Authors: Anne Speckhard, Ph.D., Grace Wakim & Ardian Shajkovci, Ph.D.

Allah Akbar (meaning God is Greatest) is a colloquial expression commonly used by Muslims, especially in the Arab world, to praise God and express commitment to the religion of Islam. Muslims often use the term to express emotions, such as gratitude, fear, and joy.

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With reference to the Third Commandment, the original text reads as follows: "Thou shalt not take the name of Yahweh (thy God) in vain (saw), because Yahweh does not let go unpunished those who use His Name in vain".In ancient times the Name was not a simple sign. The Name indicated the Substance of the person named forever, thus identifying him/her among the Many others.

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hechen female terrorists are commonly known as Black Widows, there is a particular reason behind this title because they have usually lost their husbands, brothers or close relatives in one of the two Chechen wars that Russia fought against Islamist rebels since 1994.

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conomics and human practicality have finally triumphed over backwards superstition and religious dogma underlying the Sunni-Shia conflict, which has caused 100s of millions of unnecessary deaths, war, global terrorism, and destruction over the past few hundred years.

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ecently the Uyghur organizations abroad are increasing pressures to convey the image of China as a "State of torture". We do no certainly want to deny that the Muslim population in Xinjiang, which at the time of Mao's Long March was simply called "the Western Region", does not tolerate some restrictions, but it is anyway true that the Islamist and jihadist networks are largely present in the region and that, as always happens in these cases, they have visible structures covering the invisible ones.

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ince the Indian Prime Minister came to power in 2014, the Hindu nationalists are lynchings Muslims in the name of protecting "holy cows".  The last two victims of militia "gau rakshak" (protectors of the cow) were killed in Nagaon in Assam on 30 April.

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series of Salafist, jihadi terrorist attacks erupting at the onset of 2017 Ramadan portends a summer of terror for the West. Britain went to the polls Thursday on the heels of double attacks -- Manchester and London – and two days ago ISIS targeted the Iranian Parliament. And now Al-Qaeda has stepped out of the ISIS shadow and seeks to be the premier mentor for Salafist assassins everywhere.

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audi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain - a small Shiite-majority State governed by the Sunnis - Eastern Libya of Haftar and the "Council" of Cyrenaica, the Maldives, Yemen and the Mauritius have all broken off any political, diplomatic and economic relations with the Qatar Emirate, governed by Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa al-Thani.

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