Posts Tagged: Islam

ISIS: A Rumpus Roundup

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The Islamic State of Iraq in Syria, known better as ISIS, has operated in Syria and Iraq since 2003 as an offshoot of al-Qaeda—at least until al-Qaeda disavowed any connection. The military organization is neither a political party nor religious group, though membership primarily consists of Sunni Muslims, the “orthodox” branch of Islam and the religion’s largest sect (Baghdad’s government contains mostly Shiite Muslims).

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Fiction Becomes Islamic Punk Reality

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When Michael Muhammad Knight wrote his novel The Taqwacores, about Muslims playing punk music, he didn’t know his fictional story would end up throwing down roots in the real world.

But young Muslims read the book and saw themselves:

“I had a lot of guilt growing up about not doing the right thing or not being a good Muslim or a good Pakistani kid,” Khan says.

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What Buildings Would You Ban?

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“Fear, on one side, of watching Europe turn into “Eurabia“  —even if the demographics don’t justify such worries—and, on the other, of seeing centuries’ worth of social liberalization—including women’s suffrage and gay rights—fall apart in the face of religious conservatism, has led to the illegalization of an architectural form.

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