Tag Archive: Bektashi Sufis

Replies to Questions About Sufism From A High School Teacher in Columbia, Missouri, USA by Stephen Suleyman Schwartz

CIP April 22, 2017 Instructor Gregory Soden writes — As an American in Missouri, I grew up in one of the most religiously devout and politically conservative regions of the United States. Such an existence just never seemed quite satisfying,…
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Five Americans Who Are Standing Up Against Radical Islam by Elliot Friedland

Clarion Project April 20, 2017 Who is doing the ground work in the struggle against Islamist extremism? A lot of the people tackling radical Islam don’t get as much press time as the jihadists they oppose. We want to introduce…
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CIP Greetings on International Day of Solidarity With Working Women [The original name of International Women’s Day] by Stephen Suleyman Schwartz

Quora.com March 8, 2017 The Center for Islamic Pluralism has always stood first, among Muslim activists, with the women combatants of Kurdistan, the victims of and fighters against the scourge of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and women organizing for their…
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Are atheists offended when a theist says “I will pray for you,” “God help you,” etc? by Stephen Suleyman Schwartz

Quora.com February 26, 2017 Once again, very personal, this time straying genuinely into TMI territory. I crave pardon. I knew Christopher Hitchens extremely well. I saw him the day before he suffered the attack that revealed his terminal illness, and…
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Meet America’s Foremost Advocate of Islamic Pluralism Stephen Schwartz heads the Center for Islamic Pluralism and is the author of several books on Islam and Saudi sponsorship of Wahhabist extremism by Elliot Friedland

Clarion Project April 12, 2016 Note: Biographical Information and Illustrations included at the Clarion website with this interview may be accessed by clicking the “Clarion Project” link above.] 1. Clarion Project: What first drew you to Islam? Stephen Schwartz: Paradoxically,…
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Center for Islamic Pluralism Greetings on Sulltan Nevruz by Stephen Sylejman Schwartz

CIP March 21, 2016 In a broad area from the Balkans to Central Asia, Muslims observed the holiday of Sulltan Nevruz on March 20-21. The dates correspond to 11-12 Jumada-al-Thaani of the hijri year 1437 and to 1-2 Farvardin, beginning…
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The Bektashi Sufis Should Join the Kosova Sufi Union [BTK] by Stephen Sylejman Schwartz

Illyria [New York] June 22, 2015 Baba Musa Qazim Bakalli, who died in 1981 aged 101, was one of the greatest personalities in the spiritual history of Kosova. Today his Bektashi Sufi teqe [meeting house, pl. teqet] in Gjakova, devastated…
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Kosova Fights Extremism With Social Media by Stephen Schwartz

TheWorldPost [The Huffington Post and Berggruen Institute on Governance] June 2, 2015 Prishtina, Kosova The Balkan republic of Kosova, with an overwhelming Muslim majority and a median age of 27, has committed itself to a consequential struggle against radical Islam….
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