From the middle of April until early May, there was an escalation in tension between the Iraqi army and the Sinjar Resistance Units (commonly known by…
Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham, the dominant insurgent organisation in northwest Syria, shifted its primary military structure from four main ‘armies’ named for…
In April, the Islamic State released a speech by its new official spokesman Abu Omar al-Muhajir, who replaced Abu Hamza al-Qurashi following the…
The issue of massacres committed during the Syrian civil war recently came to prominent public attention again with the leaked video footage of a…
The Swedish orientalist Matthias Norberg wrote a number of dissertations in Latin on topics pertaining to the Middle East. He also oversaw the…
On Telegram, a number of channels exist that are run by supporters of Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham and its project in northwest Syria. One of these channels is…
The insurgent group Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham- the dominant faction in northwest Syria- positions itself as a third-way to al-Qa’ida and the Islamic State…
There are a large number of medieval Latin texts that mention or discuss the Prophet Muhammad. The one that is the focus of this text is called the…
In analysis of Islamic State propaganda, two under-explored aspects are (i) the group’s weekly al-Naba’ newsletter (which is in Arabic, as opposed to…
Petrus Alphonsi was one of the more renowned Jewish converts to Christianity in medieval times, living in the eleventh and twelfth centuries CE. In…
In a previous post I provided a translation of a Latin dissertation/essay by the Swedish orientalist Matthias Norberg on the Druze sect. This post…
The Swedish orientalist Matthias Norberg, who lived in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries CE, was a prolific writer of extended essays on a variety…