Articles tagged with: Islam

Faiz Sheikh
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on : Saturday, 1 Mar, 2014

From Marvel to Reality

As readers, we tend to prefer the subjects we can identify with. In comic books, for example, Peter Parker—whose alter ego is Spider-Man—is a nerdy, awkward child trying to fit in at school: the lowest common denominator of many of our childhoods. Kitty Pryde is a young Jewish girl whose journey to the X-Men begins when she is a small-town girl with great potential, navigating the maze of adult life seeking acceptance and family. Bruce Wayne, or Batman, is a millionaire playboy who s...

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Tam Hussein
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on : Friday, 29 Nov, 2013

A Brotherhood Vision for Syria

In Syria, Al-Qaeda and affiliated groups have gradually emerged as one of the main threats to the survival of the regime of President Bashar Al-Assad. Ironically, however, the presence of thousands of jihadists—always talked up by the pro-Assad media—has also provided the struggling Syrian government with a card to play. The willingness of Western governments to become more actively involved in the Syrian conflict in support of the rebels, particularly through the supply of letha...

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Abdullah Al-Rashid
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on : Friday, 1 Nov, 2013

Razeq and the Caliph

For 1,300 years, the caliphate was the dominant political system in the Arab Islamic world. It was embedded in the Islamic consciousness for so long it became the model of gove...

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Barçin Yinanç
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on : Monday, 29 Jul, 2013

Meeting Halfway

One of the initial reactions of Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to the Gezi Park protests was to portray the protesters as secularists who had no respect for Islam. He...

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Nicholas Birch
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on : Monday, 15 Jul, 2013

Ankara’s Creationists

In mid-June, the Turkish state body responsible for promoting science and scientific research, TÜBİTAK, told a group of top scientists that it would not be providing financia...

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Hannah Lucinda Smith
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on : Tuesday, 9 Jul, 2013

Polish Up Your Act

Hamra was thronging with early drinkers and late-night shoppers on a humid evening in June. Beirut’s quirkiest district, beloved of the city’s university students and fashi...

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Nicholas Birch
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on : Monday, 24 Jun, 2013

Tarred with the Same Brush

There is a great climactic scene in the film Finding Nemo where Nemo's father Marlin and his friend Dory are clinging onto a blue whale's tongue as the vast beast bellows, its ...

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Tam Hussein
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on : Saturday, 22 Jun, 2013

Refusing the Politics of Piety

In 2012, Al-Saddiq Al-Raddi went from being Sudan’s most celebrated poet to a political refugee. His poetry anthologies Songs of Solitude and the Sultan’s Labyrinth, published ...

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Nicholas Birch
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on : Wednesday, 5 Jun, 2013

One Big, Unhappy Family

There is a common Turkish phrase that helps to explain what has been going on in the country over the past few days: ‘Aman, düşmesin!’ The expression has no natural-sound...

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Thomas Hegghammer
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on : Monday, 13 May, 2013

Ten Years, and Ten Lessons, Later

STANFORD, Asharq Al-Awsat—Ten years ago yesterday, the Saudi capital, Riyadh, was rocked by three near-simultaneous suicide bombings at housing compounds for expatriates. Ove...

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