Dr. Timothy Furnish, a scholar of Islamic history, discusses his new book Sects, Lies, and the Caliphate: Ten Years of Observations on Islam, and he explains why the goals of the Islamic State are a return to the values of Muslim states prior to the fall of the Ottoman Empire.Continue Reading

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

VOTERS IN Turkey go to the polls this weekend. At stake are the ambitions of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who apparently wants to reestablish the caliphate. Cliff Garner discusses the political situation in Turkey and why some scholars see Erdogan’s goal as the prophesied Beast of Revelation.Continue Reading

THE RECENT announcement of an agreement between Turkey and Saudi Arabia to cooperate in supporting the rebels in Syria is an important development. Cliff Garner, who spent several years in Turkey teaching English as a second language, shares his insights into the political maneuvering of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.Continue Reading