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Shi'ism

Ramadan Amid the New Middle East Crisis

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 08.27.2014 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Peacemaking is among the good deeds incumbent on Muslims during the holy month of fasting and prayer. Distribution of charity and food, customary at Ramadan, is needed especially by people displaced by conflict. How, then, will Ramadan be celebrated in the countries worst affected by the latest Middle East crisis?

Here Are Some of the Day-To-Day Differences Between Sunnis and Shiites

Azadeh Moaveni | Posted 08.25.2014 | World
Azadeh Moaveni

Arguably the most significant difference between the two sects is that Shiites are able to "follow" senior clerics of their choosing, shaping their practices and behaviors around particular ayatollahs' edicts. Shiite clerics can issue innovative religious rulings around controversial, modern practices like assisted reproductive technologies or cloning.

Morsi Plays the Sectarian Card

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.25.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Morsi must realize that he cannot have his cake and eat it too -- attempting to embrace Tehran on one hand and the West and rest of the Arab world on the other. He is trying to be all things to all people, which will not work.

Of Madness and Muslim Martyrdom: The Ideal Age of Indoctrination

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Suicide martyrdom operations have now become so commonplace that as a viewership we are badly inured to them. Its worth remembering that the ideology supporting fanatical attacks may begin long before adulthood.