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Don't Fear (All) Salafi Muslims

Matthew D. Taylor | Posted 01.22.2016 | Religion
Matthew D. Taylor

I've got some good news for you, General Public: You don't need to be afraid of your Salafi neighbors. Sure, ISIS is scary (that's their goal), and al Qaeda is violent and intently inhumane, but we don't need to paint all Salafis with that broad jihadi brush.

Saudi Arabia Is More Dangerous as a Frenemy than Iran is as an Adversary

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.18.2016 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Riyadh, America's nominal ally, has demonstrated that it is the more reckless of the two states, by executing an important Shia cleric and severing diplomatic relations with Iran.

Saudi Arabia's Shrewd Gamble

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.14.2016 | World
Daniel Wagner

The government of Saudi Arabia has been roundly criticized for its brazen attempt to retain oil market share while driving the price of oil into the ground, its beheading of the Shi'ia cleric Nimr al-Nimr, and its war in Yemen.

Despite Saudi Women's Historical Vote, Saudi Arabia Still Opposed to Democracy

David Oualaalou | Posted 12.31.2015 | Politics
David Oualaalou

True, more than 80 percent of Saudi women showed up at the polls on Dec. 12. But anyone assuming the kingdom is at long last liberating its women is deceived.

Saudi Arabia's Anti-Terror 'Coalition' Is a House of Cards

Daniel Wagner | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

Given the conflicting interests and lack of military experience on the part of the coalition's members, there is ample reason to conclude that this alliance lacks substance.

Muslim Scholars and Autocrats (Part I)

Usaama al-Azami | Posted 12.28.2015 | World
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 12.17.2015 | 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.

It's Time for Washington to Get Out of Bed With the Wahhabists Saudis

Sharon Premoli | Posted 12.10.2015 | Politics
Sharon Premoli

Terrorism will never be defeated if it continues to be supported by Wahhabists who speak with forked tongue and who share absolutely nothing in common with us. They and their American enablers are the problem.

America's Response to Mass Shootings Is Always Insufficient

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 12.04.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

It is time for the world's governments, Muslim as well as non-Muslim, to examine the problems within Islam soberly and seriously, and to move beyond symbolic gestures, whether psychological or military.

The New Paris Horror and the Putin Trap

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Russia shields Al-Assad, and although claiming to bomb ISIS, Moscow's jets have targeted moderate opponents of the Al-Assad regime. Acceptance of Putin's strategy is being pressed to other members of the worldwide anti-ISIS coalition.

Does Islam Scare You? If So, Here's Why

Barbara Falconer Newhall | Posted 09.16.2015 | Religion
Barbara Falconer Newhall

Does Islam scare you? Does it feel like an aggressive religion is trying to take over the world, subjugate women, persecute the LGBT community, and cut off your hand if you're caught stealing? Well, you've got good reason to be scared -- but not of Islam.

Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia, and Their Gift to Yale

Omer Aziz | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Omer Aziz

The first thing you need to know about Saudi Arabia is that it is not a country but a financial and religious empire with a million poisonous tentacles stretching across both the West and the Muslim world.

The Crimes at Palmyra

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 09.03.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

The world, and especially moderate, traditional, spiritual, conventional and even conservative -- but few radical -- Muslims have watched in dismay as the spurious "Islamic State" (ISIS) has undertaken the systematic destruction of the pre-Islamic monuments at Palmyra in Syria.

What the Arab World Can Learn from Oman

Giorgio Cafiero | Posted 09.03.2015 | World
Giorgio Cafiero

Whereas some political and religious leaders in a number of Arab states have played off sectarian hatred to urge their countries' youth to fight in Iraq and Syria, such rhetoric has virtually no appeal among Omanis who are not indoctrinated with the intolerant teachings of Wahhabism.

Robert Conquest, Stalinism, and the Soviet Muslims

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 08.11.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

On August 3, the Anglo-American poet and historian Robert Conquest died in California at 98. According to The Daily Telegraph in London, Conquest's father Roger was an American from Virginia, while his mother Rosamund was English, and Robert was born in the West Midlands of England.

The Writings of Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 07.08.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

In 2012, Raif Badawi, a blogger in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) who is now 31, was arrested in his native land and charged with offenses ranging from parental disobedience to cyber-crime and apostasy from Islam.

Pilgrimage to the Land of Salafism

Sepideh Saeedi | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Sepideh Saeedi

Bilateral relations between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have been fraught with hostility, tension and confrontation. I recently had a first hand experience of this situation throughout my pilgrimage trip to Saudi Arabia.

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

Joseph Braude | Posted 06.15.2015 | 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.

Understanding Sufi Spirituality

Liaquat Ali Khan | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Liaquat Ali Khan

In 2012, a militant group wielding crude shovels and pickaxes damaged the ancient Sufi shrines in Timbuktu, Mali. The militant group, known as Ansar Dine (Defenders of Faith), attacked the city's ancient mosques and mausoleums associated with local Sufis, arguing that shrine worshipping is offensive to Shariah.

If Syria and Iraq Become Fractured, So Too Will Tripoli and North Lebanon

Alastair Crooke | Posted 06.01.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- Saudi Arabia and its allies effectively wanted to inject hydraulic fracturing fluid (radical Salafists) into eastern Syria in order to fracture the bridge between Iran and its Arab allies. But at what cost?

A Model for Moderate Muslims

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 05.12.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Continuing terrorism by Islamist radicals in the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S has led numerous commentators to argue for solutions that nearly always involve revision of the foundations of the religion, especially the Quran.

Malice in Dallas

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 05.05.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

I am a Muslim Sufi. But I am first an American writer, and for me freedom of expression is undebatable, except when it embodies a direct call to immediate violence against others.

Why ISIS Should Be Called 'Fahish,' or 'Obscene'

Turki al-Faisal | Posted 06.27.2015 | World
Turki al-Faisal

The truth is that the group that attempts to impress the world with the name "Islamic State" is neither Islamic nor a state. The global community would do better to look at this organization and call it by a name that refutes its lies and exposes its true nature.

America Immobilized as Iran-Saudi Arabia Proxy War Turns Bloody

Alastair Crooke | Posted 06.06.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

BEIRUT -- Amidst all this flexing of muscles, America is effectively disempowered by its stand-off policy, but also from its political investment in the war on ISIS, with its many contradictions and tensions.

Zakir Naik, Radical Islamist Video Evangelist

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 05.26.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Which way, then, for the Saudi-Wahhabi partnership? Will the rulers of Riyadh continue to celebrate figures like Zakir Naik, who instill contempt for others, Muslim and non-Muslim, or will they protect their Islamic cultural legacy while embracing new advances in science?