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Islam and Good Governance A Political Philosophy of Ihsan

Islam and Good Governance: A Political Philosophy of Ihsan

Book Reviews

Questions about Islam’s compatibility with democracy, its relationship with terrorism and the lack of good governance in Muslim countries have...

Israeli Practices of Governance in Palestine

Israeli Practices of Governance in Palestine

Articles

By the standards of historical and anthropological scholarship, Israel constitutes a colonial settler regime whose certain features may differ from...

Yemen in the International Security Agenda The Context of Tribalism

Yemen in the International Security Agenda: The Context of Tribalism, Sectarianism, and Intervention

Review Article

Yemen’s socio-political structure has a close connection with the tribes. Unlike the central and southern parts of the country, Yemen’s extreme...

The Status and Significance of Bayt al-Maqdis in Islam

The Status and Significance of Bayt al-Maqdis in Islam

Commentaries

In this commentary, the status and significance of Bayt al-Maqdis in Islam is discussed from a religious perspective. The importance of Bayt...

The Taliban Reader War Islam and Politics

The Taliban Reader: War, Islam and Politics

Book Reviews

The Taliban Reader represents a collection of diversified primary sources associated with the Taliban movement that renders a comprehensive frame...

From Ballots to Bullets Arab Uprising and the Reoccurrence of

From Ballots to Bullets: Arab Uprising and the Reoccurrence of Authoritarian Politics

Review Article

Since the end of the Cold War, much of the turmoil in the Middle East has been caused by the religiopolitical identity of different countries of...

Chasing the Dream The Salman Doctrine and Saudi Arabia s

Chasing the Dream: The Salman Doctrine and Saudi Arabia’s Bid for Regional Dominance

Commentaries

Saudi Arabia’s massive air campaign against the Houthi rebels in Yemen initiated a major shift from the Kingdom’s traditional policy of restraint,...

The Paradox of Inclusion Exclusion of Islamist Parties in Tunisia

The Paradox of Inclusion/Exclusion of Islamist Parties in Tunisia and Jordan after the Arab Uprisings: A Comparative Study

Articles

The public protests that engulfed most Arab regimes in 2011 have since opened a Pandora’s Box of democratization processes in the MENA region. One...

Turkey and Saudi Arabia as Theo-political Actors in the Balkans

Turkey and Saudi Arabia as Theo-political Actors in the Balkans: The Case of Bulgaria

Articles

Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been increasingly utilizing religious services as an instrument in their foreign policies. One of the most recent...

Iran s Military Capability The Structure and Strength of Forces

Iran’s Military Capability: The Structure and Strength of Forces

Articles

Economic upheaval in the post-revolutionary period, its ideological concerns, the lessons of the war with Iraq and the drive to assert regional...

Transformation of Political Islam in Turkey Causes and Effects

Transformation of Political Islam in Turkey: Causes and Effects

Book Reviews

In Transformation of Political Islam in Turkey: Causes and Effects, Hakan Köni focuses on Turkish Political Islam’s (TPI) transformation in terms...

What Is the Sharia

What Is the Sharia?

Book Reviews

Relevant to contemporary times when Sharia, generally referred to as Islamic law, has been associated with numerous negative connotations –ranging...

Ibn Khaldun An Intellectual Biography

Ibn Khaldun: An Intellectual Biography

Book Reviews

The Muqaddima (Prolegomena) is the main work that made Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) eminent not only in historiography, civilization studies,...

Journey into Europe Islam Immigration and Identity

Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity

Book Reviews

Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity is the last installment of a four-volume series written by Prof. Akbar Ahmed. The text is...

Salman s Legacy The Dilemmas of a New Era in

Salman’s Legacy: The Dilemmas of a New Era in Saudi Arabia

Book Reviews

The turbulent changes witnessed in Saudi Arabia ever since the appointment of Mohhamad Bin Salman (MBS) as the Crown Prince has shifted the focus...

Persuading through Culture Values and Ideas The Case of Turkey

Persuading through Culture, Values, and Ideas: The Case of Turkey’s Cultural Diplomacy

Articles

Cultural diplomacy always links to and often overlaps with soft power and public diplomacy. Thus, the three notions have entered the lexicon of...

The Role of Croatia in Bosnia and Herzegovina Antemurale Christianitatis

The Role of Croatia in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Antemurale Christianitatis as a Policy of Choice

Commentaries

The commentary deals with the history of Croatian interference in BiH in the context of the place that BiH and its Muslims hold in the development...

The New Political Islam Human Rights Democracy and Justice

The New Political Islam: Human Rights, Democracy and Justice

Book Reviews

After September 11, Islamophobic approaches in society have become more widespread, and have been observed to appear more regularly. However,...

Political Islam in Tunisia The History of Ennahda

Political Islam in Tunisia: The History of Ennahda

Book Reviews

The Middle East is a region of far-reaching importance due to past and current events in global politics. Of the many different dynamics and...

Terrorism in Africa The Rise of Islamist Extremism and Jihadism

Terrorism in Africa: The Rise of Islamist Extremism and Jihadism

Articles

Africa is the springboard for al-Qaeda’s global terrorism in modern history. The U.S. Embassy bombings in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi,...

Iran s Scramble for Sub-Saharan Africa

Iran’s Scramble for Sub-Saharan Africa

Articles

Fueled by the Iranian oil revenues, Tehran, under both the rule of Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (1941-1979) and since 1979 the Islamic Republic of...

Writing Malaysia and the Moro Identity An Analysis of the

Writing Malaysia and the Moro Identity: An Analysis of the Moro National Liberation Front’s Foreign Policy

Articles

Malaysia began supporting the MNLF when the group emerged in the 1970s. In recent years, however, the relationship between Malaysia and the MNLF...

Ottoman Cash Waqfs An Alternative Financial System

Ottoman Cash Waqfs: An Alternative Financial System

Articles

The institutions of “waqfs,” that is foundations, stand before us as an intermediate option between collectivist and individualistic societies....

Turkey s Comeback to Central Asia

Turkey’s Comeback to Central Asia

Commentaries

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Turkey emerged as an influential player in the Muslim and ethnically Turkic republics of Central Asia....

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