How the British Divided Up the Arab World

(Courtesy of: Lost Islamic History)

The development of the modern nation states throughout the Arab world is a fascinating and heartbreaking process. 100 years ago, most Arabs were part of the Ottoman Caliphate, a large multi-ethnic state based in Istanbul. Today, a political map of the Arab world looks like a very complex jigsaw puzzle. A complex and intricate course of events in the 1910s brought about the end of the Ottomans and the rise of these new nations with borders running across the Middle East, diving Muslims from each other. While there are many different factors leading to this, the role that the British played in this was far greater than any other player in the region. Three separate agreements made conflicting promises that the British had to stand by. The result was a political mess that divided up a large part of the Muslim world.

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Syria - history 101

With the USA now backing the opposition to the government in Syria, Assad's days seem numbered, as echoed by many commentators. Below we look back at the recent history of Syria from WWI to the present time, including how the Assad family came to power. Another agent bites the dust.

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Islam and reformation

In the name of Allah (God), The Creator of everything, Who alone knows what is good and bad for His creation. 

For whatever is sound and correct, all praise is due to Allah; any errors are due to human fallibility.

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