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The mysterious Islamic movement quietly sweeping the Middle East - CSMonitor.com 7 December 2015
"An ultraconservative Muslim order that preaches nonmilitancy is gaining followers across the region. Does Dawah represent an antidote to Islamic State or another threat to the West?"
Islam  CSMonitor  religion  Dawah  Tabligh 
january 2016 by pierredv
The Slow Track to Happiness - Foreign Policy Mar 2014
"Spending more time praying, it seems, leads Muslims to make decisions that result in slower economic growth -- but greater happiness."
Foreign  Policy  religion  happiness  Islam  ramadan 
march 2014 by pierredv
Pakistan: Future unrosy | The Economist
Review of "Tinderbox: The Past and Future of Pakistan". By M.J. Akbar. "WHEN India and Pakistan began, in 1947, they shared many of the same peoples and a legal and administrative history going back five centuries. What explains their subsequent divergence, with India now broadly stable and prosperous and Pakistan crisis-ridden?" "India’s 160m Muslims are free and no worse off than Pakistan’s 180m."
Pakistan  india  islam  TheEconomist  books  reviews  factoids 
february 2011 by pierredv
Can university subjects reveal terrorists in the making? - opinion - 15 June 2009 - New Scientist
"Diego Gambetta and Steffen Hertog suggest that in the psyche of engineers lurks something that makes them more predisposed to terrorism" - but the statistics are really thin, and questionable. In a commenting letter http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20327180.700-engineering-traits.html, Andrew Lee notes: Even if we accept their claim that engineering graduates are over-represented in the ranks of violent radicals from the Islamic world, it's quite a leap to then assert that "engineers are more likely to have... personality traits that make radical Islamism more attractive".
sociology  islam  security  terrorism  NewScientist  psychology 
september 2009 by pierredv
Young and Arab in Land of Mosques and Bars - Series - NYTimes.com
"No one can say for sure why Dubai has been spared the kind of religion-fueled extremism that has plagued other countries in the region. There are not even metal detectors at hotel and mall entrances, standard fare from Morocco to Saudi Arabia. Some speculate that Dubai is like Vienna during the cold war, a playground for all sides. There is a robust state security system. But there is also a feeling that diversity, tolerance and opportunity help breed moderation."
NYTimes  islam  people  ** 
september 2008 by pierredv

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