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The Saudis’ Religious Legacy

The Saudis’ Religious Legacy

It is difficult to glean the actual impetus behind the initial decision to ban the broadcast in the first place. The scenes from the holy mosques are emotive to a lot of observant Muslims and cement Saudi Arabia’s role as the custodian of the holy mosques and an Islamic center. They are also powerful showcases of the state’s organizational prowess in pulling off such seminal events hosting millions of faithful every year.

How Western Muslims Fare May Foretell the Future

Canary in the Coal Mine

Honest historians see two different impulses in the chronicles of the West. In one, the West respects what it considers to be “the Other.” But we also know of another side of the West, like the “Reconquista” of Al-Andalus, resulting in a Jewish- and Muslim-free Iberian peninsula.

In Bosnia, the ‘Eastern Question’ Is Rising Again

In Bosnia, the ‘Eastern Question’ Is Rising Again

With tensions within Bosnia escalating rapidly – encouraged by some European leaders – many have begun to wonder, how many times will the centuries-old “Eastern Question” reappear in today’s Europe?

A Saudi Interfaith Cultural Center Is Leaving Vienna — But For All the Wrong Reasons

A Saudi Interfaith Cultural Center Is Leaving Vienna — But For All the Wrong Reasons

"And that’s the amazing thing: that most critics, especially in Austria, haven’t even bothered to go to the website to see what it does,” Rosen told New Lines. In spite of his aforementioned hesitance about becoming involved with KAICIID, he believes the project has been worthwhile.

For Syria’s Alawites, the Dissenters and the Regime Are Never Remote

For Syria’s Alawites, the Dissenters and the Regime Are Never Remote

The officer explained that he advocated against granting me a visa because of my political past, a punitive measure intended to vindictively instill in us the notion that escape is impossible. Not only had we failed to prevent Hafez al-Assad’s ascension to power, we now had to live with the consequences.

The Heretical Harmony of Sabah Fakhri

The Heretical Harmony of Sabah Fakhri

He was deeply saddened by the destruction that had befallen the Citadel of Aleppo in recent years, privately mourning the loss of the amphitheater and the old market of Aleppo that launched his career, for Aleppo remained a jewel in his heart until his dying breath.

Ukraine Embraces its Jewish Minority, and Reckons with its Traumatic History

Ukraine Embraces its Jewish Minority, and Reckons with its Traumatic History

Add it all up, and Ukraine’s Jews are witnessing an unprecedented embrace. “Jews are more accepted today in Ukraine than at any time in its history,” said David Fishman, a professor at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America who teaches in Kyiv and has written about Ukraine’s Jews.