Category Archives: Islam Shia and Sunni

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Henry Corbin’s Iranian Islam published in Italian language

Iran Book News Agency has reported that the first volume of Henry Corbin’s ”Iranian Islam collection” has just been released in an Italian language edition. Although lesser known than many more…

An Alawite shrine destroyed by rebels.

The Alawites of Syria: is this the end for one Middle Eastern, Gnostic faith?

With tensions over Iran’s nuclear program growing, over the last twelve months in particular, the Syrian regime has been attacked by Western hawks and neoconservative pundits for providing a route…

J. B. Kelly (right) with Sheikh Rashid of Ajman, 1957.

Essays of Arabist J. B. Kelly published

Western states, unable to grasp the realities and politics of the Middle East, are once again pushing for intervention in the region. In this case it’s to arm Syrian “rebels”…

Prime Minister David Cameron: killing was "betrayal of Islam."

Terrorism, the West, and the real “Betrayal of Islam”

Last week, a British man of Nigerian origin beheaded a soldier on a crowded South London street, in the middle of the day. The killer, who had accomplices, reportedly shouted…

Sacred site: shrine of Hujr Ibn Adi Al Kindi before being desecrated.

Free Syrian Army desecrates Islamic holy shrine

The shrine of a companion of both Mohammed, the prophet of Islam, and Imam Ali has been desecrated in Adra, Damascus, Syria. The shrine of Hujr Ibn Adi Al-Kindi was reportedly…

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Saudi Arabia sentences pro-human rights Shi’a cleric to execution

Saudi Arabia has said it will execute a Shi’a cleric for “blasphemy.” Ayatollah Nimr Baqr al-Nimr, a leading voice against discrimination of the Shi’a in Saudi Arabia, was arrested in July…

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Hindu refugees in India protest Pakistani atrocities

About 100 Hindu refugees in India protested atrocities committed against the minority faith in Pakistan today. The protest, arranged by the Vishva Hindu Parishad (Word Hindu Forum), was held outside the…

The Hindu festival of Holi.

Holi celebrated by Hindus and Muslims in Uttar Pradesh

After 34 communal riots between Hindus and Muslims in the region last year, members of the two communities celebrated the Hindu holy festival of Holi, in the northern Indian state…

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Hijab: beyond the stereotype

“The hijab — the Muslim headscarf — is a simple item of clothing that has the power to represent complex and even contradictory ideas — from tradition and social conservatism…