What Is Arabic Philosophy?

The Islamic world contains an extraordinary range of intellectual traditions by Peter Adamson, Professor of Late Ancient and Arabic Philosophy at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and host of the podcast The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps There is, let us admit, something faintly comical about an academic field that cannot even decide what to call itself. It conjures up the sort of absurd scene that is so common in university life: the lengthy committee meeting devoted to working out what the committee’s remit should be, the tussle over the title of an endowed chair, the passionate debate waged … Continue reading What Is Arabic Philosophy?

Amazon, Google and other tech giants now protecting radical Islam while censoring Christianity

by: JD Heyes (Natural News) American Leftists are loathe to admit it because they are busy doing all they can to destroy our heritage and culture, but the United States was founded by followers of the Christian religion. That’s not even debatable. What’s also not debatable is that those same Christian founders were well aware that not all humans believed in the same set of theological principles or the same god, and that is reflected in the First Amendment, which specifically prohibits local, state, and federal governments from establishing a monolithic official religion. But that constitutional prohibition doesn’t seem to be … Continue reading Amazon, Google and other tech giants now protecting radical Islam while censoring Christianity

The True Origins of ISIS

A poster in Baghdad depicts a man painting over a picture of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.MOHAMMED HATO / AP A secret biography suggests that Abu Ali al-Anbari defined the group’s radical approach more than any other person. by Hassan Hassan Co-author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror Most historians of the Islamic State agree that the group emerged out of al-Qaeda in Iraq as a response to the U.S. invasion in 2003. They also agree that it was shaped primarily by a Jordanian jihadist and the eventual head of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The Jordanian had a dark vision: He … Continue reading The True Origins of ISIS

Forging Islamic science

Detail from a contemporary fake miniature, purporting to be from the 17th-century, depicting Ottoman-era scholars observing the night sky through telescopes. Allegedly from the Istanbul University Library. Photo by DEA/Getty Fake miniatures depicting Islamic science have found their way into the most august of libraries and history books. How? Nir Shafir is a historian of the early modern Ottoman Empire at the University of California, San Diego. He is editor-in-chief of the Ottoman History Podcast. Edited by Sally Davies As I prepared to teach my class ‘Science and Islam’ last spring, I noticed something peculiar about the book I was about to assign to … Continue reading Forging Islamic science

The Secret Lives of HIV-Positive Men in Iran

The theocrats say they want to help, but those in the Iranian LGBTQ community worry that’s just a way of outing them. And so, they turn to black markets for drugs and foreign social networks for community Hussein Kesvani Writer, UK/Europe editor for MEL Ahmad was 19 when he found out he’d been infected with HIV via sex with a man he was secretly dating casually. Like all the other people Ahmad knew with HIV in Tehran, the man didn’t tell him he was HIV-positive before they started sleeping together. “It’s a taboo to even talk openly about sex here,” … Continue reading The Secret Lives of HIV-Positive Men in Iran

The ‘Jihottie’ Who Stole Her Heart

by Hussein Kesvani Was he merely an ISIS plant meant to radicalize her to join the fight in Syria? Or was he the attractive, conflicted fighter she believed him to be? The inside story of one Indian woman’s online love affair with an ISIS fighter. For the last three years, Priya’s social media feeds have been filled with tiny, lovelorn pleas sent out into the void. Things like: “I miss you, please come back”; “I am waiting for you, please tell me you are okay”; and maybe most tellingly, “After everything… I declare without any shame, or hesitation… I love you… … Continue reading The ‘Jihottie’ Who Stole Her Heart

There is no Muslim world

A Gathering of Holy Men of Different Faiths by Mir Kalan Khan, Mughal Empire, c1770-75. Mir Kalan Khan incorporated Europeanising elements into both his motifs and his technique. Photo courtesy Met Museum, New York Islamists and Western pundits speak of ‘the West’ and ‘the Muslim world’ but such tribalism is dangerous colonial propaganda Cemil Aydin is professor of global history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of The Idea of the Muslim World: A Global Intellectual History (2017). Edited by Sam Haselby On 17 May 1919 in Paris, three Indian Muslim leaders met the United States’ president Woodrow Wilson to … Continue reading There is no Muslim world