Global Politics

Who wants a caliphate, anyway?

The idea of a caliphate has a powerful history for Muslims, who enjoyed their greatest political and military successes under ancient caliphs. But Muslims are divided over whether the caliphate proclaimed by ISIS militants is worthy of that proud mantle.


Lifestyle & Belief

The face of Islam in Pakistan

Pakistan is seen as a hot spot for extreme Islamic beliefs. But most Pakistanis follow a gentler, more tolerant form of Islam, based on Sufi mysticism and folklore. The BBC's Barbara Plett reports from Lahore.

Conflict & Justice

Islam in crisis

Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with former Iraqi Minister of Defense and Minister of Finance Ali Allawi about his new book, "The Crisis of Islamic Civilization."

Global Politics

Hezbollah in Lebanon

Some say the militant group Hezbollah has a good chance of winning a majority in Lebanon's legislative elections next month. The World's Aaron Schachter reports on what the reaction in the US and Europe might be to a Hezbollah-dominated government.

Lifestyle & Belief

Swat Valley update

More than one-and-a-half million Pakistanis are said to have fled the Swat Valley. Many are living in camps. Anchor Marco Werman gets an update on security and humanitarian conditions in Pakistan's remote regions from the BBC's Haroon Rashid.