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Islam Beyond Borders The Umma in World Politics

Islam Beyond Borders: The Umma in World Politics

Book Reviews

With different meanings attached and without an overarching formal institution, the umma has nevertheless maintained strong symbolic, normative and...

The Persian Gulf Dilemma United in the West Divided in

The Persian Gulf Dilemma: United in the West, Divided in the Gulf

Review Article

Since the beginning of the 20th century, Western influence in the Persian Gulf has continued to expand; this process has also exposed several...

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...

Turkey’s New Approaches toward the PKK, Iraqi Kurds and the Kurdish Question


In a sharp break from the past, Turkey’s AK Party government now openly accepts the existence of a domestic Kurdish problem, and views it moreover...

Turkey's Northern Iraq Policy: Competing Perspectives


This article argues that Turkey's approach towards the Kurds of northern Iraq provides analysts with an opportunity to demonstrate that the...

Editor's Note

Editor's Notes

On July 10, 2008, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a historic visit to Baghdad following up the visit of Iraqi president Jelal...

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