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Caliphate

The Trap of Islam's Eternal Conflict

Stanley Weiss | Posted 11.12.2014 | World
Stanley Weiss

There are many things the U.S. can do to help degrade and destroy ISIS, as President Obama claims as his goal. But letting ourselves get buried deeper into the middle of this centuries-old sectarian morass should not be one of them.

Ashura In the Shadow of New Terrorism

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 11.03.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Sectarian violence persists in Islam, and discredits the religion of Muhammad, Ali, and Husayn before the world. There is much to ponder, this year, on Ashura.

ISIS Claims To Seize Second Gas Field In Syria

Reuters | Posted 11.03.2014 | World

BEIRUT, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Islamic State fighters in Syria said on Monday they had taken control of a gas field in the central province of Homs, the ...

It Is Time for a Kurdish Nation

Stephen Mansfield | Posted 10.16.2014 | World
Stephen Mansfield

If there is a cause that screams its urgency from today's troubled Middle East, it is the cause of Kurdish nationhood.

Why Foreign Fighters Are Joining ISIL

Robert D. Onley | Posted 10.14.2014 | World
Robert D. Onley

The appeal of the Caliph's simple end times narrative forms the foundation of an Islamist movement which is driving men to commit unthinkable acts of murder, genocide and suicide attacks against strangers with different religious beliefs.

Can You Catch It From a Caliph? Ebola, ISIS, and the Politics of Contagion

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

Two potent forces power the Ebola and ISIS epidemics that the media are ignoring. They're (1) breakdown of governing authority, and (2) dissolution of "social capital" -- ties of trust and cooperation that empower individuals, families, and others to forge coalitions and tackle common problems at the community level.

ISIS Is Evil, Evil, Evil... So?

Pierre Whalon | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Pierre Whalon

We have justifiable pride in our democracy, but without better understanding of the world today, including our own country, we will decline.

The Key to Defeating ISIS

Qasim Rashid | Posted 11.15.2014 | Religion
Qasim Rashid

ISIS is bad ideology and the best cure for bad ideas are better ideas. The obvious question, therefore, is does a superior version of Islam exist today and if so, where is it?

The U.S. and ISIS

Stephen Zunes | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Stephen Zunes

At the start of classes one year ago, I was having to explain to my students why the United States appeared to be on the verge of going to war against the Syrian government. At the beginning of this semester, exactly one year later, I'm having to explain to my students why the United States may be on the verge of going to war against Syrian rebels.

Rebranding the 'Islamic State'

Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf | Posted 11.05.2014 | Religion
Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf

While these terrorists insist they are governing under Islamic law and are carrying out their atrocities in the name of Allah, they are nothing but thugs and assassins who are desecrating a religion and blaspheming the name of Allah.

Is There a Nonviolent Response to ISIS?

Derek Flood | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Derek Flood

In the case of the Islamic State, the question we need to ask is: What can we do to make things right? What can we do to protect the vulnerable? What can we do to stop the violence?

Colonial Baggage for America in Palestine

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 10.12.2014 | Politics
Salam Al Marayati

The U.S. aimlessly manages the symptoms rather than deal with root causes, which starts with the atrocities against the Palestinian people and extends to support for tyranny throughout the region to maintain the status quo.

The Final Solution Of The Christian Arab Question In The Middle East

Sheldon Filger | Posted 10.07.2014 | World
Sheldon Filger

A horrific fate awaits the Christians in the Arab world, particularly in Iraq and Syria. Yet, the world is silent. The progressive left wing has its own ideological agenda, to which the Christians of the Middle East are irrelevant.

Who'll Come First, Internet Jesus or Cyber Adolf?

Jim Treacy | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Jim Treacy

Conditions are rife for a global revolution, with channels to drive one ever strengthening. All that's missing is a charismatic leader to pull the strings. History imparts that person will arrive. Pray for goodness because it could be evil.

Turkey's Top Cleric Calls Islamic 'Caliphate' Illegitimate

Reuters | Ayla Jean Yackley | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - The declaration of a "caliphate" by Islamist militants in Iraq lacks legitimacy and their death threats to Christians are a danger to civi...

Bahrain's Jihadist Dilemma

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.18.2014 | Politics
Daniel Wagner

Bahrain finds itself in an increasingly untenable position. If it misplays its hand, or events in the region outpace the government's ability to manage domestic politics, the Bahraini government could find itself facing a dire crisis in the near future.

Convert, Pay Tax, Or Die, Islamic State Warns Christians

Reuters | Dominic Evans and Isra' al-Rube'i | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - Islamist insurgents have issued an ultimatum to northern Iraq's dwindling Christian population to either convert to Islam, pay a religious...

Does Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and His Islamic Caliphate Mark the Beginning of the Third World War?

Sheldon Filger | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Sheldon Filger

The lessons of history itself should compel us to take Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi's promise to wage a ferocious worldwide war of vengeance against those he sees as the enemies of God with the utmost seriousness.

Who's Afraid of the Caliphate?

Graham E. Fuller | Posted 09.06.2014 | World
Graham E. Fuller

Today respected clerics exist here and there, but many Muslims see the absence of a single authority as one source of the weakness and paucity of Islamic vision in the Muslim world today. In an era when the West has repeatedly invaded Muslim countries, overthrown their leaderships, and commandeered their economic and energy sources over much of the 20th century, the weakness and lack of leadership in the Muslim world remains a vivid concern to Muslims. Thus when the term "caliphate" is invoked, it touches a chord in the historical sensibilities of many.

A Basketball Guide to Middle East News

Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou | Posted 08.18.2014 | World
Dr. Elizabeth H. Prodromou

While ISIS has been fiddling and diddling, the chattering classes and elected officials in Washington have been spinning and dissembling, resorting to blamesmanship to assuage their panic over the human calamity and geopolitical cluster unfolding in the Levant.

Glenn Beck Reflects

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 03.24.2014 | Media
Joe Peyronnin

Beck is smart, driven, and a shrewd businessman who knows how to appeal to his audience. Now, however, he is sounding more introspective. At least, that's what one might conclude from his interview earlier this week, with Fox News host Megyn Kelly, about his run at Fox News.

After the Boston Attack: The Terrible Truth about Terrorism

Carlo Strenger | Posted 06.17.2013 | Science
Carlo Strenger

We would all like terrorism to disappear, but this is wishful thinking. There is no alternative to keeping a clear and cool mind, even in the face of the horror perpetrated by terrorist acts. If we lose our minds, terrorism wins.

5 Differences Between A Catholic Pope And An Islamic Khalifa

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 05.03.2013 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

When my parents enrolled me in a Catholic school in Pakistan, our neighbors expressed a concern: Will my faith be at risk because of attending a Catholic school? As it turns out, the Catholic school taught me the lost Muslim value of grappling with disagreements in a non-threatening way.

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"?

Demystifying 'Caliphate'

Harris Zafar | Posted 05.31.2011 | Religion
Harris Zafar

The word khilafat means succession, and the khalifa is a successor to a prophet of God, whose goal is to complete the tasks of reformation and moral training that the prophet instituted.