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Fundamentalist Islam

An Atheist's (Somewhat) Relaxed View of the Qur'an

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

Objectively, there's no denying that today Islamic extremism poses more of a threat than other types of religious fanaticism. There are complex historical, social, and cultural reasons for this. But this is not a matter of the text of the Qur'an being inherently more susceptible to intolerant interpretations than the Bible.

Obama, Islam, and a Clash of Theologies

Ivan Petrella | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Ivan Petrella

While there's no battle between Islam and the West, there is a battle within Islam: a conflict between violent-fanatic understandings of Islam and a broader spectrum of Muslim worldviews over how the religion gets defined.

The New Wannabe Jihadis

Eboo Patel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Eboo Patel

Call them Chechen separatists or new world order gangstas, but don't call them jihadis. They're just wannabes who have adopted the glamorous guise of Muslim extremism.

Anwar Al-Awlaki: The Jim Jones of Islam

Kamran Pasha | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kamran Pasha

Like Jim Jones, a personality cult has formed around Anwar al-Awlaki. There is a word for that kind of personality cult in Islam: idolatry.