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September 9, 2006
RE "Bush Film: Original or Outrageous?" by Tina Daunt, Sept. 1: I don't need to see "Death of a President" to know I have a huge problem with the premise of the film. My vote goes in the inappropriate column because the film obviously panders to rabid Bush haters and sends an absolutely screwy message to our enemies in the Islamic world. Many films have been made about the assassination of fictional presidents, and Gabriel Range's choice to depict a current and actual president speaks to a very sick mentality.
December 6, 2002 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
Faced with a negative perception of the United States in the Islamic world, President Bush visited a mosque Thursday as his administration sought to deepen support for the international campaign against terrorism. His trip through snowy streets to the Islamic Center of Washington reflected what the White House has presented as a constant theme since the Sept. 11 attacks -- the importance of reaching out to Muslims, made all the more meaningful as the confrontation with Iraq grows more tense.
June 5, 1989 | SHAUL BAKHASH, Shaul Bakhash is a professor of history at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. and the author of "The Reign of the Ayatollahs: Iran and the Islamic Revolution." and
The era of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who died in Tehran on Saturday, witnessed a radical reversal in Iran's regional and international role and in many of its foreign policies. Khomeini, claiming spiritual leadership of the Islamic world, believed that he had a special mission: to reinvigorate the Muslim community for confrontation with the two hostile superpowers and an exploitative West. Under Khomeini, Iran's foreign policy underwent dramatic changes. The shah viewed the United States as Iran's closest ally; Khomeini labeled it the "Great Satan" and Iran's principal enemy.
February 10, 2006
Re "What would Muhammad do?" Opinion, Feb. 9 Because Jamil Momand is an educated man, it is difficult to understand how his commentary could be so far off the mark. One does not have to be an authority on Islam to know why so many Muslims are reacting with violence to the cartoons lampooning the prophet Muhammad. Islamic teachings have offered young followers a confused, if not duplicitous, code concerning the use of violence to resolve conflict. Extremist imams and terrorists around the world have seized on these ambiguities to recruit killers.
December 7, 1997 | Robin Wright, Robin Wright, who covers global issues for The Times, is the author of "Sacred Rage: The Wrath of Militant Islam."
After two decades of sometimes bloody rivalries, the disparate faces of Islam gather in Tehran this week to address a critical issue: Can they ever reconcile? Could they even develop a common vision? The answer, in the form of a much-anticipated Tehran Declaration, will affect everything from the price of oil in U.S. suburbs to the flash points of the post-Cold War world.
September 1, 2012 | By Devorah Lauter
PARIS - The Louvre's astonishing new wing for the department of Islamic art undulates like molten gold, so liquid-smooth in contrast to the surrounding neoclassical architecture framing it that at a glance from afar it almost looks like a digitalized, fake rendering of what visitors can hope to see in the distant future. For the museum's enlarged, 18,000-piece treasure trove of Islamic art, opening Sept. 22, architects Mario Bellini from Italy and Rudy Ricciotti from France used the latest in computer technology to create what is the most significant, innovative architectural expansion project to the museum since I.M. Pei shook up the institution with his glass pyramid in 1989.
July 29, 2005 | Philip Brandes, Special to The Times
In the last hundred years, Turkey has traveled farther along the convulsive path from a static, autocratic ancient society to a modern republic than any other country in the Islamic world. The heavy price of transformation its people paid -- and the ongoing clash of civilizations that leaves their future precariously in doubt -- are eloquently illuminated in Sinan Unel's "Pera Pelas" at Pasadena's Boston Court Theatre.
February 22, 1991 | NAZEER AHMED, Nazeer Ahmed is president of the Islamic Society of Orange County, which represents about 25,000 Muslims, and a former member of India's legislative assembly. and
In 1779, the king of Morocco was among the first rulers to write to George Washington and accept the independence of the newly founded Republic. Soon thereafter the Middle East faded from American minds, reviving only after World War II with the Palestine conflict and the discovery of oil. Now the region is at dead-center of America's consciousness, and there is as much opportunity as risk in how Washington conducts itself.
March 6, 2012 | By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Against the backdrop of a key gathering of the United States' pro-Israel lobby in the nation's capital, Rick Santorum on Monday delivered a forceful rebuke of President Obama's policy in the Middle East. Santorum implied a connection between the world view of the president and the Islamic world. After saying that a majority in the Islamic world or the Middle East didn't believe in the Holocaust and therefore did not recognize Israel's right to exist, Santorum said Obama also fails to understand Israel's special status.
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