Category: Islam

Sources of Conflict in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region

Separatist activity in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region has created a divide between east and west. Chinese central policies intended to provide for cultural and ethnic equality, cohesion and stability can be seen as the root cause for this division and angst common among Uyghurs. Is there an end to the conflict and sparatist extremism, or will it continue for years to come?


When names become important: ‘Daesh’ as a silencing of ISIS’s claim to be the Islamic State?

Professor Malory Nye argues that the debate about calling the terrorist outfit Islamic state (IS) non-Islamic is not justified because in Islam what is Islamic or not is far from a settled issue. In his view, this debate should be resolved if one calls IS ‘Daesh’- an Arabic word referring to ‘downtrodden’ (daes) or ‘causing discord’ (dahes).

Muslim Diversity Series : Who Is Shia?

Today the world has become divided on “civilizational lines” the question that resonates within the minds of many is not whether you are Muslim? It’s whether you are a Shia Muslim or a Sunni Muslim? Therefore, to answer this question Alochonaa presents the first of a three part series, in which we try to disentangle the truth of Islam from the shadow of sectarian dogma.

Jihad and the Shia-Sunni Conflict in the Muslim World

The current conflict between the Shia and Sunni factions has seen Jihad being used and manipulated by both sides to give a religious legitimation to their ongoing violent acts. Since the attacks of 9/11 as well as many other Middle Eastern regions, Iraq has been at the centre of Shia Sunni conflict. The centrality of Iraq with Islamic history is important to acknowledge as this was the place where Imam Hussain was martyred by one of Yaseed’s soldiers Muawiyyah, in the battle of Karbala. Therefore, Iraq, can be argued to have been a site of turbulent sectarian violence between Shia and Sunni factions, not only throughout history, but in the twenty-first century as well, which has thus resulted in the use of Jihad as the ‘choice of religious justification’ to be used.