Sectarian geopolitics in two easy tweets just yesterday

[ by Charles Cameron — you could start from this polarity and build out to cover the tensions of the world ] . This: Saudi Arabia’s top cleric says Iran’s leaders ‘not Muslims’ https://t.co/rPNjqo9x6g via @WSJ — El_Grillo (@El_Grillo1) September 6, 2016 is an instance of this: When Iran's regime criticizes KSA's regime, or KSA's […] Read more »

Heat and Hajj 2076

[ by Charles Cameron — one black swan that’s almost predictable — where two timelines meet ] . God in His wisdom has decreed that all right thinking humans should circumambulate the Kaaba in Mecca if at all possible during their human lifetimes, so proclaims Islamic orthodoxy. A Guardian piece titled Extreme heatwaves could push […] Read more »

McCants explains the Saudis, Quantico rebukes them

[ by Charles Cameron — Saudi-sourced jihadism, the FBI, Baader-Meinhof — hey, it’s all about terrosism ] . Will McCants explains [upper panel, below] how the Saudis are and are not promoting terrorism — — while a screen-cap from episode 9 in the first season of Quantico explains just why such an approach is logically […] Read more »

Religions clash over Temple Mount / Noble Sanctuary

[ by Charles Cameron — not that that should be news.. also Egypt, Israel, Saudi ] . The bomber described in the upper panel, above, has a somewhat strained notion of revenge, it seems to me, though no doubt it makes sense to him. And you can tell that the button ad in the lower […] Read more »

Net gains in Turkey and Iran?

[ by Charles Cameron — when two data points contradict a trend, what’s up? ] . Gotta love the graphic of “Twitter being written into the ancient Persian Cyrus Cylinder in an animation film for Farsi Twitter, highlighting the platforms importance for communications in Iran” (upper panel, below): — and there’s something faintly Escherian about […] Read more »

Destructive Witnesses: JW, IS, Saudis, Brits, Byzantines

[ by Charles Cameron — religions taking other religions apart, stone by stone, image by image, song by song ] . Some recently converted Jehovah’s Witnesses appear to have destroyed the altars of indigenous Otomi people in Mexico, an anthopologist has stated: Assailants have damaged an ancient Otomi Indian religious site in Mexico, toppling stone […] Read more »

Tweet and response: polling religious interest globally?

[ by Charles Cameron — Pew — Iran? Saudis? ] . Here’s the tweet: How strongly do different nationalities feel about #religion? https://t.co/hPQcLYMvz3 @StatistaCharts pic.twitter.com/RaPto3EI23 — World Economic Forum (@wef) April 30, 2016 It looks impressive, doesn’t it? The good folks at Pew have obvisouly done their homework. And here’s the response: Where are Saudi […] Read more »

Yesterday’s learnings in science and religion

[ by Charles Cameron — theo-ecology, with a side of spaghetti ] . First, a Nobel laureate makes a distinction that should be of interest to all who study war — as also to those who “ain’t gonna study war no more”. Lucy Hughes-Hallett begins a New Statesman book review titled Chernobyl and the ghosts […] Read more »

Win some, lose some

[ by Charles Cameron — tensions between Iran and the Saudis extend to the morality police level ] . ** There’s a certain irony in the concept of “undercover” cops in a context where, as RFE/RL reports: Tehran’s police chief Hossein Sajedinia said that the male and female agents — numbering around 7,000 — will […] Read more »

Islamic State vs Saudi Arabia — Cole Bunzel’s new paper

[ by Charles Cameron — contextualizing IS in terms of KSA, Abd al-wahhab and the Prophet, also an interior / eternal aspect of the “end times” ] . Cole Bunzel, speaking with Charlie Rose ** As a poet, I keep my eyes peeled for the superposition of opposites in a small space. John Donne‘s great […] Read more »