Scholar: Islamic State ‘twists and manipulates’ jihad, Muslim history

Post by IU Newsroom intern Annie Brackemyre The promises of the Islamic State continue to attract young Muslims from around the world to fight under a declared combative jihad. By appropriating a new and broader reference to jihad, which traditionally refers to self-defense in the face of an imminent outside threat or an internal struggle, […]

IU conference to explore history behind Sunni-Shia conflict

Five hundred years have passed since the Ottomans defeated the Safavids of Persia in the Battle of Chaldiran, but the clash of the two empires continues to offer lessons for understanding Islamic history and identity, including the ongoing disagreements between Sunni and Shia branches. That’s the premise behind a scholarly conference taking place this Friday […]

Islamic Awareness Week features author-historian and pop-culture critic

Two rising stars from the worlds of publishing and media will be at IU Bloomington Thursday and Friday as part of the Muslim Student Association’s Islamic Awareness Week, a student-organized initiative to inform the campus and the public about the diversity of Islam. Religious scholar and well-known author Reza Aslan will speak on “Unity in […]