When laïcité destroys egalité and fraternité

[ by Charles Cameron — laïcité meets the banlieue, and ISIS takes note ] . France: blind to religions. Graphic: Nouvel Obs ** My latest piece is up at LapidoMedia, addressing the impact of the French doctrine of blinding secularism on French Muslims — and ISIS targeting of France: ANALYSIS When laïcité destroys egalité and […] Read more »

Uh-oh, The Times believes Dabiq is “Koranic”

[ by Charles Cameron — the London Times gets the Qur’an wrong, let’s hope it’s not this sloppy about cricket! ] . In an article titled Death to Cheshire florist, declares Isis magazine, London Times writers David Brown, Sara Elizabeth Williams, and Tom Coghlan write about Rumiyah, the new ISIS magazine: Charlie Winter, a researcher […] Read more »

Dabiq issue 15, specific notes part 1, Crucifixion

[ by Charles Cameron — first of two parts of an essay on Dabiq‘s attack on Christian doctrines ] . ** I have written a two part essay examining the latest issue of ISIS’ Dabiq magazine, which is essentially an attack on Christianity and invitation ot Islam. The first part, dealing mostly with the Crucifixion, […] Read more »

Of martyrdom and forgiveness

[ by Charles Cameron — of martyrdom according to ISIS and the church, & of forgiveness in response to hate — continuing from Of sacrifice and martyrdom ] . ** My Lapido piece closed with these words: That is, in part, why Pope Francis in his official comment on the event said he was “particularly […] Read more »

Aman, or reciprocal safety under Islamic law

[ by Charles Cameron — what eye do you use when there’s more going on than meets the eye? ] . Twice in one day, a week or so ago, I had reason to look up the meaning of “aman” in Islamic law. My source here was M. Reichberg and Henrik Syse, eds., Religion, War, […] Read more »

Apocalypse soon from Lapido, McCants from Sources & Methods

[ by Charles Cameron — my latest for LapidoMedia gives Sunni, Shia background, & importantly the shift from Zarqawi to Baghdadi — followed by a chaser from Will McCants ] . My latest from Lapido, opening paras: TO SENIOR military officers, intelligence analysts and policy-makers, blood and guts are more real than fire and brimstone. […] Read more »

When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy

[ by Charles Cameron — my title is taken from the book of Job — known to Islam as the prophet Ayyub — chapter 38 verse 7 ] . Let’s begin with Qur’an 22. 40: I can deeply appreciate a perspective as respectful as this. ** Consequently, I am even more deeply saddened when the […] Read more »

On LapidoMedia: Mullah Omar’s death strengthens al-Baghdadi’s claim to the caliphate

[ by Charles Cameron — Mullah Omar, the Prophet’s cloak in Kandahar, & the title “Amir al-Mu’minin” ] . A man prays at the Shrine of the Cloak of the Prophet, Kandahar. Photo: Tomas Munita/AP ** My latest for LapidoMedia begins: ON THE FIRST anniversary of the death of US journalist James Wright Foley, the […] Read more »

Guest posting at 3 Quarks Daily [et al]

[ by Charles Cameron — two guest posts posted, a forthcoming book chapter written, and more to come ] . I very much enjoy 3 Quarks Daily, it’s my aggregator of choice, and so I was particularly delighted and honored when my friend Bill Benzon of New Savanna invited me to guest blog on his […] Read more »

Hipbone update & request for your vote!

[ by Charles Cameron — 3 Quarks Daily, Boston Apocalyptic conference, LapidoMedia, World Religions and Spirituality Project, Bellingcat, Loopcast, Pragati, Sembl ] . First, please vote! . My story, War in Heaven, is in the running for the 3 Quarks Daily Arts & Literature Prize. 3 Quarks Daily is a great aggregator site, I’m honored […] Read more »