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Syria: bottom line questions

Graham E. Fuller — The Trump administration has just delivered several dozen military strikes against Syria purportedly aimed at chemical production and storage facilities. It was an act the international community feared might lead to overt war in Syria between the US, Iran and Russia, but it came off a bit …

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The Return of Sufism to the UAE

By Haytham Mouzahem* The past two decades have witnessed a reemergence of Sufism in the Gulf states. The phenomenon may be understood, in part, as a reaction to the extremism of “Salafi jihadism”: Gulf states opposed to the extremist strand have begun to welcome Sufi scholars from other Muslim countries …

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In Wake of Gaza Massacre, Israeli Leaders Should Be Prosecuted for War Crimes

By Marjorie Cohn On March 30, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers shot 773 unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza, killing 17 and wounding 1,400. Twenty remain in critical condition. The protesters were marching to demand the internationally mandated right of return of refugees to their cities and villages in what now constitutes Israel. …

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My New Novel, BEAR

by Graham E. Fuller (grahamefuller.com), 2 April 2018   I am happy to announce to interested readers the publication of my new novel, BEAR. Some may recall from my blog a few years back the publication of my first novel: “Breaking Faith: a novel of espionage and an American’s crisis …

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Sufi Followers of Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem – This article first appeared on the Mesbar Studies and Research Centre — A few years ago, Al-Mesbar Center published a book entitled “Sufism in Saudi Arabia and the Gulf.” I found the publication remarkable in its context, in light of Saudi Arabia’s adoptions of a Salafi doctrine …

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Flexing your Intellectual Muscles: Indo-Pacific Conflict Scenarios, in Fact and Fiction!

By Emad El-Din Aysha, PhD*   Attended a very interesting lecture the other day with a deceptively simple title: “The Dynamics of the Indo-Pacific Region: The Challenges and Opportunities for Japan”, by Professor Satoru Mori from the Hosei University in Tokyo, Japan. (Faculty of Law, Department of Global Politics; little …

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The rapprochement between India and Israel

By Geoffrey Cook*   The friendly ties between India and Israel are only about twenty years old whereas rapprochement  started haltingly five years earlier in 1992.  They have become most friendly with the rise of the Narendra Modi and his Islamophobic BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) during 2014. Today their ties …

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The development of religious authority in Iran

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem – first appeared on Almesbar site – After the Islamic conquest of the Persian Empire, many Persians converted to Islam and, over time, came to embrace its tenets. An outsize number became prominent scholars and eventually drivers in all fields of Islamic knowledge, including theology, philosophy, …

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BOOK REVIEW – Back to the Future: Ahmed Al-Mahdi Charts a Course through the Arabic Winter of Discontent!

If you remember, Ahmed Salah Al-Mahdi wrote a stunning post-apocalyptic sci-fi novel called Malaaz: City of Resurrection. Now he’s written the long anticipated prequel, The Black Winter (2018), launched at the Cairo international book festival – and with the help of Amna, a Jordanian publishing house no less. To add …

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Valentine’s Day and the Need for Sufism

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — Last week, on Valentine’s Day in Saudi Arabia, prominent cleric Ahmed Qasim al-Ghamdi — a former director-general of the “Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice, the kingdom’s “religious police” — made a remarkable statement. He opined that Valentine’s Day is a …

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Iran’s response to the development of security planning and the challenges facing the West of Asia

By Sajad Abedi   During the years after the Islamic Revolution of Iran, national security considerations have undergone various changes. Changes have been conducted in the light of the pursuit and continuation of some of the great features of the Islamic Republic’s holy system. The country’s security considerations are divided …

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Who is containing whom?

by Graham E. Fuller Over the years “containment” has been a key US political instrument by which it has sought to isolate, starve out, or excommunicate from the “international community” regimes unwilling to accept the US-dominated world order. Yet the great irony today is that this very US policy of …

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A New Approach to Information Management

By Sajad Abedi   The American people, both directly and through their representatives, are more focused on organizing and conducting the work of intelligence agencies than ever before. Because intelligence operations play such an important role in life and security. From September 11th, terrorism and weapons of mass destruction that …

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Saudi Women and the Economy

by Mohammad Zayed* — In a historic step towards economic and social reforms following the falling of oil prices by more than 50%, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz has recently declared the lifting of the long-standing ban on women driving in the kingdom (the only country in the world that …

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Iran—On the Brink?

by Graham E. Fuller* — With the emergence of demonstrations and rioting in various Iranian cities earlier this month, Washington’s neoconservatives and interventionist/ imperial-minded “liberals” have been given a new lease on life in promoting their aspirations for “regime change” in Tehran. Indeed, of the three current potential global flashpoints—North …

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Battle of Karbalā and Martyrdom of Imam Hussein

WRITTEN BY: The Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica Battle of Karbalāʾ, (October 10, 680 [10th of Muharram, AH 61]), brief military engagement in which a small party led by al-Ḥusayn ibn ʿAlī, grandson of the Prophet Muhammad and son of ʿAlī, the fourth caliph, was defeated and massacred by an army sent by the Umayyad caliph Yazīd I. …

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