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Snapshot,
Robert D. Crews

The Crimean crisis is not just about Russia’s relationship with the West. It is also very much about Islam’s role in Russia. Moscow's success in Crimea won't just depend upon economics or international politics, but on the delicate negotiations between Russian Muslim clerics and their fellow believers in Russia’s newest region.

Snapshot,
Victor Gaetan

Gulen has tried to develop a genuinely modern school of Islam that reconciles the religion with liberal democracy, scientific rationalism, ecumenism, and free enterprise.

Essay, Mar/Apr 2014
Bernard Avishai; Jalal Al-e Ahmad

In 1963, Jalal Al-e Ahmad, an Iranian writer popular with dissident Islamist clerics, traveled to Israel and wrote a surprisingly positive account of his trip. That a guru to the ayatollahs liked Israel now seems touching. But what he liked seems cautionary.

Review Essay, Mar/Apr 2014
Jay M. Harris

A masterful new biography of Maimonides by Moshe Halbertal reveals why the medieval Jewish sage's work still matters: it represents a powerful bastion against the retreat from rationality.

Essay, Mar/Apr 2014
Robert D. Crews

Muslims in Russia have increasingly embraced different and competing religious orientations, even as the Putin government has worked hard to co-op the country’s Muslim population for its own political goals, both foreign and domestic.

Snapshot,
Vish Sakthivel

By asserting itself in security and counterterrorism operations in North Africa, including by supporting French intervention in Mali, Morocco gained an advantage in its battle with Algeria for regional clout.

Snapshot,
David Schenker

A year ago, the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan was a powerful voice of opposition to King Abdullah. But self-inflicted wounds and the changing dynamic of local Islamist politics reversed the group's political fortune at home.

Review Essay, Jul/Aug 2013
Jeffrey Goldberg

As two new books detail, Israel's ultra-Orthodox community has formed a partisan bloc able to manipulate the country's political system even as it makes little effort to hide its contempt for secular democracy. But it is not too late for Israeli centrists to push back.

Essay, May/June 2013
Victor Gaetan

Pope Benedict XVI made reaching out to other faiths and promoting Christian unity hallmarks of his tenure. Pope Francis will continue this work, not only because he has a history of facilitating religious dialogue, but also because global Catholicism requires it.

Snapshot,
Omar Encarnación

The Vatican is banking on Pope Francis to revive the Catholic Church in Latin America or, at the very least, help slow its decline. But those hopes are unfounded. Catholics in Latin America are leaving the church in record numbers because they find other religions more self-empowering, more modern, and less hierarchical. The fact of a Latin American pope won't change all that.

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