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With over 1.5 billion adherents, Islam is the world’s second-largest religion after Christianity. Muslims believe the faith’s central text, the Qur’an, was revealed to the prophet Muhammed during a series of divine encounters. The doctrines of the Qur’an are expounded in the Hadith, collections of sayings attributed to Muhammed, and enacted in Sharia, a moral code considered to be the infallible law of God. The religion is known for its “five pillars”: testimony, prayer, almsgiving, fasting, and pilgrimage, all of which have parallels in Western Christianity. Islam diverges from Christianity in its rejection of several core tenets: the Trinity, the divinity of Christ, the atonement of Christ, the grace of God, and the nature of the afterlife. Embattled in a centuries-long conflict spanning the early days of the Roman Empire to the September 11 terrorist attacks and beyond, Muslims and Christians continue to jockey for cultural and spiritual influence via interfaith evangelism efforts and sociopolitical advocacy.

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  • Westerners join Iraqi Christian militia to fight Islamic State | Reuters
    Thousands of foreigners have flocked to Iraq and Syria in the past two years, mostly to join Islamic State, but a handful of idealistic Westerners are enlisting as well, citing frustration their governments are not doing more to combat the ultra-radical Islamists or prevent the suffering of innocents. The militia they joined is called Dwekh Nawsha – meaning self-sacrifice in the ancient Aramaic language spoken by Christ and still used by Assyrian Christians, who consider themselves the indigenous people of Iraq.
  • Economist: Christianity, Islam and Locke
    And to this day, Locke is provoking some rich intellectual debate, among Muslims as well as Christians.

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