Wael Farouq: Arab Identities and Tribal Culture

Watch his speaker playlist About the speaker In his new book, Egyptian scholar Wael Farouq addresses such issues as tribal culture in Arab identity, the invention of the Caliphate, and the history and the role of the fatwā, including an analysis of what … Continue reading



Daniel Brubaker

Watch his speaker playlist About the speaker Daniel Brubaker, PhD, is a scholar of Qurʾan manuscripts of the 7th-10th centuries AD, the earliest period of the book’s existence. He defended his doctoral dissertation titled “Intentional Changes in Qurʾan Manuscripts” and was awarded his PhD … Continue reading



What Was Islamic Culture and What Happened to It?

Watch his speaker playlist About the speaker Dr. S. Frederick Starr is the author of Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane, which chronicles a forgotten age of achievement, seeks to explain its rise, and … Continue reading



How Jihadists Weaponize Islamic History and How to De-Weaponize It

Watch his speaker playlist About the speaker Nibras Kazimi‘s blog, Talisman Gate, was one of the most riveting Iraqi blogs written from Baghdad in the midst of its drama and turmoil and was renowned for its acute political insight. He has … Continue reading