Tag: Syria

What the Jihadists Who Bought ‘Islam For Dummies’ on Amazon Tell Us About Radicalisation

What the Jihadists Who Bought ‘Islam For Dummies’ on Amazon Tell Us About Radicalisation

[ 0 ] August 28, 2014 |

by MEHDI HASAN for HUFFINGTON POST UK on AUGUST 21, 2014:  Can you guess which books the wannabe jihadists Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed ordered online from Amazon before they set out from Birmingham to fight in Syria last May? A copy of Milestones by the Egyptian Islamist Sayyid Qutb? No. How about Messages to […]

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Top Ten Articles of the Academic Summer (in ISLAMiCommentary)

Top Ten Articles of the Academic Summer (in ISLAMiCommentary)

[ 0 ] August 27, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 27, 2014:  These were the top ten most-accessed original pieces on ISLAMiCommentary this summer. 1.Five Years Since ‘New Muslim Cool’, Hispanic Muslims Growing Segment of US Muslim Religious Culture (by Julie Poucher Harbin, Duke University)  2.Looking Beyond the Safety of the Hate Narrative (by Yakir Englander, Northwestern University) […]

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Robert Kaplan: Terrorism as Theater

[ 0 ] August 27, 2014 |

by ROBERT KAPLAN for STRATFOR’S GLOBAL AFFAIRS WITH ROBERT KAPLAN on AUGUST 27, 2014:  The beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq was much more than an altogether gruesome and tragic affair: rather, it was a very sophisticated and professional film production deliberately punctuated with powerful symbols. Foley […]

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More Assertive US Action in Syria “Long Overdue” (Bruce Jentleson)

More Assertive US Action in Syria “Long Overdue” (Bruce Jentleson)

[ 0 ] August 25, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary via DUKE NEWS on AUGUST 25, 2014:  Syria warned the United States on Monday not to extend its air war against radical Islamist militants into Syria. Bruce Jentleson, a former senior advisor to the US State Department and current public policy professor at Duke University says “a shift […]

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LISTEN: Bruce Jentleson on ISIS and the Murder of James Foley

LISTEN: Bruce Jentleson on ISIS and the Murder of James Foley

[ 1 ] August 22, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary via WWL RADIO NEW ORLEANS (RADIO HOST TOMMY TUCKER INTERVIEWS BRUCE JENTLESON) on AUGUST 21, 2014:  WWL Radio host Tommy Tucker talks to Bruce Jentleson, a Duke Prof. of Public Policy & Political Science and Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, about the beheading […]

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In Killing a Journalist, ‘ISIS Has Grossly Miscalculated,’ Says Military Expert

In Killing a Journalist, ‘ISIS Has Grossly Miscalculated,’ Says Military Expert

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 20, 2014:  Charlie Dunlap Jr, a professor of the practice at Duke Law School and executive director of Duke’s Center on Law, Ethics and National Security, said today that ISIS “has grossly miscalculated” in its execution of freelance journalist James Foley. Foley was abducted in northern Syria in […]

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Don’t BS the American People About Iraq, Syria, and ISIL (Brian Fishman)

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014 |

by BRIAN FISHMAN for WAR ON THE ROCKS on AUGUST 20, 2014:  The apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a stark reminder of the group’s terrible brutality and the seriousness required to counter them. Unfortunately, much of the political discourse about the Islamic […]

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Tunisia: The Last Best Hope for the Arab Spring

[ 0 ] August 14, 2014 |

by MOHSIN KHAN and SVETLANA MILBERT for ATLANTIC COUNCIL on AUGUST 13, 2014:  The uprisings that swept the Arab world began with the overthrow of President Ben Ali of Tunisia in January 2011. Egypt, Libya, Syria, and Yemen quickly emulated Tunisia’s example, giving hope to those countries’ citizens that major transformations were underway to meet […]

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Mbaye Lo on “Islamic Radicalism and the End of Time”

Mbaye Lo on “Islamic Radicalism and the End of Time”

[ 0 ] August 13, 2014 |

by MBAYE LO for AL ARABIYA INSTITUTE FOR STUDIES on AUGUST 10, 2014:  Two weeks ago I attended the Friday sermon at Niamey’s Grand Mosque in the Republic of Niger. The imam reminded the congregation that “these are troubling times: there is killing everywhere, and certainly, these are signs of the end of time.” He summoned […]

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Iraq: Islamic Militants, Breakup and Other Tough Questions on Twitter (USIP)

[ 0 ] August 13, 2014 |

by STEVE RUDER for UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE (OLIVE BRANCH BLOG) on AUGUST 13, 2014:  Will Iraq’s current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki defy efforts to replace him? Will it break apart into several separate states? Should its neighbors do more to challenge the militants rampaging across the border with Syria? And are we giving this […]

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