RUMI’S UNTOLD STORY

by Shahram Shiva from near 30 years of research on Rumi http://www.rumi.net/about_rumi_main.htm Rumi is now one of the most widely read poets in America. I began translating Rumi in 1988, and performing his poetry in 1992. In all of these years I never thought that he would become so popular in the West in such …

Islamists at War in Turkey

The Levant News — by Graham E. Fuller — Last week witnessed what may be the last act of an unfolding struggle between two major Islamic movements in Turkey. Turkish president and leader of the AKP party Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused exiled Islamic leader Fethullah Gülen of plotting the failed coup against the government. Immediately …

Uyghur leader questions Pakistan’s silence on Beijing’s Ramadan ban

Uyghur leader Dolkun Issa accuses Pakistan of turning a blind eye to the Muslims of Beijing. The Levant News — Uyghur leader Dolkun Issa has questioned Pakistan’s silence on the Beijing imposed ban on Xinjian’s Muslim population from observing Ramadan. In a statement which has been widely circulated across East Asia, Issa said Pakistan which …

Iraq arrests Shiite militiamen for executing Sunnis in Fallujah

The Levant News — Iraqi authorities have arrested “a number” of Shiite militiamen accused of murdering dozens of Sunnis in the offensive to take back Fallujah from the Islamic State (IS). Iraq is investigating allegations that the majority Shiite Popular Mobilization Forces, which fought alongside Iraqi army forces in the fight for Fallujah, executed 49 …