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Abu Mohammad al-Jolani re-branding Al-Nusra, as broadcasted on the Doha-based al-Jazeera TV.

Re-branding Jabhat al-Nusra

  When US secretary of State James Baker invited Palestinian…
The Grand Umayyad Mosque of Damascus.

Damascene Sufism, the antidote to ISIS

When the Islamic State stormed the city of al-Mayadeen in…
A banner carrying the flag of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Challenge for Political Islam in Syria

Depending on who one talks to in Syria, the Egyptian elections…
Leaders of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in 2011.

Will there be another "spring" in 2061?

On February 12, 1949, two gunmen shot down 43-year-old Muslim…
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Defending Aisha

The latest controversy over the book, The Jewel of Medina has…
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Islam and secularism must go hand in hand in Syria

For the first time since the secular Baath Party came to power…
Abu al-Qaqa in Aleppo.

Syria's Abu al-Qaqa: Authentic Jihadist or Impostor?

Much has been written about the Aleppo-based Syrian preacher…
Abu al-Qaqa in Aleppo.

The History of Political and Militant Islam in Syria

The rise of political Islam in Syria can be traced to the 1940s,…