.

Iranian Vote Affirms Obama Administration Nuclear Deal

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.22.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Iranians recently voted for a new parliament as well as Assembly of Experts, tasked with choosing the successor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Moderate reformers did well in both bodies, vindicating the Obama administration's decision to try diplomacy after years of confrontation.

On the Anniversary of the Charlie Hebdo Massacre: A State of Intellectual Emergency

Bernard-Henri Lévy | Posted 01.13.2016 | World
Bernard-Henri Lévy

What is enlightenment, who wishes to share it, and how shall we defend it? That was Kant's question, and it is the question of our dark new age.

Tolerance Terrifies Terrorists

Adam Neiman | Posted 01.04.2016 | Politics
Adam Neiman

Tolerance Terrifies Terrorists. It should. Tolerance is what made the West strong. It started with religious tolerance after a couple of exhausting ...

It's Religion

Sen. Fritz Hollings | Posted 12.08.2015 | Politics
Sen. Fritz Hollings

Now is the time to get a commitment from the government in Saudi Arabia and other countries to stop teaching violence against other religions. They can continue to teach religion but not violence against other religions.

Rethinking the Creeds - Do Christians Have to Believe All That Stuff?

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 07.14.2016 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

So powerful was the Christian belief in belief, that in some eras, heresy - incorrect belief - could get you burned at the stake. But now, according to Harvard professor and theologian Harvey Cox, the age-old Christian belief in belief is becoming a thing of the past: the Age of Belief is over.

A Campaign in Saudi Arabia Challenges Young People to Rethink Their Biases

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.13.2016 | World
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Joseph Braude

A three-minute video, posted by a Saudi government-backed organization to YouTube on June 4, has garnered 150,000 views in 48 hours and sparked a discussion in the kingdom about how to stem sectarian conflict.

On Non-Violent Islamic Extremism (3/3)

Elham Manea | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Elham Manea

This project is the responsibility of Muslims themselves. It cannot be imposed from the outside. But it is necessary to tame religion, bring it back to the private sphere, and separate it from politics.

Understanding and Treating the Cancer of Islamic Extremism

Ribal Al-Assad | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
Ribal Al-Assad

Since the dawn of time, the world has witnessed conflict, and since the onset of organized religion, it has played host to sectarian violence. But why is Islamism currently growing so fast, and so widely? The reasons are political and economic.

The Keystone XL Pipeline, Terrorism and Our National Security

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 04.20.2013 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Are we helping to fund a future danger on our northern border, and will the revenues generated by the Keystone Pipeline help to create a condition deeply adversarial to our national security?

Is Spiritual Logic An Oxymoron? What About Sufi Salafism?

Claire Alkouatli | Posted 11.16.2012 | Religion
Claire Alkouatli

When you step into the Prophet Muhammad's mosque in Medina--at the heart of the Islamic world, shoulder to shoulder with people of every ethnicity on earth--the deep subtle brilliant beauty is resounding. Everything is in perfect balance.

Is Atheism The Solution To Religious Persecution In Egypt?

Alexander Goerlach | Posted 12.18.2011 | Religion
Alexander Goerlach

In Europe, Christianity was able to adapt its complex theology and philosophy to modernity before sliding into oblivion. Today, moderate Islamic scholars and Muslim liberals are confronted with the same task.

Protests Return to Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 12.05.2011 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

In Al-Qatif, a large and predominantly Shiite city on the coast of Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province, renewed clashes between police and protesters erupted on Sunday, injuring both local policemen and activists.

Seeking A Commander-In-Chief For True Islam

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 07.06.2011 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

Where is the inspirational leader of peaceful Islam? Someone who can reciprocate to the President's call with "Islam is, and will never be, at war with the United States"?

To Really Address The Roots Of Muslim Radicalization, First Make Sure You Understand It

Azeem Ibrahim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Azeem Ibrahim

Last Saturday, the British Prime Minister David Cameron gave a speech about how the government viewed the future of multiculturalism and Muslim commun...

Bitter Medicine: Islamist Extremism at the Bedside

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Qanta Ahmed, MD

While we soothe ourselves chasing elusive phantoms in the hurt-lockers of the Hindu Kush, battle lines are being redrawn in the Detol-scented hospital corridors of privileged Western Europe.

Shrine Bombings Remind Us: Muslims are the Victims of Terrorism

Yursil Kidwai | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yursil Kidwai

Islamophobes have forgotten these historical facts and blame Muslims for an ideology which Muslims fought back against, and defeated. This is not fair, at best.

Wither the Clash of Civilizations?...Not Just Yet

Derek Henry Flood | Posted 06.29.2011 | World
Derek Henry Flood

I visited a mosque in Abu Dhabi, the oil soaked capital of the United Arab Emirates today with a friend of mine who lives and works here. I'm in the U...

Dr. Tiller, Murder, Domestic Terrorism and the Republican Right

Frank Schaeffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frank Schaeffer

The leaderless Republican Party -- or should I say the dwindling rabble of know-nothing reactionaries who still identify themselves as Republicans -- is not just politically leaderless, they are also morally leaderless.

US Foreign Policy in the Middle East: Thoughts for Change

Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld and B. Wayne Quist | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Rachel Ehrenfeld and B. Wayne Quist

The Saudis are increasingly turning to Russia and China as their new oil and gas partners, dumping longstanding relationships with once-favored American oil companies.