Quote of the Day: How to Analyse the Middle East

From the editors of the Middle East Research and Information Project: There are two political-intellectual prisms through which the recurrent conflagrations of the modern Middle East are conventionally seen. One casts the region’s stubborn ills as internally caused — by the outsize role of religion in public life, the persistence of primordial identities like sect … More Quote of the Day: How to Analyse the Middle East

US Goes to War Against Democracy Virus

I have two bits of wonderful conservative rhetoric for you today that are simply stunning. The first is Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin who calls out James Jones for pointing out that the Israeli occupation creates problems. Rubin is trying desperately to deny the links between the continuing Israeli occupation of Palestine and the general … More US Goes to War Against Democracy Virus

God’s Terrorist? The Logic of Suicide Terrorism

Suicide terrorism has been rising around the world for decades.  Because of the Iraq and Afghanistan war, September 11, and other conflicts involving predominantly Muslim populations, Islam has been seen as a motivator, if the not the sole motivator, for these attacks.  This belief, held even by prominent academics, has fueled the notion that Islam … More God’s Terrorist? The Logic of Suicide Terrorism

Islam and a Crisis of Pluralism?

At a recent academic seminar, Swedish artist Lars Vilks was attacked by a Muslim student and forced to cease his presentation as the crowd angrily rushed the stage.  His presentation, juxtaposing homoerotic images with Christian and Muslim images, was controversial and has aroused some interesting questions.  See the video here. [tweetmeme] First, it should be … More Islam and a Crisis of Pluralism?

The Myth of the Silent Muslim Majority

Since the  tragic events of September 11, 2001 ‘Western’ academics, intellectuals, and politicians have been apparently blind to the massive amount of condemnation coming from the Muslim majority; that is, those who oppose Wahhabism and Osama bin Laden. Indeed, the question of “why haven’t Muslims condemned the atrocities of 9/11 and other terror” is more … More The Myth of the Silent Muslim Majority

Did You Hear the One About the Nuclear Ban in the Middle East?

With a month long conference in New York concerning the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), a big story lately has been the provision in the treaty calling for a nuclear free Middle East.  The thought is a good one, but with Iran allegedly working towards nuclear bombs and the assumed nuclear arsenal of Israel, the likelihood of … More Did You Hear the One About the Nuclear Ban in the Middle East?