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 …

Sufism in UAE: A short history

THE LEVANT – By Dr. Haytham Mouzahem – There are few sources that talk about the history of mysticism in the Arab Gulf states and particularly in the United Arab Emirates. G.G. Lorimer, who is considered one of the best historians and geographers that described the Arabian Gulf at the beginning of the Twentieth century …

Our Friends in Riyadh

By Toby C.Jones  for www.jacobinmag.com –   Last Wednesday, a criminal court in Saudi Arabiasentenced Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, one of the kingdom’s most visible political dissidents, to death. Saudi authorities have justified the verdict in terms of national security. Convicted on vague charges of sedition, Al-Nimr was tried in a court established to judge …

Qatar and Saudi Arabia ‘have ignited time bomb by funding global spread of radical Islam’

THE LEVANT  – General Jonathan Shaw, Britain’s former Assistant Chief of the Defence Staff, says Qatar and Saudi Arabia responsible for spread of radical Islam. Qatar and Saudi Arabia have ignited a “time bomb” by funding the global spread of radical Islam, according to a former commander of British forces in Iraq. General Jonathan Shaw, …