Muhammad’s birthday mob

Today (actually beginning at sundown yesterday) is, on the Islamic calendar, the date traditionally identified as Muhammad’s birthday, or Mawlid al-Nabi. While your immediate assumption might be to equate Mawlid with Christmas, they’re really not analogous (just as Muhammad’s role in Islam is not analogous to Jesus’s role in Christianity), and Mawlid is not a… Continue reading Muhammad’s birthday mob

Nusra’s moderate face

Here’s a strange story. Just a couple of weeks ago, Jabhat al-Nusra’s leader, Abu Muhammad al-Julani, told Al Jazeera and anybody listening that he and his men were not looking to cause trouble with religious minorities like the Alawites, as long as those minorities weren’t looking to cause trouble with Nusra. Sure, Nusra has massacred… Continue reading Nusra’s moderate face