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Origins of the ISIS Conflict

While Muslims around the world express dismay at the violence in Iraq and Syria, including Muslim anti-ISIS protesters in Berlin (pictured), a distorted understanding of the origins of the crisis has come to dominate the ongoing coverage of events...Read More

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John L. Esposito
John L. Esposito Dear Reader:
With mixed results, the Middle East has begun a long transition from authoritarian rule to democracy, throwing into question many of the convenient assumptions that observers held about the region for decades... Read full letter
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What's New
  • Learning Resources
    In this update, Phillip C. Naylor (Marquette University) goes further in depth with a thematic guide that delves into the history of Algeria. In addition, Allen Fromherz (Georgia State University) presents a new course plan and syllabus on the modern Gulf region, while Laurent Bonnefoy (Centre d’études et de recherches internationales/Sciences Po Paris) provides a lesson plan on Yemeni Islamist Movements.  
  • The Arab Spring
    In this new series of scholarly and journalistic articles, guest contributors explore the major issues surrounding the Arab Spring, from religious discourse to political developments to cultural and artistic expressions...Read more
  • Interviews
    ISIS, also known as ISIL or the "Islamic State," has been in the news recently, prompting the question: how did the group go from being a small but extreme section of the Syrian opposition to a powerful organization in control of a large swath of Iraq and Syria? We asked Robert A. PapeShadi HamidHanin Ghaddar, and Charles Kurzman. Their answers are here.
  • What Everyone Needs to Know about Islam, Second Edition
    Here is a fast, centralized path to John Esposito's updated guide to Muslim faith, customs, and political beliefs, based on questions Esposito has been asked by a diverse range of audiences...Read more
What's Inside
  • Nearly 6000 entries from esteemed Oxford works, including the recently published Oxford Encyclopedia of the Islamic World, and more.
  • Primary Source documents with editorial commentary provide historical context for important events and major figures in the history of Islam.
  • Learning Resources include thematic guides, lesson plans, bibliographies, a glossary, and other useful tools.
  • Images and Maps provide visual perspectives on global Islam and its historical development.
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