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From Sudan's Mahdi to IS' Caliph

From Sudan's Mahdi to IS' Caliph Categories: Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Sudan     Author: Giora Eliraz

The idea of the Mahdi in Islam is strongly linked to Muslim messianic, apocalyptic traditions. According to these, the Mahdi (lit. "the guided one"), is said to appear shortly before the Day of Judgment in order to restore Islam to its former glory by removing evil and re-establishing righteousness.

Of Cartoons and Conspiracy Theories

Of Cartoons and Conspiracy Theories Categories: Europe, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Paul Berman

So there is a new issue of Charlie Hebdo, and the cover cartoon, by Luz, is a masterpiece. On a field of green, a white-turbaned and robed Prophet Muhammad, bug-eyed with horror, a giant tear falling on his cheek, holds a placard saying, "Je suis Charlie," which is the same slogan that dominated the

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Fraternal Rivals

Fraternal Rivals Categories: Iran, Islamic Extremism, Middle East, Palestinians     Author: Jonathan D. Halevi

The State of the Islamic Caliphate (known as the Islamic State, IS, ISIS, ISIL, or Daesh), which was declared by self-appointed caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, has fundamentally altered the reality of the Middle East and threatens to reshuffle the geopolitical cards, change the map of existing state bo

Abu Sayyaf - Jihadists or ordinary thugs?

Abu Sayyaf - Jihadists or ordinary thugs? Categories: Asia, Islamic Extremism, Terrorism     Author: Zachary Abuza

The Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) has returned to the international spotlight following its July pledge of allegiance to ISIS and its 24 September threat to behead a 71-year-old German hostage unless a US$5.6 million ransom was paid and Germany pledged to quit the coalition attacking the Islamic State. Bot

Scribblings: Reality and Racism Categories: Islamic Extremism, Israel     Author: Tzvi Fleischer

There has been a lot of talk in the media about how Israel is supposedly becoming a more right-wing, less democratic and more "racist" society. Anecdotal evidence cited to support this view usually includes things like controversial Israeli legislative proposals, incidents of racist violence or vand

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