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Khaled Abou El Fadl
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Dr. Khaled Abou El Fadl is the Omar and Azmeralda Alfi Distinguished Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law and Chair of the Islamic Studies Interdepartmental Program at UCLA. He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on Islamic law, and a prominent scholar in the field of human rights.

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A Hundred Years from John Dewey to FOX News

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 2:43 AM

I remember a conversation with a renowned academic in the venerable quarters of Jones Hall, Princeton University in 1991. The accomplished scholar gleefully told me the news of a military coup in Algeria that overthrew the government after the Islamists won the provincial elections. In a most sympathetic tone, my...

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Dominating Religion in Egypt's Pseudo-secular State

(3) Comments | Posted September 18, 2013 | 2:50 PM

Recently, Egypt's ruling junta made a decision to withdraw the licenses granted to well over fifty thousand mosques. In a move that is unprecedented in Islamic history, hundreds of thousands of imams have been banned from leading religious services, and only clerics who, not only graduated from al-Azhar...

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Egypt, Wake Up and Smell the Money

(2) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 10:51 AM

In the 1970s, Amos Perlmutter published his masterful study, Egypt: The Praetorian State. Perlmutter traced the formation of a functionary state in which the military becomes the core and dominant institution in society.

The military forms the ruling caste, intermingling and penetrating civil society and the state apparatus,...

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Egypt in the Twilight Zone

(10) Comments | Posted September 2, 2013 | 6:33 PM

There are some very bizarre conspiracy theories circulating in the Egyptian media these days. If you watch any of the government-owned news channels, or even most of the privately owned ones, you will find displayed prominently on the screen: "Egypt is at War with Terrorism!" This is a...

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I Mourn Egypt

(19) Comments | Posted July 9, 2013 | 3:18 PM

I mourn Egypt's short-lived democratic experiment. The Egyptian army claims that it was forced to overthrow a legitimately elected president because it was merely giving effect to the will of the Egyptian people. It is true that most Egyptians hated Morsi's inept government and most Egyptians rejoiced when he was...

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