Fundamentalist Pandemics: What Evangelicals Could Learn From The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Juan Cole This spring, the novel coronavirus pandemic has raised the issue of the relationship between the blindest kind of religious faith and rational skepticism — this time…

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Messianic Zionism: The Ass and the Red Heifer

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Moshé Machover The relation between Zionism and Judaism (the Jewish religion) is paradoxical and complex. In its early days, Zionism was apparently a thoroughly secular political movement. Apparently….

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Sara R. Farris, In the Name of Women’s Rights: The Rise of Femonationalism – Book Review

Friday, March 16, 2018

Catherine Rottenberg. Posted on Jadaliyya on February 12, 2018. Farris’ new book In the Name of Women’s Rights: The Rise of Femonationalism illuminates the particular ways in which…

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America Loves Islamic Terrorists (Abroad): ISIS as Proxy US Mercenaries

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Geoff Dutton. Posted in CounterPunch on February 16, 2018. By all accounts, wherever the Islamic State has gained and held territory, its residents suffer terrible oppression and deprivation….

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Hejab, Islamic totalitarianism and the opposition in Iran

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Jaleh Ahmadi. This article was first published in Iran Bulletin-Middle East Forum number 1,  2004. We are posting it in Middleast4Change because of its relevance in the current…

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The Saudi Arabian Trillions

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Malise Ruthven. Published on London Review of Books volume 39, no 17, September 7, 2017. It made perfect sense that the first port of call on President Trump’s…

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Arab Spring after six years: “I see the potential for something good.” – interview with Asef Bayat

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Sonja Zekri. Sociologist Asef Bayat talks to journalist Sonja Zekri about his views on the Arab spring and his concept of post-Islamism. First published on Koepfe und Ideen…

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Paradise Lost: The Rise and Fall of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Friday, April 21, 2017

Tam Hussein, Joshua Landis blog. Posted by Tam Hussein on Friday, April 14th, 2017 @tamhussein I entered Najiyeh, a small town of no consequence, without their permission. The…

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The roots of sectarianism in the Middle East

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Omar Hassan. First published at Red Flag and appeared in Socialist Worker on February 1, 2017. It is nearly impossible to find a mainstream news report about the…

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Combating Al-Qaeda in Syria

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Pulsemedia Leading experts on Syria discuss strategies for combating ISIS and Al Qaeda in Syria Featuring Faysal Itani Senior Fellow, Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East Atlantic…

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Creating Frankenstein: The Saudi export of Wahhabism

Friday, November 11, 2016

James A Dorsey, Redress Information & Analysis. There has long been debate about the longevity of the Saudi ruling family. My initial conclusion when I first visited Saudi…

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Islamic State v al-Qaida: Book review

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Owen Bennet-Jones, London Review of Books. Isis: A History by Fawaz A. Gerges Princeton; Isis: Inside the Army of Terror by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan, Regan Arts;…

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Etienne Balibar: Laïcité or identity?

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Verso Books. The controversial banning of the “Burkini” by several French municipalities – and it’s overturning by the state council – has once again brought the question of…

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Research: No man’s land in Egypt

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Aya Nader, Al Monitor. An Egyptian was conducting a study on sewage systems back during the times of Khedivial Cairo (1867-1914). He had to apply for a permit…

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Political Islam, Part 3: How it effects society

Friday, August 19, 2016
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Ardeshir Mehrdad, Illustrations by Ardeshir Mohassess. An illegitimate child of advanced capitalism, Political Islam has profound effects on the society that gives birth to it both before and…

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The fall of the Turkish model: Book review

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Ece Temelkuran reviews book in New Left Review Fall of the Turkish model, by Cihan Tuğal, Verso books, 2016 If Cihan Tuğal’s book was filmed as a political…

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For Arab Youth, ISIS Is Middle East’s ‘Biggest Obstacle’

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Julia Glum msn As the Islamic State group grows its presence online and in headlines, its influence among young people is shrinking. At least, that’s according to the…

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Struggle for a Democratic Socialism in the Middle East: Interview

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Joseph Daher Problematica/Syria Freedom Forever Recent mass movements in Middle Eastern and North African countries, despite their defeats and failures, showed prospects and possibilities of a progressive change…

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Political Islam, class and capital. Part 2: Manifestation of centre-periphery crisis

Thursday, April 7, 2016
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Ardeshir Mehrdad Illustration by Ardeshir Mohassess Despite claims to the contrary, political Islam is a child of late capitalism, growing where capitalist development is more advanced. There are…

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The Global disorder of Capital

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Alain Badiou translated by Yassamine Mather Weekly Worker Alain Badiou discusses the consequences of neoliberal capital’s disastrous policies worldwide and what he calls new imperial practices. He writes:…

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A brief history of ISIS – ISIS emerged out of the dashed hope of the Arab Spring

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

by Adam Hanieh Jacobin In the wake of the November 13 attacks in Paris, much of the Left has linked the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq…

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Islam and modernism VII – Gellner’s thinly veiled historic idealism

Monday, November 30, 2015

By Mohammad Reza Shalguni Ernest Gellner is one of the most well known figures of modern sociology among Western academic circles and one of the most influential exponents of the…

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Islam and modernism VI – Is Islam open to modernity

Monday, November 30, 2015

By Mohammad Reza Shalguni There is a prevalent view of Islam that portrays it as incompatible with modernism. In its more extreme form, this  is considered the main reason for the…

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Islam and Modernism V – the myth of the inevitability of fundamentalism

Monday, November 30, 2015

By Mohammad Reza Shalguni Is fundamentalism an inevitable development of Islam? The fifth part of a eight-part series Mohammad Reza Shalguni refutes the notion that whenever confronted by modernity, Islam…

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