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Abbas Barzegar
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Abbas Barzegar is an Assistant Professor of Islam at Georgia State University and a Fellow with the Institute of Social Policy and Understanding. With Richard Martin he is co-editor of the volume Islamism: Contested Perspective of Political Islam (Stanford, 2009). His views have been distributed through Common Ground News and the Guardian's Comment is Free. His scholarly research concerns the history of the Sunni-Shi'a conflict.

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Celebrating Malcolm X's 90th Birthday Through Collective Courage and Not Mere Nostalgia

(0) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 4:49 PM

By the look of things, America is suffering through a pretty bad identity crisis. As our society indulges in 50th anniversary commemorations of civil rights movement milestones and tragedies - such as the passage of the Voting Rights Act or the Sunday massacre at Selma police across the country continue to go...

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Is There Room for Malcolm in America Today?

(21) Comments | Posted February 26, 2015 | 10:44 AM

February 21 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Malcolm X, El-Hajj Malik Shabazz, a figure whose memory seems to wax and wane with America's troubled conscience. On the one hand, many would argue that with the first black president in office, it is Martin's dream that has been...

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Nothing Farcical About anti-Muhammad Film

(2254) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 1:45 PM

"First as tragedy, then as farce" is the way history repeats itself as Karl Marx's words continue to teach us. But after an amateur anti-Islamic video went viral in North Africa leaving four state department officials killed in Libya and the US Embassy in Cairo breached, there is hardly anything...

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Between Fanon and Fukayama: Understanding Egypt's Revolutionary Abyss

(2) Comments | Posted January 29, 2011 | 11:46 AM

In a poignant scene from the Battle of Algiers--that timeless cinematic testimony of insurrection, torture, and triumph--Ben M'Hidi, the resistance movement's political boss, tells Ali la Pointe, the street ruffian turned zealous revolutionary, "It is difficult to start a revolution, more difficult to sustain it, and still more difficult to...

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America's "Good Muslims" Are Being Left Out to Dry

(13) Comments | Posted August 19, 2010 | 3:29 PM

There were a few things I did and didn't expect when I first heard about the now controversial Cordoba Initiative's Muslim community center project in Manhattan. Of course, right wing fringe hysteria and contrived national debate -- that was easy to predict. But in truth, I never thought it would...

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CNN's Octavia Nasr: Another Victim of America's Thought Police

(188) Comments | Posted July 9, 2010 | 4:40 PM

Who would have thought that a two line tweet could end a 20 year career in journalism? It surely wasn't CNN's senior Middle East editor Octavia Nasr, who was quickly dismissed after posting an "outrageous" comment on twitter following the passing of Lebanon's Ayatollah Fadlallah: "Sad to hear about the...

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Rethinking Islamic Reform: Finding Tough Answers the Hard Way

(40) Comments | Posted May 26, 2010 | 12:23 PM

From face veils in France to wannabe terrorists in Times Square, the question of how to "fix Islam" has become a normal but urgent question these days. The same question reigns in Muslim majority countries, where cultural forces clash between the hyper secular and the religiously retrograde. Today, Oxford University...

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