The mothers, through their politics of presence . . . become mediators between the state and the absentee, negotiating the…
Releasing the umma from geopolitics
Read as a work of care, Cemil Aydın’s book releases the umma-concept from its geopolitical formation. This leaves the umma…
The Islamic State’s intellectual genealogy (and what you need to read to understand it)
Graeme Wood’s “What ISIS Really Wants,” published in The Atlantic in February 2015, sparked a massive debate. The controversy concerns…
The season of revolution
The online journal Interface: A Forum for and about Social Movements dedicates much of its most recent issue to the "Arab Spring."
Alawites, Alevis, and Assad
n a recent article in The New Republic, Soner Cagaptay discusses how Syria's sectarian divisions could exacerbate current divisions in Turkey.
“The Rise of the Islamists”
The award-winning documentary radio program, America Abroad, has recently released a new documentary entitled, "The Rise of the Islamists."
Syrian secularism, a model?
Following up on a recent interview with Syrian president Bashar al-Assad on a special edition of the Charlie Rose Show,…