Al-Azhar maintains that Islam is a religion of peace, yet is ambiguous in condemning ISIS, all the while using its religious authority to ban a much needed and overdue conversation not only in Egypt but all over the Muslim world. Is it just me or is there something bewilderingly wrong with this picture?
The public discussion about the causes of violent extremism has focused mainly on the socioeconomic and political conditions that exist in Arab countries. But we must also carefully consider how the events in the wake of World Wars I and II have impacted the psychological disposition of the Arab population throughout the Middle East.
The failure of last year's election to achieve political unity in Libya was most evident when Fajr Libya, or "Libya Dawn" -- a diverse coalition of armed groups that includes an array of Islamist militias -- rejected the election's outcome and seized control of Tripoli.
Mwazna is the brainchild of two young Egyptians: Internet entrepreneur and part-time hacker Amr Sobhy and data scientist Tarek Amr. Armed with facts they want to make Egyptian politics more open and discussion more informed.
It is very bewildering, albeit horrifyingly fascinating, to watch American politicians jockey and posture for war with Iran.
The Old Testament has two different commands for using what are called phylacteries (Hebrew, tefillin): one in Deuteronomy, the other in Exodus.
Modern digital mapping tools have transformed the potential of maps in urban development, allowing us to produce more detailed and sophisticated visualizations of cities. As access to these tools continues to expand, the resulting maps grow even richer.
I kneel in a sort of gasping awe as I read the words of the Kellogg-Briand Pact, a treaty signed in 1928 - by the United States, France, Germany, Great Britain, Japan and ultimately by every country that then existed. The treaty... outlaws war.
Passover is a story of the victory of the powerless over the powerful, the slave over the master. Given the context, it's natural that seder table talk often turns political. But arguments that turn hostile aren't liberating. They are stifling.
How low will the Egyptian government go in silencing the voices of its citizens and its human rights activists? Last week, it went even lower than thought possible. In what amounted to a judicial masquerade, the Egyptian government suddenly decided to prosecute one of the world's most active and effective human rights defenders, Azza Soliman, for denouncing police brutality.
So we have yet another crisis in a little-known place to worry about. The difference is that, with this one, it's not hard at all to see how it could trigger a regional conflagration.
There is little sign that America's key allies in this fight are paying attention to all of the elements of President Obama's multifaceted approach to countering violent extremism. The forthcoming Arab Summit will further expose these differences. That can only undermine the effectiveness of multilateral cooperation against ISIL.
Libya's collapse has been almost total. Alas, the consequences will linger for years if not decades. When war-happy politicians, including Hillary Clinton and her gaggle of Republican rivals, next stand before America, voters should hold these pitiful policymakers accountable for the disaster they created in Libya.
Just think about the supreme irony unfolding in war-torn Yemen -- Exhibit A of what I would charitably call "Kerry compartmentalization." While feve...
I grew up hearing stories of how my grandparents survived the Armenian Genocide. Of how my grandfather hid in a haystack for more than forty days while his father and brother were taken away, never to be seen or heard from again.
An Egyptian prosecutor has set the stage for the banning of a group of hard-core, militant soccer fans by charging them with accepting money and explosives from the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood to stage last month's Cairo football riot in which 22 people were killed.