Mohammed Ansar explains how Donald Trump and Ben Carson have failed ‘The Islamophobia Test’ and how American history and John Locke’s influence on the Founding Fathers and US constitution, is inextricably and undeniably, linked to Islam.
Behind conflicts and overt wars, there are deep faultlines that divide humankind. Adnan R Amin argues that these faultlines are carefully cultivated and reinforced by power-elites. Examining how and why certain groups are systematically othered may yield insights as to why this phenomenon keeps recurring in human history.
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?
In this analysis, Brett Elmer discusses whether Chinese president Xi Jinping has the both the willingness and the ability to bring a lasting calm to Xinjiang.
Professor Damien Kingsbury argues Australia is facing a new regional challenge as its northern neighbours increasingly join a global trend towards a more fundamentalist form of Islam.
Dr. Murray Hill, in this two part article considers the motivation and experiences of first generation Muslims in Europe and examines a range of sociopolitical and identity challenges faced by subsequent generations.
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.