Month: March 2019

  • Halal Food: A History

    Is Cadbury chocolate or Coca-Cola and Pepsi halal? Armanios and Ergene offer a comprehensive overview of Islamic food laws and their modern-day application. Those laws require, they explain, not just avoiding alcohol and pork but the detection of minute

  • Christian Martyrs under Islam

    Sahner, associate professor of Islamic history at Oxford University, informs the reader that Christian Martyrs under Islam “seeks to explain the earliest stages of a long-term process whereby the predominantly majority-Christian Middle East of late

  • Compulsion in Religion

    Saddam Hussein’s Islamization of Party and State A fascinating debate on state-Islam relations in Baath Iraq has raged between historians ever since two archives of internal Iraqi Baath records were made available to researchers in the United States.

  • Cairo and Riyadh, Vying for Leadership

    In his first official trip abroad in March 2018, Saudi crown prince Muhammad bin Salman chose to visit Cairo, where he was greeted by President Abdel Fattah Sisi as “a dear guest in his second home, Egypt.”[1] The two agreed to enhance bi-lateral

  • Mecca and Medina, Sacred Sites or Development Engines?

    The ongoing transformation of Mecca and Medina is a deeply contested issue. As Islam’s holiest sites, their spiritual significance implies a certain propriety of urban form prescribed by their history. Yet the current drastic changes engineered by

  • Hezbollah in the Homs Area: The Life of As’ad Muhammad Hussein

    It is easy to be preoccupied with all the latest developments in the Syrian civil war while neglecting the more distant history of the conflict. In this particular case I want to illustrate the growth of Hezbollah’s influence in the Homs area through

  • Who Is Sisi of Egypt? A Salafi.

    Abdel Fattah al-Sisi came to power in July 2013 through a military coup, supported by many sectors of Egyptian society that wanted to rid themselves of the religious rule imposed by Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood government. Yet religion has loomed

  • Who Is Sisi of Egypt? A Reformer.

    In August 2012, Mohamed Morsi, Egyptian president and leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, appointed general Abdel Fattah as-Sisi, then head of military intelligence, as minister of defense in place of Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi. Given his leadership

  • Al-Qaeda Still Using CIA-Provided Missiles in Syria

    Video posted online Monday shows the al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), using U.S.-supplied TOW missiles in its ongoing campaign against Assad regime forces in the northern province of Idlib. The video was published by Ebaa News,

  • If India and Pakistan Go to War, Israeli Weapons Could Be Decisive

    As India and Pakistan contemplate their next moves amid rising tensions, airstrikes and the downing of an Indian warplane, Israeli weapons could play a decisive role in a future war. India has become a key defense partner for Israel in recent years with