Jihadism Among Us: Terror Is a Modern, Political Phenomenon

Look for the roots of Islamic terror not in medieval Arabia but in the romantic, murderous atmosphere of revolutionary France, beheadings and all.

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Several months ago The New Yorker dedicated a long article to Ahlam al-Nasr, a young female poet from Syria. Profile pieces about poets are not especially common nowadays, but Nasr is exceptional: She is known...