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31/03/2016 Article

The US Treasury’s ‘Silver Bullet’ Falls Short

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Alastair Crooke, Conflicts Forum, 31 March 2016 “The Americans did not act on what they promised in the nuclear accord (the JCPOA); they did not

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Challenging perspectives on Islamism and politics in the Middle East

Conflicts Forum aims to shift Western opinion towards a deeper, less compartmentalised understanding of Islam and the Middle East.
By examining problems in terms of differences of thinking, language and intellectual and metaphysical traditions, we attempt to frame differences as more than simple struggles for power. Although not a particular focus of our work, reconciliation is sometimes an outcome of what we do.
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01/01/2009 Publication

Western Media Representations, Iran, and Orientalist Stereotypes

/ Seyed Mohammad Marandi

Tags: Iran, Media

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The image of Iran is almost always negative in the western media. Whether it is the BBC, CNN, The New York Times, the International Herald

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01/01/2009 Publication

Wahhabism, Salafism and Islamism: Who is the Enemy?

/ Professor Ahmad Moussalli

Tags: Islamists, Political Islam, Salafism, Wahhabism

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This essay constructs and deconstructs three main discourses created by different and opposing trends in modern Islamic thought that are normally and mistakenly lumped together

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20/11/2008 News

Summary of Salafist Websites, Oct–Nov 08

Tags: Sunni-Shia tension

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Salafist websites persist in their acute verbal offensive against Hezbollah, Iran and the Shi’i generally – but now with greater ferocity: Salafist websites have been

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06/11/2008 Article

Little Shop of Horrors

I once asked one of my Palestinian friends what he thought the United States should do to help the peoples of the Middle East. He was incredulous: “Haven’t you done enough?”

/ Mark Perry

Tags: Diplomacy, Middle East

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Bitter Lemons, November 6, 2008 I once asked one of my Palestinian friends what he thought the United States should do to help the peoples

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01/11/2008 Publication

Loving the Enemy: Militant Visions of the West

/ Faisal Devji

Tags: Al Qaeda, Dialogue, Diplomacy

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This paper makes the argument that militants associated with Al-Qaeda speak from within the world of their enemies and possess no place outside it. Whether

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18/10/2008 Article

Sectarian Tension: From Extremists to Moderates

/ Ayman Mohamad

Tags: Sunni-Shia tension

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Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, a key Sunni thinker and religious commentator, has accused Iran of being behind a new wave of Shi’i ‘expansion’ that threatens the

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