Posts Tagged “Sunni Islam”

Saudi Arabia and Iran: Volatile Political Geography of Oil and Minorities

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Saudi Arabia and Iran: Volatile Political Geography of Oil and Minorities

By James M. Dorsey Discontent is bubbling over among the majority Shiite population in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, home to the kingdom’s major oil fields and petrochemical industry. Disgruntlement is no less in the Iranian province of Khuzestan where up to 90 percent of Iran’s oil reserves are located. Iranian Arabs, who account for approximately…

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Shia and Sunni Takfiriyat

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Shia and Sunni Takfiriyat

By Mike Ghouse No one has a right to declare that Shiism or Sunnism is false and heretical. One of the major differences between Shia and Sunni traditions is about the role of leadership. When Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was returning from his last pilgrimage, he gathered the caravan at an oasis called Ghadir Khumm and…

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Saudis defend excursion against terrorists in Yemen

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The Saudi Ambassador to the United States Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir hosted a press conference at the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia and issued the following statement regarding the government’s assault against Houthis terrorists in Yemen: Saudi Arabia has launched military operations in Yemen, as part of a coalition of over ten countries in response…

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Asra Nomani details her fight against extremism

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Asra Nomani details her fight against extremism

By Ray Hanania Author and Muslim feminist rights voice Asra Nomani discusses the fight to confront growing extremism in the Muslim and the Arab World, and the more important battle to strengthen the voices of moderate. Nomani, the author of several books on her life as a Muslim woman, talks about the need to understand how…

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Is a Military Coup d’état imminent in Yemen?

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Is a Military Coup d’état imminent in Yemen?

By: Gamal Gasim, Ph.D Is Yemen on the verge of a rapid and dramatic change through an imminent military coup d’état?  It has been difficult to follow the dramatic events unfolding in Yemen since the Houthis entered the capital city, Sana’a, on September 21, 2014; but when looking carefully at the trajectory of events in…

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ISIS: A phenomenon of religious hegemony

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ISIS: A phenomenon of religious hegemony

ISIS: A phenomenon of religious hegemony By Ghassan Michel Rubeiz It is sound for religious scholars to denounce an Islamic cluster of armed groups gone wild, ISIS, but the real challenge for reformers and other civic activists is to confront societal institutions of indoctrination. The emergence of ISIS, the so called Islamic State, in Syria…

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