Monday, August 28, 2006

Know Thy "Enemy"

As the various morasses in the Middle East continue to thicken, is anyone starting to wonder whether or not we have any real idea of what we're up against? Here are 3 good articles to help you trudge through the muck.

1. Journalist Jumana Farouky discusses the increasing frequency with which Westerners are converting to fundamentalist Islam.

2. Egyptian activist Saad Eddin Ibrahim demonstrates how Islamist groups are gaining mainstream popularity amongst Arab moderates and legitimate democratic power throughout the Middle East.

3. Scholar Eric Davis discusses identity politics in Iraq and suggests that the problems develop less from the Sunni/Sh'ia split and more from social class differences and the urba/rural divide of the country.


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