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Eid and Tragedy

Shanon Shah
“How can I celebrate Eid in light of all the carnage that’s been happening throughout Ramadan?” That’s the question I asked myself after the suicide bomb attack in Baghdad. The death toll is 165 as at Monday 4 July ...

Anyone who bothers about the stones of Palmyra will also care about the souls of Tadmur

Boyd Tonkin
The distinction between a concern for the fate of people and of antiquities is a false dichotomy

A Letter to Young Muslim Girls if you are Considering Leaving the UK to join ISIS

Sara Khan of We Will Inspire
Sara Khan of We Will Inspire pens an open letter to young Muslim women who are considering leaving the UK to join ISIS

Wahhabism to ISIS: how Saudi Arabia exported the main source of global terrorism

Karen Armstrong
Karen Armstrong writes although IS is certainly an Islamic movement, it is neither typical nor mired in the distant past, because its roots are in Wahhabism, a form of Islam practised in Saudi Arabia that developed only in the 18th century

My Faith has been Hijacked by Extremists. We Must Reclaim It

Sara Khan
Could the senseless killing of Alan Henning lead to a watershed moment, a chance for a new narrative of hope?

The Myth of Religious Violence

Karen Armstrong
As we watch the fighters of the Islamic State (Isis) rampaging through the Middle East, tearing apart the modern nation-states of Syria and Iraq created by departing European colonialists, it may be difficult to believe we are living in the 21st ...

The ISIS Demand for a Caliphate is about Power, Not Religion

William Dalrymple
On 3 March 1924, the Dolmabahçe Palace in Istanbul was surrounded by Republican Turkish troops. Inside, the last Ottoman caliph, Abdülmecid II, was reading the essays of Montaigne. Late that night, the prefect of police came to ...