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Sectarianism

U.S. Highlights Bahrain Sectarianism in New Religious Freedom Report

Brian Dooley | Posted 09.27.2014 | World
Brian Dooley

Today's State Department report on international religious freedom for 2013 is unlikely to heal the increasing rift between the U.S. government and Bahrain.

Timelines And Maps To Help You Understand The Sunni-Shiite Divide

The Huffington Post | Yasmine Hafiz | Posted 07.27.2014 | Religion

"If we want to understand the Middle East, if we want to understand why conflicts are happening the way they are, and how these conflicts may be resol...

The Republican Party Can Learn from al-Maliki's Mistakes

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Numerous observers and actors alike in the conflict blame al-Maliki's refusal to form a coalition government, composed of multiple sectors and factions within the country, for the ongoing existential crisis.

Religion Has No Answer for Sectarianism

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Ronald A. Lindsay

The phenomenon of intra-religious strife highlights the key problem with using religious texts and doctrines to address ethical issues in general, and in particular, how we treat other human beings. All holy texts, and the doctrines derived from such texts, are infinitely malleable.

Social Media, Sedition, Sectarianism and Sisi Grip #AMF14

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 07.31.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

"Saudi cleric says chatting online is haram" (religiously banned in Islam). According to Saudi daily al-Eqitisadiya, Sheikh Abdullah al-Mutlaq, a mem...

Shiite Fatwa Legitimizes Syrian War

AP | QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | Posted 12.19.2013 | Religion

BAGHDAD (AP) — A leading Shiite Muslim cleric widely followed by Iraqi militants has issued the first public religious edict permitting Shiites to f...

On Demons And Virtual Reality

Peter Rollins | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Peter Rollins

A virtual reality does not necessarily even exist in the mind, for individuals can be deeply influenced by a virtual reality that they don't even believe in or know exists. The demonic, as an oppressive force upon our lives, captures this virtual dimension.

10 Observations About Jehovah's Witnesses And The Book Of Revelation

Michael Gilmour | Posted 06.01.2013 | Religion
Michael Gilmour

Despite wide circulation of their scripture, few nonmembers ever see the Watch Tower Bible and its commentary because of the organization's reclusive nature.

Iran's Long Leash

Daniel Wagner | Posted 05.27.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Although all of Syria's neighbors have been negatively impacted by the country's crisis, Iraq's sectarian tensions and the religious, historical and cultural bonds between Syrians and Iraqis connect the two states' political fates.

Kuwaiti Tweeps Jailed for Religious Offenses

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.07.2012 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

Two Muslim Kuwaiti tweeps -- one Sunni, one Shiite -- were handed jail sentences for what the courts considered highly offensive language, since their tweets were sectarian in nature.

Upheaval in West Africa: Could Nigeria Be Next?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.23.2012 | World
Daniel Wagner

Preventing BH from exploiting sectarian tension is therefore paramount, but shoring up the support of northern political figures while driving through a reformist agenda will be no easy task.

I'm With Stupid: A Sweeping Indictment of Sectarian Stupidity

Todd Hartley | Posted 02.29.2012 | Comedy
Todd Hartley

How can each of Protestantism's 33,000 denominations expect people to take them seriously when the two that have been chosen to maintain the most important spot in all of Christendom fight each year over who gets to clean what part of the church?

What Really Happened Sunday Night in Cairo?

Maurice Chammah | Posted 12.12.2011 | World
Maurice Chammah

What happened on Sunday in Egypt? Over the coming days, international media will clean up its coverage and separate fact from fiction, while the viewers feel like they're getting the real story.

The Fabrication of Bahrain's Shiite-Sunni Divide

Shirin Sadeghi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Shirin Sadeghi

The so-called sectarian divide of Bahrain is a manipulative simplification of a far greater divide: that of the colonially-installed government that has no connection with or compassion for the people of Bahrain.