Tag Archives: Salafism

In Egypt, watch the Nour Party

This piece is published in Al-Monitor It’s hard to see any winner in Egypt’s messy political arena — one that is dominated by near-daily deadly confrontations between the Muslim Brotherhood and the military-backed interim leadership. However, there’s one political party steadily reinforcing its place … Continue reading

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Why do Islamists hate Valentine’s Day?

(Photo of Egyptian Preacher Abu-Islam via Reuters) Originally published in the Daily News Egypt “Valentine’s Day represents for the Christians, a celebration of adultery and prostitution, and those who go out on this day are prostitutes.” That is how Abu Islam, a … Continue reading

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Is Turkey immune from radical Salafism?

This piece initially published in The Daily News Egypt Turkey is a unique Muslim nation with a distinct history, geography, and political progression. It has never been occupied, and its contemporary path has evolved differently than that of its Muslim neighbors. … Continue reading

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Our Own Mongols

(photo CNN) In 1258, under the leadership of Hulagu Khan, Mongol forces invaded Baghdad, massacred its inhabitants, burned its prestigious library (the House of Wisdom), and used the books to literally form a bridge across the Tigris River. It is … Continue reading

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