All you need to know about Uighur “Jihadis” in Syria- Interview with Haytham Mouzahem

The Levant News — Here is an interview with Dr. Haytham Mouzahem, President of Beirut Center For Middle East Studies, regarding the Uighur fighters in Syria: Q- Is there now clear and undisputed evidence emerging from Syria of a significant Uighur presence? What is their number? I have seen everything from 100 up to several …

Mustafa Badreddine Is Killed in Syria by Takfiris

By ANNE BARNARD and SEWELL CHANMAY for New York Times — Mustafa Amine Badreddine died in a “huge blast” near the Damascus airport, the group’s television network said. Credit Hezbollah, via Associated Press BEIRUT, Lebanon — In his more than three-decade career as a militant operative, Mustafa Amine Badreddine embraced an array of real and …

The Rise of “Jihadi Salafism”: From “Ikhwan” to ISIS

The Levant News Exclusive — By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — The term of “Jihadi Salafism” The Salafist and Wahhabist strains of radical Islam and their differences are worth understanding, as both ideologies have become more influential in the Middle East and North Africa since the Arab Spring revolutions. Salafi jihadism or Jihadist-Salafism is a transnational …

Al-Qaeda, ISIS, And The Shia

By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* “Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula”(AQAP), based in Yemen, has significantly denied its involvement in Sanaa’s suicide bombs in the Shia Zaidi mosques, which are frequented by followers of the Houthi “Ansarullah” group, saying it is against its principles to target mosques. The organization announced in a statement that it “abides by …

Judaism admitted Muslim doctrinal notions such as divine unicity: Sabine Schmidtke

THE LEVANT NEWS –By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem — The German researcher Sabine Schmidtke (born in 1964) is German scholar and Professor for Islamic Studies and Director of the Research Unit Intellectual History of the Islamicate World at Freie Universität Berlin. She has a BA (summa cum laude) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (1986), an …

The Shias in Lebanon: A Short History

THE LEVANT NEWS EXCLUSIVE – By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem* — The Shias of Lebanon gained global reputation in the early 1980s of the 20th century with the emergence of Hezbollah and its military operations against the Israeli occupation in Lebanon. Hence; their destiny came to be synonymous with that of Hezbollah and Amal’s movement, in …