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Topic: Africa, Faith & Practice, Folk Islam
Prior to the rise of Islam, Somalis adhered to an ancient religion known as Ebbe Waaq, a complex polytheistic belief system. However, strong evidence also suggests pre-Islamic monotheism in the region, such as the Yibr clan who claim direct lineage…
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Topic: Africa, Faith & Practice, Folk Islam, China
The most memorable–and enjoyable–vacation our family has ever taken was in the mid-1980s, when we visited Xinjiang, in the far corner of northwest China.  At the time, my wife and I were missionaries in Pakistan and our two sons were…
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Topic: Africa, Faith & Practice, Folk Islam, China, Israel and Palestine, Middle East
In June of 2019, Arab Baptist Theological Seminary Professor of Islamic Studies Dr. Martin Accad wrote an article titled: “The Long-Awaited US Peace Plan, the So-Called “Deal of the Century,” Would Need a Whole Greater Deal of Justice to Succeed.”…
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Topic: Africa, Faith & Practice, Folk Islam, China, Israel and Palestine, Middle East, History & Politics, Middle East
There has been a dramatic decline in the number of Christians in the Middle East and they face some difficult dilemmas. At the time of the Islamic Conquests in the 7th century, a few thousand Muslim Arabs were ruling over…
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Topic: Africa, Faith & Practice, Folk Islam, China, Israel and Palestine, Middle East, History & Politics, Middle East, Middle East, Refugees
I was born in the same year Lebanon entered into what would become sixteen years of civil war. During the years of Syrian occupation, our people were killed, our women raped, our national resources plundered, and our dignity stolen. I remember…
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Topic: Africa, Faith & Practice, Folk Islam, China, Israel and Palestine, Middle East, History & Politics, Middle East, Middle East, Refugees, Middle East
“The perseverance of small, powerless drops of water dripping on the same rock, in the same place, ends by breaking the rock. In the same way, the power of faith with perseverance can break walls of hatred, of rejection, and…
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Topic: Africa, Faith & Practice, Folk Islam, China, Israel and Palestine, Middle East, History & Politics, Middle East, Middle East, Refugees, Middle East, History & Politics, Middle East
Although “realignment” has been the word of the month, it seems, in the world of Middle Eastern socio-political analysis, a likelier descriptor might be that of “making explicit that which has up to now remained implicit.” While US-Israeli relations and…
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Topic: Africa, Faith & Practice, Folk Islam, China, Israel and Palestine, Middle East, History & Politics, Middle East, Middle East, Refugees, Middle East, History & Politics, Middle East, Culture and Worldview, Identity, Middle East
I am a native Lebanese citizen. I was born and raised in Lebanon. I love Lebanon, despite the insecurity, uncertainty, and corruption that characterize the country, and despite having grown up during the civil war. Lebanon has left its mark…
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Topic: Africa, Faith & Practice, Folk Islam, China, Israel and Palestine, Middle East, History & Politics, Middle East, Middle East, Refugees, Middle East, History & Politics, Middle East, Culture and Worldview, Identity, Middle East, History & Politics, Middle East
President Trump’s first foreign trip includes Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the Vatican, an itinerary no other President has endeavored. Trump addressed the leaders of about 50 Muslim nations while in Saudi Arabia. While in the Holy Land, he met with…
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Topic: Africa, Faith & Practice, Folk Islam, China, Israel and Palestine, Middle East, History & Politics, Middle East, Middle East, Refugees, Middle East, History & Politics, Middle East, Culture and Worldview, Identity, Middle East, History & Politics, Middle East, American Muslims, Shariah Law
Before covering the various Muslim attitudes toward Shari’ah and Islamic law, a distinction needs to be made between those two concepts. There is considerable confusion about them which has contributed to interesting legal steps taken within some states in the…
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Topic: Africa, Faith & Practice, Folk Islam, China, Israel and Palestine, Middle East, History & Politics, Middle East, Middle East, Refugees, Middle East, History & Politics, Middle East, Culture and Worldview, Identity, Middle East, History & Politics, Middle East, American Muslims, Shariah Law, Europe, Muslim Women
Photographs of armed, male police officers forcing a Muslim woman to remove her over-garment on a public, French beach are currently trending on social media. The woman was told to remove her long sleeve top (revealing a tank top underneath)…
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Topic: Africa, Faith & Practice, Folk Islam, China, Israel and Palestine, Middle East, History & Politics, Middle East, Middle East, Refugees, Middle East, History & Politics, Middle East, Culture and Worldview, Identity, Middle East, History & Politics, Middle East, American Muslims, Shariah Law, Europe, Muslim Women, Middle East, Shariah Law
If sharia law is for Muslims, what is its place in a Muslim-majority nation? If the answer seems obvious, that may be part of the problem. But another part is understanding sharia law in the first place, and in a…
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