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Islamic History

Everyone wants a piece of Middle East as region moves towards democracy

A street hawker's self-immolation in Tunis changed the course of history in North Africa and the Middle East. Western-styled electoral systems are likely to be institutionalised in the region, while traditional authoritarianism is on the wane.

Friday, 29 June, 2012, 12:00am

Absorbing story of young duo caught up in war over Jerusalem

Crusade By Elizabeth Laird Published by MacMillan ISBN 978 230 01869 3

The Crusades were a series of military campaigns in the Middle Ages by European Christian armies against the Muslim occupation of Jerusalem.

8 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Pope should step down to avoid further damage

A range of people, from cardinals to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, have expressed their profound unhappiness, either to the Pope or to the press, at his lifting of the excommunication of ultratraditionalist British bishop Richard Williamson, who has questioned the extent of the Holocaust and denied the existence of gas chambers in Nazi death camps.

12 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Is Pakistan heading down the Iranian path?

Could Pakistan go the way of Iran, as it did with the overthrow of the modernising shah in 1979 and the recall from exile in Paris of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini? Khomeini ushered in an Islamic revolution that overturned the secular order and moved the country into a paranoid state that feared American intervention unless it developed its nuclear defences.

12 Oct 2007 - 12:00am

View from afar: Darfur and other genocides

When this year's jury for the Cannes Film Festival met the press last month, an African journalist bluntly stated his anger about the content and emphasis of the festival. 'Why have there been no films from African countries for the past few years?'

24 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Children of the evolution

The battered taxi rattles along the streets of Tehran, Iran's bustling capital. Multiple passengers get in and out every kilometre or so, paying the equivalent of 90 Hong Kong cents for their journey.

1 May 2007 - 12:00am

Looking for a level playing field

If non-sports lovers think the European game of soccer is confusing, spare a thought for the players and fans in Iran.

While the game's rules remain the same in Tehran as anywhere else, the Iranian government's regulations about who can play and watch the games are as complex as the pattern of a Persian rug.

11 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Turkish tales of an unlikely wise man

Read the tales below and fill in the blanks with suitable words.

7 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Worse than doing nothing?

A common thread links Fallujah, Abidjan, Africa's Great Lakes and Darfur. In the first two cities there is foreign participation in essentially civil wars. In the rest, there are calls for deeper foreign involvement on humanitarian grounds. But do outsiders do more harm than good?

29 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Young Iranians look westward for spiritual guidance

Like many of Iran's Shi'ite Muslims, Babak Moradi has a marja, a source of emulation to act as his spiritual guide throughout life.

But he did not choose some white-bearded ayatollah or high-ranking cleric.

He follows the lead of Jack Welch, former chief of General Electric.

23 May 2004 - 12:00am

Democratic lesson

The recent Iranian elections, which should give that theocratic nation a more tolerant regime, also offer lessons for authoritarian states elsewhere, not least in Asia.

28 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

Late Shah's son warns of terrorism in HK

THE exiled son of the late Shah of Iran yesterday warned that terrorism, adopted by the Islamic regime in his homeland, would spread to countries such as Hong Kong and China unless blocked.

The 'barbaric' regime had become a 'ticking time-bomb' after losing public support in Iran, he said.

20 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Egyptians stuck in quicksand of fundamentalism

IFLICKED my fins and moved through the glittering water to the bridge of the sunken ship. Violet and scarlet fish moved lazily out of my way. I gripped the rail of the bridge: from a hole in it a silver guppy, the size and general appearance of a safety pin, looked out at me speculatively.

27 Mar 1994 - 12:00am