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Muhammad Was A Feminist

The prophet Muhammad would be appalled by how current Islamic Fundamentalists are treating women under their control. This suppression is done in the name of Islamic Law, known as <i>Sharia</i>. But the current suppression of women is shaped by cultural and history. It has little basis in the Quran and it …

Islam

The Rise of Hateful Little England

After the Brexit, hate crimes have exploded and Britain’s new government fuels an economic disaster by purging universities and businesses of …

Iraqi PM: ‘Turkey won’t take part in Mosul op under any circumstances’

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi has rejected any role for Turkish forces in the upcoming offensive on an Islamic State stronghold of Mosul, as …

Why is Saudi Arabia interested in Yemen?

The schism between Sunnis and Shiites in Islam has divided the Middle East for several centuries. Here's a look at how the old religious divide has …

Commentary: Putin’s Middle East gamble is paying dividends

Vladimir Putin has made an art of turning weakness into strength. As Russian and Syrian forces pound Aleppo in the biggest assault of Syria’s five-year civil war, the Russian president clearly has emerged as a dominant force in the Middle East. Two years ago Russia had virtually no presence in the …

Middle East

A Strong Muslim Identity Is the Best Defense Against Extremism

Since 9/11, “reforming” Islam under the guise of combatting extremism has become increasingly financially lucrative. More than $57 million has been …

How a London soccer club tries to save kids from the Islamic State

LONDON — A 14-year-old girl received a photo on Snapchat that showed a man holding a black placard with the message: “Are you British, or are you Muslim?”<p>She eventually told a mentor on her soccer team, Shamender Talwar, who said the girl was being recruited by the Islamic State. He urged her to …

Extremely Together is playing ISIS at its own game to tackle extremism

Extremist groups like ISIS have become experts in spreading hate online: reaching potential recruits through apps like Telegram, creating viral …

The battle in Iraq that could turn the tide against Islamic State: The fight for Mosul is about to begin

With its drab two-tone walls, neon lighting and plastic chairs, it looks more like a lecture hall than a war room. But instead of students, officers from Iraq's security forces study a bank of flat-screen TVs showing feeds from drones flying hundreds of miles away.<p>On one side, amid a jumble of …

Who is Noor Tagouri? Muslim Woman in Hijab Poses for Playboy

After a summer in which women fought to cover themselves on beaches in the South of France, 22-year-old Muslim journalist Noor Tagouri is embracing …

Islam is a religion of peace and war—and it’s not bigotry to acknowledge it

Last week, I warned a House Homeland Security Subcommittee that Islamist pressure groups were making it impossible for my fellow Muslims to do the …

Charity Commission opens formal inquiry into mosque where ‘Kill Ahmadis’ leaflets were allegedly found

The Charity Commission has launched a formal investigation into a south London mosque where leaflets calling for members of a minority Muslim sect to …

Young Syrian With A Dream Risks His Life To Film New Netflix Doc

Khaleed Khateeb dreamed of being a photojournalist when he was in high school. As he watched Syria crumble into chaos around him, he wanted to share his country's story with the world.<p>"And now," he says, "I have finally got my dream." Khateeb is a 21-year-old volunteer for the Syria Civil Defense …