September 14, 2016

FRANCE and ISIS have a special enmity, and it is compounded by the French form of secularism, known as laïcité.

France’s colonial history and policy of state-reinforced religion blindness adds special intensity to the confrontation.

It is important to understand how part...

July 21, 2016

THE FRENCH Catholic priest Fr Jacques Hamel was murdered yesterday by two men claiming to act on behalf of the Islamic State (ISIS).  It was a religious crime in a secular state.

They forced the 86-year-old priest to his knees while he was saying Mass in the Église St.-...

February 12, 2016

Relations between the rulers of Saudi Arabia, the Wahhabi clerics that control its religious life, and the Wahhabi-inspired so-called ‘Islamic State’ (IS) have come under increasing scrutiny in the Arab world and globally.

Like many features of life in the Saudi kingdom...

December 23, 2015

Days after the ISIS-inspired terrorist attack in San Bernardino, President Obama’s address to the nation concerning the threat of ISIS seemed to miss the mark.

The President seemed at times to be even more concerned with Americans ostracizing Muslim communities through...

November 16, 2015

Leading commentator Janet Daley's article in Saturday's Telegraph ‘The West is at war with a death cult’ stands for everything that is woeful about European elites’ response to Islamic jihad.

It is a triumph of religious illiteracy.

The jihadist enemy, she asserts,...

September 9, 2015

To senior military officers, intelligence analysts and policy-makers, blood and guts are more real than fire and brimstone.

To the followers of ISIS – which now calls itself the Islamic State – however, not only do the concepts of hell fire and the gardens of parad...

June 3, 2015

The survival of Syriac Christianity, across almost two thousands years of history, is in peril.

Nour is a young Syrian Christian living in Canada.

He left Syria to escape the civil war.

The churches that make up the Syriac Christian tradition boast some of the oldest litu...

May 8, 2015

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, regularly release videos showing the executions of their captives.

Some are shot at point blank range and others are beheaded.

In January, Jordanian Pilot Mu'ath al-Kaseasbeh was burnt to death in a cage.

The group is renowned f...

February 27, 2015

‘This month, the soldiers of the Khilafah in Wilayat Tarabulus captured 21 Coptic crusaders, almost five years after the blessed operation against the Baghdad church executed in revenge for Kamilia Shehata, Wafa Constantine, and other sisters who were tortured and murd...

February 18, 2015

The title, and much of the content, of the Islamic State’s magazine, Dabiq, emphasises the ‘end times’ nature of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s so-called caliphate.

The beheadings, crucifixions and most recently the burning of 45 people in Al-Baghdadi, grab the West’s attention...

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