Archive for the 'Islam' Category

Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi Interviewed by Syria Comment

Sheikh Muhammad al-Yaqoubi Interviewed by Syria Comment by Matthew Barber   In a previous post I revealed that Sheikh Muhammad al-Ya’qoubi was elected as the first non-Ikhwaan-linked religious figure of the National Coalition. This event did take place, even though his followers were disappointed to discover that his tenure would not see the light of […]

Major salafi faction criticizes Jabhat al-Nosra

by Aron Lund for Syria Comment The Islamic Ahrar al-Sham Movement, which is the leading faction of the Syrian Islamic Front (SIF) and probably the biggest salafi group in Syria, has issued a statement about Jabhat al-Nosra’s recent declaration of allegiance to al-Qaida’s Ayman al-Zawahiri. The Ahrar al-Sham statement is available in Arabic on Aaron […]

Syria’s Islamic Front Militias and How They Think about Minorities

C.J. Chivers of the New York Times in his, A Rebel Commander in Syria Holds the Reins of War, describes the virtues of the veteran commander of al-Tawhid, Mr Saleh, the most powerful rebel leader in Aleppo. He has a record of tactical success and is by all accounts revered by his men. Chivers explains […]

Landis Debates Steven Heydemann: “Syria and Islamism.” BloggingheadTV

Just recorded this debate with Steve Heydemann, V.P., US Institute of Peace.

Islam Comment – A New Forum by Alex

Syria Comment’s very own Alex – Camille-Alexandre Otrakji – has begun Islam Comment It includes a stellar line up of essayists: Sadik Al-Azm, Mona Eltahawy, Hussein Ibish, Marc Gopin, Nasser Rabbat, Hind Kabawat, Wassim Al-Adel, Elie Elhadj, Joseph Helou, Taufiq Rahim, Nabil Beitinjaneh, Ghassan Karam, Hind Obiedin, Tarek Barakat, Jihad Bitar, Ayman Hakki The first […]