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ISIS announced through a video recording that it slaughtered American Journalist James Foley who was kidnapped in Syria in 2012.
The American television network Fox News reported that even under President Sīsī, Copts in Egypt still feel isolated and persecuted. One Coptic activist said “we are always the weakest group in society, so when anything happens in any country we are always the first victims.”  (7 May, 2015, Bawābat...
Thousands of young people from Western countries have gone to Syria during recent years to fight under the black flag of what Prof. Schleifer calls “the most brutal and threateningly successful jihadist group, calling itself the Islamic State.” The British Tony Blair Foundation recently published a...
The fight against IS must also be fought in ideological terms. Egyptian Sheikh Dr. Muhammad Salah, who speaks the language of Salafi Muslims, is eager to play a role in this effort. This is the background of my contribution to the Op Ed page in Trouw.  
Excerpts: "WASHINGTON — Nearly 30,000 foreign recruits have now poured into Syria, many to join the Islamic State, a doubling of volunteers in just the past 12 months and stark evidence that an international effort to tighten borders, share intelligence and enforce antiterrorism laws is not...
As a student who signed up to study Arabic in the autumn of 2010, I looked forward to the third year of my degree (abroad in an Arabic-speaking country) with a lot of excitement – there were so many options to choose from. I had organised a three-month teaching placement in Muscat, Oman to begin in...
The tenth day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic Hijrī calendar is known as ‘Āshūrā’. This day, is a sacred day celebrated by both Sunnīs and Shī’ah Muslims alike albeit for different reasons. Despite sharing this day in common, it highlights differences and brings memories of unjustified...
Coptic Orthodox Pope Shenouda III is often praised, in particular by his own followers, for his ecumenical stances. The reality is, however, somewhat different, as the decisions of the Coptic Orthodox Holy Synod show. All synod meetings were presided over by Pope Shenouda, a strong and charismatic...
Thomas J. MacMaster is the real name of the blogger who claimed to be Syrian activist Amina Omari Abdallah al Araf, daughter of an American mother and a Syrian father, persecuted by Syrian authorities. The character was ficticious, but as original news are scarce from the secluded Arab country...

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