Comments sections of various websites are filled with people who have dim, insulting, or downright horrific views on Islam, largely because the religion itself is riven with just enough differences to make it super hard to generalize it. But what’s going on with Sunnis and Shi’a and what in the hell is an Alawite? Let’s … Continue reading Sectarianism Made Super (Or: How To Tell Your Shi’a From Your Sunni)
I've let my contempt for Saudi Arabia's current governing system be known - several times. This is because it's a personality-centric system driven by personalities that most of you wouldn't want to invite to dinner. In such systems, psychology matters when understanding certain events. Let's take a walk through, shall we, and understand Saudi state … Continue reading Saudi Arabia’s Power Play (Or, the Childishness of Kings)
Contrary to some true Islamophobic believers, politics and Islam have not always gone hand in hand. Under the Ottoman Empire, most Muslim territories were going the same way as Christian Europe – faithful but modernizing, scientific but not atheistic. Up until the 1950s, the difference in religious participation between Europeans and Muslims wasn’t that much. … Continue reading Where the hell did political Islam come from?
(January 9th, 2016: So this post is super popular, but probably not for the right reasons. Some of you are here for porn: this is not porn. It has never been porn, and it was my mistake for swearing in this post. So it's been edited for swearing to cut down on that traffic.) Even the … Continue reading Why Saudi Arabia Is Doomed