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Islamic Fundamentalism

The Battle for Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 11.27.2014 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Does the situation of present-day Muslim society, marked by crisis, tensions, foreign interventions and political despotism, foster the reformist democratic Islam, or does it promote its violent and theocratic rivals?

ISIS as First U.S.Intifada

Jim Garrison | Posted 12.01.2014 | Politics
Jim Garrison

We have treated Afghanistan and Iraq much the way Israel has treated the West Bank and Gaza, and now, like Israel, we are reaping not peace but deepening conflict.

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

This Cleric Thinks ISIS Can Be Defeated With More Religion

HuffingtonPost.com | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 09.26.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Countering extremist groups like the Islamic State will require “not less religion but more,” according to a prominent Muslim cleric...

Standing With Those Who Fight Fundamentalism

Karima Bennoune | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Karima Bennoune

There is no way to fight jihadist terrorism without undercutting its ideological base. Acknowledging the West's own portion of responsibility in the process of radicalization is critical.

Climate Change and ISIS -- Fighting Multiple Existential Threats

Andrew Winston | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Andrew Winston

The reality is we don't have the luxury of dealing with everything in succession -- as a society, we have to tackle multiple threats simultaneously.

Saudi Arabia's Shallow Promises of Reform -- Raif Badawi Again

Elham Manea | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Elham Manea

The kingdom is stuck with itself; unable to move; unable to reform. Stagnated and paralyzed. It will continue to conduct its double game, promising reform while mainstreaming and exporting ISIS ideology.

Does Islamic State's Brutality Really Have Nothing to Do With Religion?

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Fathima Imra Nazeer

It's time we take our blinders off and started openly talking about the connection between ISIS's brutality and Quranic literalism.

'Muslims Condemning Things' Tumblr Answers A Question That Should Be Obvious

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 08.20.2014 | Religion

The Islamic State, the militant group formerly known as ISIS, claims that it is restoring the Islamic Caliphate in an attempt to confer greater politi...

Saudi's Top Islamic Leader: Islamic State And Al-Qaeda Are 'Enemy Number One Of Islam'

Reuters | Posted 10.19.2014 | Religion

RIYADH, Aug 19 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's Grand Mufti Sheik Abdulaziz Al al-Sheik, the highest religious authority in the country, said on Tuesday t...

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.

Muslims Worldwide Fear The Rise Of Islamic Extremism

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.23.2014 | Religion

Though the extremist militant group ISIS has declared a restoration of the Islamic Caliphate and issued a call for all Muslims to pledge their allegia...

How A Young Man Becomes A Suicide Bomber

AP | PAUL SCHEMM | Posted 05.21.2014 | Religion

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — There's a moment in the Moroccan film "Horses of God" when the protagonist and a friend successfully repair an old moped and c...

The Waning of the Islamic Tide in the Middle East: Just Maybe

Jonathan Adelman | Posted 03.16.2014 | World
Jonathan Adelman

It now seems that the tide may be turning against Islamic fundamentalism in much of the Middle East outside of the Iranian Shiite sphere.

Flexing Saudi Muscles

Allan Topol | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Allan Topol

For the most part, the Saudi monarchy, discrete and secretive, was willing to let their longtime ally, the United States, take the lead in pursuing a Middle East agenda with which the Saudis generally concurred. All of that has changed within the last year.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev Was Influenced By Mysterious Muslim Radical

AP | ADAM GOLDMAN, ERIC TUCKER and MATT APUZZO | Posted 06.23.2013 | Religion

WASHINGTON — In the years before the Boston Marathon bombings, Tamerlan Tsarnaev fell under the influence of a new friend, a Muslim convert who ...

Fundamentalism Is Fundamentalism, Jihadi or Teahadi

Brian Ross | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Brian Ross

The rage and fear that is stoked is real, but it is only a by-product, not a popular groundswell of real thought or desire. The political rage and false populism of Middle East extremists and American fundamentalist groups are equally manufactured.

Anti-American Sentiments in 20 Countries: Where Do We Go From Here?

Dr. Farideh Farazmand | Posted 09.27.2012 | World
Dr. Farideh Farazmand

Already under criticism by Republicans, President Obama will have to explain his policies in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, and Syria. He will also have to explain the lack of protection for U.S. consulate personnel in Benghazi.

What's the Most Islamic Approach to Islamophobia?

Melody Moezzi | Posted 11.18.2012 | World
Melody Moezzi

We must ask ourselves, both as Muslims and as responsible global citizens: What is the most effective and responsible way to respond to an offensive film or cartoon or other form of expression that has gained popularity for one reason or another?

The Muhammad "Film" Protests and the Crimes of Fundamentalism

Feisal G. Mohamed | Posted 11.14.2012 | World
Feisal G. Mohamed

Can there be any objective lesson more clear on the irrational, destructive overreaction that fundamentalism breeds?

Timbuktu and the Politics of Fundamentalism

Paul Stoller | Posted 09.15.2012 | Politics
Paul Stoller

As the American presidential campaign swings into high gear, recent events in the fabled city of Timbuktu remind us of the very real social and cultural costs of religious and political fundamentalism.

White House Split On Legal Grounds For Targeting Islamic Militants

The New York Times | Posted 11.15.2011 | World

The Obama administration’s legal team is split over how much latitude the United States has to kill Islamist militants in Yemen and Somalia, a quest...

The Sufi Foundation Of Libya's Revolution

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 10.24.2011 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

The Libyan historical and spiritual heritage dominating the anti-Gaddafi campaign has drawn on precedents that could not be more distant from the radicalism of al Qaeda.

Are Fundamentalists Fundamentally Violent?

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 09.24.2011 | Religion
Terry Kelhawk

How can we decide if a person is a fundamentalist? Does his creed or religion in its most fundamental source document, its holy book, teach a violent manifesto?

Confronting Corruption In The Muslim World

Dr. Faheem Younus | Posted 08.15.2011 | Religion
Dr. Faheem Younus

Amid increasing calls to enforce a misunderstood concept of sharia by the clergy in Pakistan and other Muslim countries like Indonesia, reports such as Transparency International's should give those proponents pause.

Rep. King's Bigotry Is Fueling Fundamentalist Islam

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Roy Speckhardt

If Rep. King's hearings are to continue, which they should not, he should take an honest look at all forms of extremism -- not just that stemming from fundamentalist Islam.