How Ertugrul Resurrected the Muslim Imagination
Opinion

How Ertugrul Resurrected the Muslim Imagination

This piece contains spoilers for the TV series Dirilis: Ertugrul (Resurrection: Ertugrul). It was called Lion of the Desert. The film, funded by Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and directed by Moustapha Akkad, told the story of Omar Mukhtar, the legendary Libyan and Senussi revolutionary who fought against Italian colonialism during the early 20th century.  As…

Russia’s Red Sea Base in Sudan Is a Recalibration of Its Intra-Ummah Balancing Act
Opinion

Russia’s Red Sea Base in Sudan Is a Recalibration of Its Intra-Ummah Balancing Act

Russia’s draft deal to open up a Red Sea naval base in Sudan amounts to a strategic recalibration of its careful “balancing” act between the GCC and Turkey after moving more closely to the latter following the end of the Nagorno-Karabakh War, which in turn shows how important Moscow regards its “Ummah Pivot” as being…

The Uyghur Issue: How Can the U.S. Dare Lecturing China About the Rights of the Muslims?
Opinion

The Uyghur Issue: How Can the U.S. Dare Lecturing China About the Rights of the Muslims?

This article by the late Andre Vltchek was first published in 2019. In 2019, I have written a long analysis about “the Uyghur issue”; analysis which will be soon published as a book. For some time, I have been warning the world that the West, and the United States in particular, are helping to radicalize…

Muslim Boycott Threats and Politics Play Out in Attacks on ‘Mentally Ill’ Macron as He Ups the Rhetoric Against Islamists
Opinion

Muslim Boycott Threats and Politics Play Out in Attacks on ‘Mentally Ill’ Macron as He Ups the Rhetoric Against Islamists

The French President’s politically-loaded remarks over a teacher’s beheading have drawn insults from Muslim leaders across the world, but the ongoing battle between Islam and secular France remains very much a domestic concern. President Emmanuel Macron brought down the wrath of Islam upon his own impeccably groomed head this weekend but amid all the insults,…

COVID-19: How 3 Prior Pandemics Triggered Massive Societal Shifts
History

COVID-19: How 3 Prior Pandemics Triggered Massive Societal Shifts

Before March of this year, few probably thought disease could be a significant driver of human history. Not so anymore. People are beginning to understand that the little changes Covid-19 has already ushered in or accelerated – telemedicine, remote work, social distancing, the death of the handshake, online shopping, the virtual disappearance of cash and…

France’s Crisis’ with Islam: A Legacy of 200 Years of Colonial Brutality
Opinion

France’s Crisis’ with Islam: A Legacy of 200 Years of Colonial Brutality

France is in crisis. Official and unofficial Christian French radical extremism, legitimising itself under the umbrella of what the French ostentatiously call laicité, continues to increase its attacks on French and non-French Muslims. The Collectif contre l’islamophobie en France (CCIF) listed 1,043 Islamophobic incidents that occurred in 2019 (a 77 percent increase since 2017) – 68 physical attacks…