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Moulids in Egypt: Popular Sufi Feasts Not to the Likings of All

Not everybody in Egypt is fan of the moulids. Salafists and the Muslim Brotherhood consider it haram (forbidden) in Islam, as they reject venerating ‘saints’ and pilgrimages to any other place than Mecca. While Al-Sayed considers Ibrahim El Desouki to be something like a mediator who makes his prayers heard, other Muslims would say that in Islam the relation to God is a direct one, with no place for someone in between.

Divide and Conquer: Netanyahu Woos Eastern Europe in Bid to Rattle EU

In recent years, Israeli government officials, and members of government proxy groups, have visited European countries to convince parliamentarians that funding the Palestinian Authority means subsidizing terrorists, or to pressure them to adopt a definition of anti-Semitism that includes being critical of Israeli politics or supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

Zoroastrianism: An Obscure Persian Religion that Changed the World

In terms of rituals and practices, Zoroastrians pray several times a day and worship communally in a fire temple. Contrary to Christianity, fasting and celibacy are proscribed except as part of a purification ritual. Although human struggle has a negative aspect, individuals must strive for purity and avoid defilement by the forces of death.

Arab Countries in the Process of a Slow Rapprochement with al-Assad’s Syria

This normalization seems to be the goal set by the al-Assad regime in order to regain its place in the region and then the world, as he claimed early October that Western and Arab countries are preparing to restore their presence in Syria after years of absence. Al-Assad stated that “for many Arab countries, there is a great understanding between us and them, and many Western countries have begun planning and preparing to open their embassies (in Damascus).

Divide and Conquer: Netanyahu Woos Eastern Europe in Bid to Rattle EU

In recent years, Israeli government officials, and members of government proxy groups, have visited European countries to convince parliamentarians that funding the Palestinian Authority means subsidizing terrorists, or to pressure them to adopt a definition of anti-Semitism that includes being critical of Israeli politics or supporting the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement.

The Unexpected Rise of Yemen’s Abdel Malek al-Houthi

The group notably ignored advice from Tehran not to capture Sanaa back in 2014. Al-Houthi’s independence thus suggests that he is primarily driven by a domestic agenda rather than a desire to help Hezbollah and Iran exert control over the region. That could change, of course, if the Saudis leave him no choice but to increase his reliance on Iran.