The not-so-strange resilience of Takfarism

Check out the article by Sheikh Habib Ali Al Jifri, "Why is there no serious effort to counter takfir ideology?"I'm glad to see this article being run in a prominent Emirati newspaper, as the Gulf is at the heart of this problem. One hopes that's a sign of some sympathy for real reform, as opposed to shrewd geopolitical optics.Unlike in the case of most thorny social or political problems, I think this question can be answered very simply, for it stares us in the face: The reason … [Read more...]

Anders Breivik and Islamofascism’s youthful bloom

There's a great piece on exploring the sad overlap between the worldview of Norway's mad Islamophobe murderer Anders Breivik and the thinking of significant swathes of political life in Western countries today, especially on the Right. His mindset and hate are hardly unheard-of in these polarized times.Oxford historian Tim Stanley makes many good points. The one you ear least often but which I think in a lot of ways is the most important concerns the very recent vintage of … [Read more...]

The MSM’s new “Jihadism vs. McSufism” narrative

Br. Yahya Birtfrom across the pond was so kind as to inform me of a much better and more thought-provoking link regarding the place of Sufism in the GWOT than the article in Time magazine that I shared earlier, so I'm passing it on. I explained  in the post's comments (reproduced below) why, despite my agreement with some of the Times article's underlying premises, I didn't like the piece much. As usual in MSM discussions of Sufism, the article … [Read more...]

Report on the Arabic Blogosphere

Dustin over at His Peace Upon Us, a thoughtful and recommended new Christian blog dedicated to dialogue between Christians and Muslims, reports on  a very interesting study of the Arabic-language Blogosphere.  Its title is "Mapping the Arabic Blogosphere: Politics, Culture, and Dissent" and its authors are Bruce Etling, John Kelly, Robert Faris, and John Palfrey. Dustin writes:The Berkman Center for Internet Study and Security did a massive study on the … [Read more...]

Umar Lee on history of Salafi dawah

Check out Umar Lee's "The rise and fall of the ’salafi dawah’ in the US".Haven't read it yet, but skimmed it and it looks fascinating. … [Read more...]

One man’s passage through Wahhabism and the beef with pigs

[Reposted because I'd left out the link to the article in question.] There's a another interesting article in the Washington Post series on Wahhabism in America.  It looks at the ups and downs of Wahhabism among American Muslims through the spiritual journey of one person, fellow blogger Khaleel Moore. [HT: Koonj] In case you're wondering, I'm not obsessed with the W-word.  It just keeps coming up in my surfing these days. Just noticed that Br. Khaleel's legal name is … [Read more...]

Yet more on Wahhabism

I'm going to try to briefly respond to a reader's thoughtful criticisms of my observations on Wahhabism/Salafism. I disagree with it strongly on numerous counts, but I appreciate and respect the commentor's perspective, and hope he'll take my response in the constructive spirit it is intended. First, I want to emphasize that I am NOT interested in bashing Wahhabis and, as I said, I have been known to defend them when I thought they were getting a bum rap. My interest is in an honest and … [Read more...]

More on WoPo piece on Salafism

I had composed a long, detailed magnum opus the other night responding to the Washington Post piece mentioned previously, when the fate that bloggers fear worse than death befell me.  My PC rebooted suddenly, completely unbidden, just as I was reaching a crescendo.   I think I triggered an unknown keyboard shortcut for shutting down.  It was enough to make me howl into the inky sky. Perhaps it was a sign from on High that I wasn't supposed to be watching my all-time favorite … [Read more...]