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The Life and Work of Sheh Tahir Kanaqi Jeta dhe Veprimtaria e Sheh Tahir Kanaqit (In Albanian) by Behlul Kanaqi and M.A. Ulqin, Mal i Zi, Harmonia, 289 pp., price not shown. Reviewed by Stephen Sylejman Schwartz. (Chief Editor)

Illyria [New York] August 27, 2015 Sheh Tahir Kanaqi, a representative of the Rufai [Sunni] Sufi order (tariqat), lived from 1908 to 1985. He is one of the most important representatives of the Islamic meditative tradition in the Albanian lands…
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American Apostles When Evangelicals Entered the World of Islam by Christine Leigh Heyrman Hill & Wang, 352 pages, $28.00. Reviewed by Stephen Schwartz

First Things Blog  August 25, 2015 The author of this book, a professor of history at the University of Delaware, is an academic of diverse interests, having published volumes on the maritime communities of colonial Massachusetts and the origins of…
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Robert Conquest, Stalinism, and the Soviet Muslims by Stephen Schwartz

The Huffington Post  August 11, 2015 On August 3, the Anglo-American poet and historian Robert Conquest died in California at 98. According to The Daily Telegraph in London, Conquest’s father Roger was an American from Virginia, while his mother Rosamund…
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The Writings of Saudi Blogger Raif Badawi by Stephen Schwartz and Irfan Al-Alawi

The Huffington Post July 8, 2015 In 2012, Raif Badawi, a blogger in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) who is now 31, was arrested in his native land and charged with offenses ranging from parental disobedience to cyber-crime and…
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On the sixth anniversary of unrest in Urumchi, Uyghur American Association calls for transparency Uyghur families no closer to discovering truth about relatives killed and disappeared by The Uyghur American Association

Uyghur Human Rights Project and Uyghur American Association June 30, 2015 The Uyghur American Association (UAA) calls on the Chinese government to respect the principle of transparency and provide comprehensive details on the fates of Uyghurs killed and forcibly disappeared…
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Kosova vs. Iranians and ISIS by Stephen Schwartz

The Weekly Standard Blog June 30, 2015 On Wednesday, June 24, as reported by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), a foreign-funded news agency, the government of Kosova sent police to raid the offices of five Iranian-controlled non-governmental organizations in…
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Turkey: Hope and Fear by Stephen Schwartz and Veli Sirin

The Huffington Post June 23, 2015 [Veli Sirin is European director of the Center for Islamic Pluralism.] Two weeks have passed since the legislative elections of June 7 marked a major shift in the recent history of Turkey. The Islamist…
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