(RNS) “If you do not understand the messianic and apocalyptic imagery used by all sides, and how wide-ranging those images were among all classes, all groups, all nations, you cannot hope to understand the war,” scholar Philip Jenkins says.
Articles tagged “Islam”
(RNS) The last caliph reigned from the seat of the Ottoman Empire — that’s Turkey to you — until he was deposed in1924. Since then many Islamic groups have called for the re-establishment of the caliphate. So how big is the new caliphate, and what does it all mean?
(RNS) Confused about the difference between Sunni and Shiite Muslims, whose conflict has accelerated in Iraq again? Here’s a primer so you can sound smart at the water cooler.
WASHINGTON (RNS) Brace for more bus ads as advocates seek PR mileage praising or decrying Islam and the Quran.
NEW YORK (RNS) It’s hard to believe that supporters of bans on foreign law are genuinely concerned about the purported ills of foreign law when they are so ready to make concessions. Instead, “foreign law” provides a convenient fig leaf for supporters to stir up misconceptions and fear about Muslims.
(RNS) Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono may be the first Indonesian president to acknowledge publicly he believes in witchcraft. In a recently published memoir, he describes a “horror movie” style encounter with black magic at his residence.
(RNS) Pope Francis is planning to visit Jordan, Israel and the West Bank in May. But the itinerary of the brief trip is sparking debate even before details of the papal pilgrimage have been finalized.
“Muslim stand-up comedy is nothing new. But what makes “The Muslims Are Coming” different is that it portrays what happens when a troupe of comedians performs before red state Americans in such places as Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Arizona, Utah and Idaho.”