How Talmudic Legends Found Their Way to “Arabian Nights”

April 13 2021

In 1885, the British diplomat and adventurer Richard Francis Burton published his translation of One Thousand and One Nights, the famed collection of Arabic tales. Benjamin Ivry examines Burton’s attitude toward Jews:

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More about: Anti-Semitism, Arabic literature, Philo-Semitism, Talmud

 

Despite Opposition from the Taliban, Islamic State Is Thriving in Afghanistan

According to Taliban officials, Islamic State’s Afghanistan offshoot (known as the “Khorasan province,” or ISKP) has but a negligible presence. American diplomats, for their part, have claimed that the new jihadist government in Kabul can provide a bulwark against the group, which opposes what it sees as the Taliban’s relative religious moderation. But, Oved Lobel argues, the evidence supports neither interpretation:

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More about: ISIS, Taliban, Terrorism, U.S. Foreign policy