Monthly Archives: September 2013

Changing Organization of Al-Shabab

The al-Shabab organization has clearly been evolving over the past months, perhaps leading to its spectacular attack on Westgate Mall in Nairobi, Kenya, last week. Analysts who study terrorist organizations and religious violence have been tracking the changing profile of … Continue reading

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Graduate Conference in Toronto

NEW FRONTIERS GRADUATE HISTORY CONFERENCE York University, Toronto February 20-22, 2014 Call for Papers We are seeking proposals for the eighteenth annual New Frontiers in Graduate History Conference. We encourage papers from a wide range of national, regional, thematic … Continue reading

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Jews Praying on the Temple Mount

Jews regularly pray at the Western Wall of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Recently, however, some Jews have begun to climb atop the Temple Mount to pray on the ruins of the First and Second Temples of Jerusalem. According to … Continue reading

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Al-Shabab Attack in Nairobi

The militant group Al-Shabab has claimed responsibility for an attack by multiple gunmen at a shopping mall in Nairobi known as the Westgate centre. The BBC reports that “The attackers entered the Westgate centre at about 12:00 local time (09:00 … Continue reading

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Growing Sectarian Violence in Iraq

Sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia militants is again growing in Iraq. A series of bombings targeting civilians at mosques and funerals has rocked Baghdad over the past week. In the latest attack, a suicide car bomb and two other … Continue reading

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