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Saudi Arabia, Exporter of Oil and Bigotry. Photo A college senior boarded a flight and excitedly called his family to recount a United Nations event he had attended, but, unfortunately, he was speaking Arabic.

Saudi Arabia, Exporter of Oil and Bigotry

Southwest Airlines kicked him off the plane, in the sixth case reported in the United States this year in which a Muslim was ejected from a flight. Such Islamophobia also finds expression in the political system, with Donald Trump calling for a temporary ban on Muslims entering the country (“Welcome to the U.S.A.! Now, what’s your religion?”) And Ted Cruz suggesting special patrols of Muslim neighborhoods (in New York City, by the nearly 1,000 police officers who are Muslim?). How Islam Created Europe. Europe was essentially defined by Islam.

How Islam Created Europe

And Islam is redefining it now. For centuries in early and middle antiquity, Europe meant the world surrounding the Mediterranean, or Mare Nostrum (“Our Sea”), as the Romans famously called it. It included North Africa. Indeed, early in the fifth century A.D., when Saint Augustine lived in what is today Algeria, North Africa was as much a center of Christianity as Italy or Greece. But the swift advance of Islam across North Africa in the seventh and eighth centuries virtually extinguished Christianity there, thus severing the Mediterranean region into two civilizational halves, with the “Middle Sea” a hard border between them rather than a unifying force.

How Not to Talk About Muslims After a Fringe Terrorist Group Attacks. Women's secret films from within al-Raqqah of Islamic state. The winter rain falls onto the few people walking around on the streets of al-Raqqah.

Women's secret films from within al-Raqqah of Islamic state

The hidden camera footage shows men with semi-concealed Kalashnikovs over their shoulders – ISIS fighters. Islam and Politics: Crash Course World History 216. Mohammed: the Anti-Innovator click on image for video. Transcript Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Early on, it seemed as if Mohammed's ambition was simply to go from door to door from person to person and say, "Leave alone what you believe in.

Mohammed: the Anti-Innovator click on image for video

You Can't Understand ISIS If You Don't Know the History of Wahhabism in Saudi Arabia  Support for ISIS in the Muslim World - Perceptions vs Reality - Metrocosm. According to a Brookings report from last January: 40% of Americans believe most Muslims oppose ISIS.14% think most Muslims support ISIS.And 44% (the plurality) of Americans believe Muslim views are evenly balanced on the issue.

Support for ISIS in the Muslim World - Perceptions vs Reality - Metrocosm

American perceptions of Muslims’ support for the Islamic State are all over the map. The Genesis of #HateHurts. Misunderstandings of Religion. Iranian artist imprisoned for cartoon of local politicians. Atena Farghadani is a 28-year-old Iranian artist.

Iranian artist imprisoned for cartoon of local politicians

She was recently sentenced to 12 years and 9 months in prison for drawing a cartoon. Iranian artist Farghadani faces indecency charges after shaking man's hand. Artist Atena Farghadani, 29, serving 12 year sentence for satirical cartoonsDrew politicians who restricted women's access to birth control as animalsShe and lawyer Mohammad Moghimi charged after shaking hands in prison By Jenny Stanton For Mailonline Published: 13:35 GMT, 8 July 2015 | Updated: 13:44 GMT, 8 July 2015 An Iranian woman sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for drawing satirical cartoons of politicians is now facing new charges - for shaking a man's hand.

Iranian artist Farghadani faces indecency charges after shaking man's hand

Artist Atena Jailed: Atena Farghadani, 29, is serving 12 years in prison after drawing satirical cartoons of Iranian politicians athering and colluding against national security, spreading propaganda against the system and insulting the president and the supreme leader. Satirical: The artist depicted government officials, who restriicted women's access to birth control, as animals. Shaking hands with your lawyer is not a crime, rules an Iranian judge. By now, many of us have at least seen the trailer for The Revenant, with Leonardo DiCaprio cast as Hugh Glass, a fur trapper and hunter who embarks on a mission for vengeance after being left for dead by his cohorts in the wake of a bear attack.

Shaking hands with your lawyer is not a crime, rules an Iranian judge

As it turns out, Hugh Glass was a real guy who had a pivotal role in the westward expansion of the fur trade, and by extension, America. And he was even more of a badass than we see in the movie—though not for the reasons you might expect. The lucrative fur trade was a driving force behind American exploration, as Eric Jay Dolin explains in his chronicle, Fur, Fortune, and Empire: The Epic History of the Fur Trade in America.

Mountain men. How the Shia-Sunni split in 632AD led to Iran and Saudi Arabia’s power games today. Historian Demolishes Idea The Quran Is More Violent Than Bible: Christians Have ‘Holy Amnesia’ « To hear Fox News tell it, the Muslim faith – and therefore the 1.5 billion people who practice it – are inherently unable to integrate and live within Western society.

Historian Demolishes Idea The Quran Is More Violent Than Bible: Christians Have ‘Holy Amnesia’ «

Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson argued that point explicitly, adding that Islam is so at-odds with American values that a Muslim couldn’t be trusted to be president. Inevitably, those who make these claims do so by painting the religion of Islam with a very wide brush. They assume all Muslims are terrorists.

They call on all Muslims to condemn each and every atrocity committed in the name of Islam or risk being labeled terrorist sympathizers. They assume Muslim refugees are hidden ISIS agents. ISIS. Mindless terrorists? The truth about Isis is much worse. It’s “the first of the storm”, says Islamic State.

Mindless terrorists? The truth about Isis is much worse

And little wonder. What ISIS Really Wants. What is the Islamic State? Where did it come from, and what are its intentions? The simplicity of these questions can be deceiving, and few Western leaders seem to know the answers. In December, The New York Times published confidential comments by Major General Michael K. Nagata, the Special Operations commander for the United States in the Middle East, admitting that he had hardly begun figuring out the Islamic State’s appeal.

Iranian Women Post Pics With Their Hair Flying Free To Protest Strict Hijab Laws. Wearing the Islamic hijab veil is mandatory for women in Iran, and in 2014, Iran's morality police warned, fined or arrested 3.6 million women for inappropriate dress. Saudi court sentences poet to death for renouncing Islam. A Palestinian poet and leading member of Saudi Arabia’s nascent contemporary art scene has been sentenced to death for renouncing Islam. My Friend, the Former Muslim Extremist.