Shia

When the Pope Met the Grand Ayatollah, History Was Made

Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK
Sayed Mahdi al-Modarresi

Last week, with little fanfare and under heavy security, an historic meeting took place in Rome which marked a turning point in interfaith relations. Inside the 16th century Casina Pio IV villa, home to the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Sciences, seven clerics representing over five billion people overcame lingering traditions of suspicion to commit to the eradication of modern day slavery by the year 2020.

44 Pictures Of Shiite Muslims Commemorating Ashura In Mass Flagellation Ceremonies

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 05.11.2014 | UK

WARNING: Graphic images, viewer discretion is advised Devout Shiite Muslims have commemorated the martyrdom of the Prophet Muhammad’s grandson w...

Maryam al-Khawaja - A Princess of Democracy Imprisoned in Bahrain

Alastair Sloan | Posted 16.11.2014 | UK
Alastair Sloan

The news is worrying. Maryam faces charges of insulting the King, assaulting an official (authorities say there was a scuffle when they took Maryam's phone, from which she was tweeting her experience), and running an organisation which named officials who had tortured political prisoners. She could face a long sentence.

Fighting to Protect Failure: Another War to Mop Up After the Last Ones

Paul Reynolds | Posted 15.11.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Reynolds

British journalists are wrong. Countries do not frequently go to war without strategies, with flimsy aims, bad intel, or for spurious reasons. If it appears that they are doing so, then it is usually because war aims have to be concealed. Concealment can be necessary for many reasons.

Book Review: Medina in Birmingham, Najaf in Brent: Inside British Islam by Innes Bowen

Faisal Hanif | Posted 31.08.2014 | UK
Faisal Hanif

The author has called it a "labour of love". Seven years of painstaking research and interviews all done alongside a full-time role at BBC Radio. The result of it all should prompt future generations as well as those alive today to show a debt of gratitude to Innes Bowen...

Will There Be a Shi'a-Sunni War in the Middle East? Not Likely

William O. Beeman | Posted 20.08.2014 | UK
William O. Beeman

If it is possible for the government of Iraq to repel and contain ISIS with Iran's help, the United States should definitely support such an action. There need be no real fear at this time that either the Shi'a or Sunni forces will evolve into a kind of World War III in the Middle East...

Obama - Caught Between Iraq and a Hard Place

Jon-Christopher Bua | Posted 22.08.2014 | UK Politics
Jon-Christopher Bua

Along with the hope that "The Arab Spring" gave the world, it now seems that attempts at establishing some form of democracy in Lebanon, Egypt, Libya and elsewhere have not worked out so well for the US and the West. Perhaps it is time for the US and the West to rethink its mission as "Champion of Democracy" and "Keeper of World Peace".

If Iraq Wasn't Heading For Civil War Before, It Almost Certainly Is Now

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK

Iraq is on the brink of civil war and risks completely breaking apart after one of the country's most prominent clerics made a rare intervention to ca...

Indonesia: Pluralism in Peril

Benedict Rogers | Posted 10.05.2014 | UK
Benedict Rogers

Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-majority nation, third largest democracy, fourth most populous country and sixteenth largest economy is at a crossroads: politically, economically and socially...

Sectarian Violence in Syria: What Does It Mean for the Rest of Us?

Luke McManus | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Politics
Luke McManus

Sectarian violence in Syria is now threatening more than just the Middle East. Syria's civil war, whose direction at first seemed synonymous with other countries of the Arab Spring, quickly became a full-blown battle of Shia-Sunni sectarianism.

Spare a Thought for the Hazaras of Quetta

Llewelyn Morgan | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK
Llewelyn Morgan

A month ago, on June 15th, a bus carrying students home from the Sardar Bahadur Khan Women's University in Quetta, Pakistan, was hit by a female suicide bomber.

Importing the Sectarianism That Drives the Conflict in Syria - The Case Against the Sectarian Preacher

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 06.09.2013 | UK Politics
Fiyaz Mughal

The last thing we need is to import sectarianism into our country. Al-Arifi may have done us all a favour by coming to the UK since it has focussed on the need for better due diligence to be undertaken and to make us all wake up to the fact that whilst Syria may seem a long way away, its impacts can so easily affect our community relations in our small island.

The New Iranian President - A Reformer, Moderator or Radical?

Ajmal Masroor | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
Ajmal Masroor

Iran is at a major crossroad. There is a growing middleclass, which is educated and wealthy, but also allergic to religion. Islam has become a hate-word for many, representing repression, lack of freedom and imposition of anti-modern values.

Should The UK Arm Syrian Rebels?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.03.2013 | UK Politics

Last week the foreign secretary, William Hague, revealed that the British government is planning to ramp up its support to rebels in Syria. Hague s...

Why Britain Should Arm Syrian Rebels

Malik Al-Abdeh | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Politics
Malik Al-Abdeh

At long last, a policy on Syria that makes sense. This week, prime minister David Cameron indicated that Britain was ready to bypass an EU arms embargo and deliver arms to Syria's opposition fighters - much to the horror I expect of Bashar Assad.

Why We Shouldn't Be Arming Syria's Rebels

Charles Shoebridge | Posted 13.05.2013 | UK Politics
Charles Shoebridge

The officially stated UK government rationale justifying arming Syria's rebels relies upon at least two flawed assumptions. The first is that pouring sophisticated weaponry into a war zone already awash with weapons will save civilian lives.

The Killing Field of Quetta

Ali Gokal | Posted 11.05.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Ali Gokal

In Quetta, western Pakistan, it matters a great deal what your beliefs are. In fact, it is no exaggeration to say it is a matter of life and death. For to be a Shia Muslim in this arid region, you are living in a perpetual state of peril.

Breivik, Afghanistan and What Academics Are For

Llewelyn Morgan | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Llewelyn Morgan

My book was about the Buddhas of Bamiyan, two gigantic statues carved from a cliff face in central Afghanistan, demolished by the Taliban in 2001. I was reading Breivik, among other reasons, because he's very interested in the Hindu Kush, the band of mountains that sweeps across Afghanistan from the North-East to the West: Bamiyan sits in a valley in the heart of those mountains.

British Muslims Split Along Sectarian Lines Over Arab Uprisings

H.A. Hellyer | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Politics
H.A. Hellyer

For more than a decade I have been studying the community dynamics of Muslim Britons. Their views on the Arab uprisings are intriguing: sectarian fears, disappointments, scepticism, hope and ethnic concerns are all there.

Troops Attempt To Contain Violence In Lebanon

Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.10.2012 | UK

Clashes in Lebanon's capital Beirut and the northern city of Tripoli have left seven people dead and dozens more injured as the army warned of "unprec...

Violence In Beirut (PICTURES)

The Huffington Post UK | Christopher York | Posted 08.11.2012 | UK

Lebanese soldiers have fired bullets in the air and launched tear-gas at mourners attending the funeral of a murdered intelligence chief in Beirut ami...

The Road to Damascus, Laden With Bombs

Jasdev Singh Rai | Posted 23.10.2012 | UK
Jasdev Singh Rai

That beautiful Biblical narrative 'road to Damascus' when Saul became Paul, began serving Christ and humanity is fast becoming a road to 'war'.

Timbuktu: What It Really Tells Us

Llewelyn Morgan | Posted 07.09.2012 | UK
Llewelyn Morgan

In reality, what is happening in Timbuktu is one group within the broad spectrum of Islam violently imposing its blinkered ideology on another tradition in Islam with which it disagrees.

Force India Formula 1 Team Witness Petrol Bomb Attack In Bahrain

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 20.04.2012 | UK Sport

Members of the Force India Formula 1 team were caught up in a petrol bomb attack in Bahrain on Wednesday. One of the team members has returned home...

Yates Of The Yard - Bahrain GP Security Not Guaranteed

The Huffington Post UK | Samuel Luckhurst | Posted 20.04.2012 | UK Sport

John Yates, the former Metropolitan Police officer who resigned over the phone-hacking scandal, has admitted security cannot be guaranteed at the week...