What is the difference between Sunni and Shiite Muslims and how does it affect what is happening in the Middle East today?

Join host Dale Throneberry and his guests this week as we look at the History of Islam and what might happen in the Middle East during 2016.

Emil HomerinFirst up to help us understand Islam is Th. Emil Homerin, Professor of Religion and Chair of the Department of Religion & Classics at the University of Rochester, where he teaches courses on Islam, classical Arabic literature, and mysticism.  Homerin completed his Ph.D. with honors at the University of Chicago, and subsequently lived and worked in Egypt, Turkey, and Morocco for a number of years. His many publications include six books, and chapters on Islam in The Religious Foundations of Western Civilization (Abingdon Press, 2006), and Introduction to World Religions (Abingdon Press, 2010).  Homerin has been the recipient of grants from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the Fulbright Foundation, the American Research Center in Egypt, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  He has also won a number of translation and teaching awards from the American Association of Teachers of Arabic, the Golden Key Honor Society, and the University of Rochester


bing-west-pic-thumbAnd Veterans Radio favorite Bing West. Bing has been a frequent guest on Veterans Radio. He has written ten books about war and close-in battle. A graduate of Georgetown and Princeton Universities, in Vietnam he was a member of the Marine Force Reconnaissance team that initiated Operation Stingray –attacks behind enemy lines deep in the jungles. He also understands high-level strategy. While serving as Assistant Secretary of Defense under President Reagan, he chaired the United States Security Commissions with El Salvador, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan, South Korea and Japan. Bing West’s amazing insight into what has been going on in the Middle East and the various terrorist organizations from that part of the world have always been “dead on”.

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