Conflicting Fundamentalisms and Shia Political Power

December 10, 2016

For the US to understand the changing power dynamics in the Middle East, Iran’s historical arc and its guidance of Shia fundamentalism need to be understood. Since the election of Michel Aoun as president on November 1, a two-year political stalemate in Lebanon has concluded. His election...

How the Fear of Death Makes People More Right-Wing

November 24, 2016

Nations under attack can quickly grow more divided and increasingly hostile toward those from outside cultures. A string of terror attacks across the globe have shaken the world’s most powerful nations to their core. As a result of these tragic events and the fear-mongering from politicians...

Every Breath for the Ecstasy of Qalandar: Sufism in Pakistan

September 05, 2014

Could Sufism help diminish Islamic fundamentalism through integration within the modern, global civilization? Sufism, founded on the pursuit of spiritual guidance, is the esoteric school of Islam. This spiritual guidance refers to the ultimate self-understanding, which expands to the...