Radical Islamism

Islamism: Contextualist or Essentialist? Or Both?
Islamism: Contextualist or Essentialist? Or Both?

In an excellent review of Shadi Hamid and Will McCants’ Rethinking Political Islam, Olivier Roy says there are generally two ways to think about Islamism: contextualist or essentialist.

Forgotten Christian History in Turkey: Review of Byzantium’s Other Empire: Trebizond
Forgotten Christian History in Turkey: Review of Byzantium’s Other Empire: Trebizond

While Turkey’s government turns former churches like Hagia Sophia Trebizond into mosques, Byzantium’s Other Empire: Trebizond helps preserve the past rather than obliterate it.

America’s Long War: The Post-September 11 Challenge
America’s Long War: The Post-September 11 Challenge

One of the hardest things for the American people to understand about the war unleashed on September 11 is that, 16 years in, we may be closer to its beginning than its conclusion.

The Ever Growing Refugee Crisis
The Ever Growing Refugee Crisis

Despite the fact that Syria and Iraq have been struggling with humanitarian crises, the reality of Christian minorities in both countries may be worlds apart.

Love and Defend America: Reflections from Rebeccah Heinrichs
Love and Defend America: Reflections from Rebeccah Heinrichs

Serious praise of America by prominent Christian thinkers was hard to find this Independence Day, but we should be willing to appreciate and defend her.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte
Rodrigo Duterte and Heaven’s Justice

With Duterte, many felt heaven’s justice had come, wielding (symbolically and literally) the sword entrusted to government against evildoers. And despite international criticism, the Filipino people widely approve of the Duterte way. When offered the choice between vigilante justice and no justice at all, a downtrodden people will choose the former every time.

Defeating Jihad Book Cover Sebastian Gorka Book Review
Muhammad en marche? Review of Gorka’s Defeating Jihad

Largely absent from the mainstream media’s barrage against Sebastian Gorka is genuine scholarly discussion of his high-grossing Defeating Jihad.

Caliphate Loses its Last Stronghold in Mosul
Caliphate Loses its Last Stronghold in Mosul

Heavy fighting continues in the cramped streets of Old Mosul even though the Iraqi flag flies over virtually every neighborhood after an epic urban battle not seen since World War II.

Will Christianity Survive in the Middle East? A Christian Perspective
Will Christianity Survive in the Middle East? A Christian Perspective

It is imperative that we understand that a Middle East devoid of Christians and other religious minorities would be a tragedy—a tragedy not only for Christians and others who have lived in the Middle East for centuries, but a tragedy for an outward-looking and tolerant Islam.