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Minorities in the Muslim World

August 31, 2015

How does Islam understand the concept of non-Muslims or “different” Muslims? Do Sunnis believe non-Sunni Muslims have rights equal to Sunnis? Is there one central authority that can decide today who speaks for all Muslims? Sadly, the Muslim world is in total turmoil. We could discuss the traditional Muslim legal code regarding non-Muslims, but, given […]

Identity and Loyalty in Islam and the Middle East

February 28, 2014

Westerners strive to solve problems. When people appear obstinate, we often indignantly say, “Are you part of the solution, or part of the problem?” This is alien to Middle Eastern and Islamic culture. Middle Easterners cope with problems for which they know there are no solutions—akin to living with a chronic illness. Islam, for example, […]

The Sunni Divide

May 31, 2013

Sunni rebels are united in their opposition to the Assad regime, but there are deep divisions among militias sponsored by rivals Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Watching the Syrians kill each other, one can get the impression from the media that there are two sides—the Assad regime and “the opposition.” The latter would be comprised of […]

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