Three new books shed new light on the clash of empires and religions from Africa to Persia in the midst of which Islam emerged.
Recovering the Origins of Islam
By Arresting Foreigners and Detaining Ships, Iran Reverts to Its Favorite Method of Diplomacy
On Friday, Iranian naval vessels seized an oil tanker flying the British flag, along with its crew. Taking foreigners hostage has long been a preferred tactic of the Islamic Republic, as Bobby Ghosh writes:
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