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Is There Hope for Iraq?

Peter Van Buren

Is there hope for Iraq? It depends on what you are hoping for.

It is becoming clearer that there is little hope of destroying the Islamic State in Iraq. 1,128 more words


Iraq exists only as an idea, not a nation

By Fareed Zakaria
Thursday, May 28, 2015

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter did misspeak last week with remarks that caused a firestorm in both Washington and Baghdad. 764 more words

Washington Post

Nader Shah Afshar (r. 1736-1747): A Short Overview of the Career of an 18th-Century Iranian Conqueror

Perhaps one of the most significant rulers of Iran in the post-Safavid period was Nāder Shah Afshar (r. 1736-1747). Although most students of Islamic history are somewhat familiar with the Safavid rulers (1501-1722) or the later Qajar sovereigns (1785-1925), Nāder Shah and the Afsharid dynasty that he founded are usually less well known. 2,484 more words

Isma'il ibn Ali al-Razi (d. 1054) on Umar b. al-Khattab's Honoring of al-Hasan b. Ali and al-Husayn b. Ali

The following tradition is taken from an eleventh-century work by the Persian Muslim scholar Ismā‘īl ibn ‘Alī ibn al-Ḥasan al-Rāzī (d. 445/1054) entitled Kitāb al-Muwāfaqa bayn Ahl al-Bayt wa-l Ṣaḥaba.  619 more words


Islamic History, part 28: Islamic legal terms

Islamic History Series

If I listed all the caveats I should list about this episode of our series, this post would be nothing but caveats. Suffice it to say that there are lots of people who spend their entire lives pursuing a study of Law, and lots of people who spend their entire lives pursuing a study of Islamic Law in particular, and I am not either of those kinds of people. 2,740 more words


Egypt Police General Killed In Sinai Roadside Bomb

A roadside bombing in Egypt’s restive North Sinai has killed an Egyptian police brigadier general, one of the most high-profile victims of an Islamic insurgency in the area. 146 more words


Islamic State Shoot Dead 20 In Palmyra Amphitheatre

Militants from the Islamic State executed at least 20 men accused of being government supporters, shooting them dead inside an ancient amphitheatre in the Syrian city of Palmyra. 180 more words