The threat is not Islamic terrorism although that is a real and growing threat, especially in Europe, but increasingly in the United States. The threat is not about growing Muslim demographics although this is taking its toll in Europe, too. The threat is not even from the rise in influence of Islam across the globe. Those are genuine issues; Western leaders have so far failed adequately to respond to the threats they represent. The clear and present danger here eclipses all the others: If not curtailed, this risk could usher in the abandonment of the very intellectual freedoms on which our wider freedoms rest. It is our complicity in the rapid and so far unstoppable growth of direct Islamic and indeed Islamist control over whole departments and centers in a burgeoning number of Western universities in Europe and the USA. Do a handful of donations from Muslim governments to a number of European and American universities merit an entire article that starts out with claims that Western civilization is under threat?
Muslim scholars have called on immigrant Muslims to become involved in summoning non-Muslims to their faith. Indeed, the call on Muslim migrants to proselytize has become central in contemporary Islamic writings, not only in books, but also in sermons—many online on YouTube—and others on DVDs, and Islamic websites.
The strategies that the global Islamic media uses to promote conversion of Christians to Islam illustrate both the perceptions of Islamists and can expose themes to defend and promote in cultural and public diplomacy.
At this hour, the tension of the city has melted into the darkness.
In Alevi writings are many references to the unity of Muhammad and Ali , such as: A representation of the sword of Ali , the Zulfiqar in an Ottoman emblem. Each Imam represents a different aspect of the Universe. The Twelfth Imam is hidden and represents the Messianic Age. Plurality is the separation of pure consciousness from the divine source. The fact of plurality in nature is attributed to the infinite potential energy of Kull-i Nafs when it takes corporeal form as it descends into being from Allah.
For to love and to fall in love has been my fate from time immemorial. The perfect human being[ edit ] Main article: Although it is common to refer to Ali and Haji Bektash Veli or the other Alevi saints as manifestations of the perfect human being, the Perfect Human Being is also identified with our true identity as pure consciousness , hence the Qur"anic concept of human beings not having original sin, consciousness being pure and perfect.
The answers to these questions, instead of the opposite of what"s known by many people is that the birthplace of Alevism was never in Anatolia. This is an example of great ignorance, that is, to tell that the Alevism was emerged in Anatolia.
However, much has happened since it went up, including the Blogger outage. Scroll down for a report on that. More new posts will be added below this one. The essay below is the conclusion of the ninth part in a series by Takuan Seiyo. See the list at the bottom of this post for links to the previous installments. Their main endeavor has been to enforce their compulsory e.
But these risks, argued Idris, do not deny the merits of the Internet; they only emphasize the need for Muslims to further utilize these technologies in the service of Islam.
The consular bureau at the U. Department of State from the mid s until distributed a document titled" Marriage to Saudis ," offering straight-talking advice to American women contemplating tying the knot with Saudi men. As Martin Kramer describes what he calls"a minor classic by an anonymous diplomat": It is remarkable for its undiplomatic and anecdotal tone, so distant from the department"s standard bureaucratic style. For prospective spouses,"Marriage to Saudis" constituted an official tutorial in Saudi culture; for others, it served as a fascinating example of practical anthropology, school of hard knocks.
Here is a choice excerpt: The donning of the black abayas and face veils American citizen wives swear that the transformation in their Saudi husbands occurs during the transatlantic flight to the Kingdom. There is the universal recollection of approaching Riyadh and witnessing the donning of the black abayas and face veils by the fashionably dressed Saudi women. For many women, the Saudi airport is the first time they see their husband in Arab dress i. For those American women reluctant to wear an abaya the all-encompassing black cloak and for those Saudi husbands who did not make an issue of the abaya prior to arriving, the intense public scrutiny that starts at the airport—given to a western woman who is accompanying a Saudi male—is usually the catalyst for the eventual covering up.
Around 2 million currently visit during Hajj alone, the annual pilgrimage that happens during the last month of the Islamic calendar. But activists charge that the recent destructions are part of a much wider government campaign to rub out historical and religious sites across the Kingdom. Over the last few years, mosques and key sites dating from the time of Muhammad have been knocked down or destroyed, as have Ottoman-era mansions, ancient wells and stone bridges.
Though the Saudi rulers have a long history of destroying historical sites, activists say the pace and range of destruction has recently increased. In recent years, the twin forks of Wahhabi doctrine and urban development have speared most physical reminders of Islamic history in the heart of Mecca.
Back in Germany, a friend told him about a Turkish mosque in Mannheim, thirty kilometers from his home.
Territorial evolution of the Bosnian Kingdom Queen Catherine of Bosnia fled the Ottoman invasion, while her children, prince Sigismund of Bosnia and princess Catherine, were converted to Islam. The Bosnian state was significantly strengthened under the rule ca. In the s, Franciscan missions were launched against alleged"heresy" in Bosnia; prior to this, there had been no Catholics — or at least no Catholic clergy or organization — in Bosnia proper for nearly a century.
By the year , Stephen II was the first Bosnian ruler to accept Catholicism, which from then on came to be — at least nominally — the religion of all of Bosnia"s medieval rulers, except for possibly Stephen Ostoja of Bosnia — , —18 who continued to maintain close relations with the Bosnian Church. The Bosnian nobility would subsequently often undertake nominal oaths to quell"heretical movements" — in reality, however, the Bosnian state was characterized by a religious plurality and tolerance up until the Ottoman invasion of Bosnia in However, even with the emergence of a kingdom, no concrete Bosnian identity emerged; religious plurality, independent-minded nobility, and a rugged, mountainous terrain precluded cultural and political unity.
As Noel Malcolm stated: In , after a dispute over the tribute paid annually by the Bosnian Kingdom to the Ottomans, he sent for help from the Venetians.
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A complaint was sent to the Ombudsman last week alleging conflicts of interest should have prevented at least two councillors from voting. Dallas Kilponen Adem Cetinay, who had organised a petition opposing the monument, has written a page complaint that highlights links between Assyrian community groups and several councillors who voted for the monument. The decision was made in breach of the relevant legislation, guidelines and policies, and it is also irrational.
Andrew Rohan, who voted in favour of the monument, was president of the same body.
It is God"s will that Islam spreads; thus, attempts to dishonor it in the West are bound only to promote it.
Muslim holds key to sacred Christian site This is more than just tradition. It is the very essence of Jerusalem, part of what makes the Old City"s cultural and religious history so special. At this hour, the tension of the city has melted into the darkness. The narrow alleys are eerily quiet. As Joudeh makes his way through the city"s deserted streets, his footsteps are unnaturally loud, echoing off the walls of the empty stone streets.
Turkish Men & Your Holiday Romance
MacAuley details her experience dating a Turkish Muslim man, describing the hell and fear she lived in because he controlled every move she made, beat and raped her. I am a radical activist based in Washington DC. I fell in love with an energetic, charismatic activist I met in November when I was present to write about resistance to the G20 Summit, a global event in Antalya, Turkey. After I came home to the US, we talked every day.
The aim of that first diplomatic mission was to make contact with … Ottoman Empire Founded by Turkish tribes under Osman Bey in north-western Anatolia in
A Scandinavian hoard of coins found in Croydon c. His most famous work, … House of Wisdom — The House of Wisdom Bayt al-Hikma was a library, translation institute and research centre established in Abbasid-era Baghdad, Iraq. It bears the shahadah Islamic declaration of faith. It is on display at the British Museum. Gardner, donated the Ballycotton cross to the British Museum.
It is a jewelled Celtic cross with a centre glass jewel … Oldest Universities in the World — University of Al-Karaouine, Fes, Morocco, originally was a mosque founded in by Fatima al-Fihri, a Muslim woman. It developed into one of the leading universities for natural … Ibn Sina — Avicenna c. The decisive defeat of the Byzantine army and … Crusades — In March , Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos sent his ambassador to call for help with defending his empire against the Muslim Seljuk Turks.
Pope Urban II, … Saladin c. The aim of that first diplomatic mission was to make contact with … Ottoman Empire Founded by Turkish tribes under Osman Bey in north-western Anatolia in In Mehmet II conquered Constantinople. The Empire grew in strength and splendour for almost two centuries. Following a decline in trade with the Levant over a number of decades, several London merchants … Levant Company The Levant Company was established by English Charter by Elizabeth I in , granting the traders of the Company a monopoly in business with the Ottoman Empire.
He specialised in Semitic languages, with a passion for Arabic and a keen interest in mathematics.
Genocide monument actions referred to ombudsman
I wrote this post over three years ago. All of it still applies and I stand by what I have written. Every year, thousands of foreign women enter Turkey and strike up a holiday romance.
The Ottoman rule also saw many architectural investments in Bosnia and the creation and development of many new cities including Sarajevo and Mostar.
Muslim Strategies to Convert Western Christians
The moment Western scholarship infringes the sensitivities of the Saudis, Qataris, Kuwaitis, Bahrainis and others, the barriers go up.