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Abigail R. Esman, the author, most recently, of Radical State: How Jihad Is Winning Over Democracy in the West (Praeger, 2010), is a freelance writer based in New York and the Netherlands.

ARTICLES BY: Abigail R. Esman

July 12, 2018 11:18 am

Reading, Writing, and Jihad: Child Soldiers and a Lost Generation

The child soldiers in Yemen are many. There is "Saeed," 18, who told a reporter that "brave men become martyrs on the battlefields." As a soldier,...

June 19, 2018 7:56 am

The Horrors of Honor Violence in the West

She was a 15-year-old student at San Antonio's Taft High School with a soft smile and dark eyes. Like most girls her age in Texas,...

June 12, 2018 8:34 am

When Mental Illness Becomes an Excuse for Terrorists

It was a warm afternoon in the Netherlands on May 5 as the country celebrated the 73rd anniversary of its liberation from Nazi occupation. Some had...

May 9, 2018 8:14 am

Cloak and Fashion: When a Museum Becomes a Tool for Islam

Look out, Anna Wintour. It's not you, but the world's Muslim women who now rule as the "arbiters of style within and beyond their communities." That...

May 7, 2018 11:07 am

Threats to Apostates ‘Most Severe’ in Muslim Countries and Beyond

It was the traditional Milad un Nabi, when Muslims commemorate the birthday of the Prophet Mohammed, and the imam in a small Punjabi village had a...

April 25, 2018 7:41 am

Behind the Civil Rights Mask of the Women’s March Leaders

Chances are, if you supported the Women's March, you were duped. And if you are Jewish and supported the March, you were duped twice. Even before the event,...

April 18, 2018 9:45 am

Emerging Islamist Political Clout Accelerates Europe’s Self-Islamization

Forget the beheading videos, the ISIS propaganda on social media, and even the terrorist attacks themselves. Europe, says counterterrorism expert Afshin Ellian, is Islamizing itself....

March 27, 2018 2:53 pm

What Exactly Is Terrorism? Why Words Matter

It is a concept and a word that has shaped politics worldwide for decades, all the more since September 11: terrorism. But what does "terrorism" really...

March 21, 2018 1:19 pm

Radicalization in the Classroom: A Continuing Problem in European Schools

For five years, Umar Haque taught children at East London mosques and secondary schools. Then he was arrested. On March 2, Haque was found guilty of...

February 26, 2018 12:24 pm

Protecting Afghan and Muslim Women Is a National Security Issue

There was the woman whose husband sliced off her genitalia, and then reached inside her with his hand, damaging her inner organs. There was the woman whose husband cut...

February 15, 2018 3:20 pm

The West Embraces the Hijab as Muslim Women Risk Their Lives for the Right to Choose

Of all the photos of my wedding day, one has always carried a particular, unique kind of joy: It is an image of my bridesmaid,...

January 23, 2018 1:38 pm

Young But Dangerous: Still No Answer to Handling Europe’s Children of ISIS

When Emilie Konig left her home in France to join the Islamic State, she left her two children behind. The former barmaid, who converted to Islam after...

January 14, 2018 12:11 pm

As Attacks on Jews Rise in Europe, Antisemitism Is the New Cool

More disturbing than the alleged arson at a suburban Paris kosher supermarket on Tuesday -- the third anniversary of the terror attack at the kosher Hyper-Cacher...

December 27, 2017 11:47 am

Rethinking ‘Radicalization’: Dutch Researcher Discusses What Makes a Homegrown Terrorist

On November 2, 2004, Dutch filmmaker and writer Theo van Gogh left his home and set off to work, riding his bicycle as he did most...


A Brilliant ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in Yiddish

Why is this Fiddler different than all others? I’ll tell you. Fiddler on the Roof is arguably the most important Jewish contribution to musical theater....

Israel Gets Set to Land Its First Spacecraft on the Moon - "Houston, the Eagle has landed” will soon be a common refrain for Israelis. While famed entrepreneur Elon Musk sent...

The Integration Between Israeli and American Jews in New Jersey - Rather than a classroom setting, New Jersey middle and high school students participating in the Israeli-American Council’s (IAC)...


US Launches Campaign to Erode Support for Iran’s Leaders

The Trump administration has launched an offensive of speeches and online communications meant to foment unrest and help pressure Iran to end its nuclear program and its support of militant...

Middle East

Jordan Takes in Syrian ‘White Helmets’ Evacuated With Israeli H...

Jordan said on Sunday 800 people including members of Syria's "White Helmets" civil defense group had been evacuated from southwest...