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Remember the Battle of Lepanto

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Last week, Oct. 7 to be precise, was the 450th anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto. Why should you give a flying fig? Because it was a pivotal clash in a war that has...
A cedar forest in El-Arz, Bsharri, Lebanon, Dec. 1, 2006. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Lebanon and the geography of Arab change

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In a summer of brewing crises, from Havana through Caracas to Tehran (and other Iranian cities), Lebanon’s descent into crisis tends to be overlooked. And yet, it is part of a larger picture in...
A view of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Photo by Judy Lash Balint.

‘Muslim historians consistently confirm Jewish ties to Jerusalem’

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The book “Islam, Jews and the Temple Mount: The Rock of Our/Their Existence,” is bound to cause an uproar in the Muslim world. Published last year, it presents a comprehensive list of early Islamic...
A view of the Al-Aqsa mosque on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. Credit: Andrew Shiva via Wikimedia Commons.

From Mecca to Jerusalem

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The dispute that is now rocking the Muslim world is not about whether the Prophet Muhammad’s famous “Night Journey” actually took place or was merely a dream. The current debate, which is intertwined with...
Palestinians protest against the publications of a cartoon of Prophet Mohammad in France, as well as French President Emmanuel Macron's comments on Islam, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on Oct. 30, 2020. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Hundreds protest at Temple Mount against Muhammad caricatures; three arrested

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Hundreds of people demonstrated at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Friday against French President Emmanuel Macron and his pledge to protect the right to caricature the Islamic prophet Muhammad with three arrested for...
Official portrait of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Jan 10, 2013. Credit: David Lienemann/White House Photo.

Joe Biden courts Islam, not Muslims

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As Muslim communities in Western nations continue to grow in size and influence, politicians will court their vote. In the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Muslims had the lowest rate of voter registration of any religious...
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Turkey’s mad sultan

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Last week, in defiance of Pope Francis and the entire Christian world, Sultan Erdoğan’s dream became reality. Images depicting the Archangel Gabriel, the Virgin Mary and Christ Pantocrator, along with numerous other famous mosaics...
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Tel Aviv University touts ‘unprecedented’ Hebrew paper by Saudi academic

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In what Tel Aviv University is calling an “unprecedented” development, the latest issue of one of its academic journals includes an article in Hebrew by a senior Saudi academic. The paper, titled “Contribution to Prophet Muhammad’s...
Sufi healing through music and movement in Morocco

Sufism, the sublime way to the elevation of the being

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Sufism is considered the mystical side of Islam, the bearer of the hidden mysteries of divine revelation. In its essence, it is defined as a spiritual path and is translated into the existence of...
Muslims visit the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City, on Feb. 28, 2020. Photo by Sliman Khader/Flash90.

Al-Aqsa mosque prayer banned during Ramadan due to coronavirus fears

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Prayer at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City will be banned during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan in order to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, Muslim clerics said on Thursday. The Jordan-appointed...