Graeme Wood

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ISIS: the Three Types of Fighter

In the September 10 edition of The New Republic.

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ISIS: The Ideology of a Caliphate

In the September 1 issue of The New Republic.

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Sorcery at War

Originally appeared in The New York Times.

BANGUI, Central African Republic — This nation is flirting with genocide. Two barely organized groups — one Christian, one Muslim — have been fighting for control in the last year, and in some areas have tried to hunt each other to extinction. C.A.R. is splitting in two, with Muslims in the north and Christians in the south. Much of the capital is already empty of Muslims.

And yet casting the conflict in religious terms is a poor way to understand it. The war was caused not by sectarian differences, but by political and economic grievances, the products of systematic neglect of Muslim areas by the government once run by François Bozizé, a general backed by Chad and France. Religious divisions mapped onto, and exacerbated, senses of longstanding economic and political injustice. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Atheist Who Strangled Me

I interviewed and profiled Sam Harris in The Atlantic.

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My Conversion Will Not Be Televised

I debated an Egyptian cleric on Salafi TV: a report for The Atlantic.

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Preacher, Tailor, Salafi, Spy

A report for The New Republic.

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The Blasphemy Divide

At The Boston Globe, I have a piece about the different ways in which the West (the U.S., really) and the Muslim world (and Europe) approach blasphemy.

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Trouble in Timbuktu

At the Boston Globe Ideas section, I wrote about the history of Timbuktu.

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