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Paris Attacks: A Clash between Literal Islam and Human Desires?

Fathima Imra Nazeer | Posted 11.23.2015 | World
Fathima Imra Nazeer

Simply condemning those who blow themselves up and claiming that they have perverted the faith of our ancestors is not good enough. It's time we look within our traditions and deal with the very real issues that contribute to young Muslims behaving this way.

Lebanon's Complacency On ISIS Victims: A Harsh Reminder That The Time For Change Is Now

Kareem Chehayeb | Posted 11.18.2015 | World
Kareem Chehayeb

The Lebanese government's reputation couldn't be worse, especially the ministry of interior and Al Machnouk. Ever since the trash protests escalated in Beirut last August, all eyes have been on the Internal Security Forces (ISF) and Nohad Al Machnouk

Diplomats Invoke Plan For Joint Action In Syria

AP | Mehreen Kasana | Posted 11.16.2015 | World

VIENNA (AP) — Invoking the need for joint action after the terrorist attacks on Paris, foreign ministers of nearly 20 nations agreed Saturday t...

Terrorism and the Crisis of Sunni Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 10.19.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

The roots of Sunni Islam's ailments it must be noted are not entirely to do with religion, as most journalists, politicians and "experts" in Europe and across the Atlantic never tire of repeating. Rather than scripture and theology, it is in politics and economics, in power balances, foreign interventions and the scramble for influence and resources that the causes of its ills reside.

Muslims Can Serve

David L. Phillips | Posted 10.08.2015 | World
David L. Phillips

A critical distinction exists between a Muslim and a radical Islamist. Muslims may serve. Radical Islamists who reject constitutional democracy and allegiance to the US Constitution may not.

Wahhabism, Saudi Arabia, and Their Gift to Yale

Omer Aziz | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Omer Aziz

The first thing you need to know about Saudi Arabia is that it is not a country but a financial and religious empire with a million poisonous tentacles stretching across both the West and the Muslim world.

Is an Emerging Patriotism Driving Good Governance in Africa? Views from Mauritania

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

With less than four million inhabitants, widespread illiteracy and a long history of authoritarian rule by military strongmen, Francophone Mauritania seems an unlikely breeding ground for think tanks.

A Way Forward - Countering Militant Islamism in the MENA-Region

Magnus Norell | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics
Magnus Norell

In light of the recent Islamist atrocities it may be fair to ask what possible steps to take in order to counter the trend of increasing terrorism violence across the MENA-region, as well as in Europe. It's a dark picture to be sure, made even worse by the rise of the Islamic State (IS).

Iran Army Mastermind's Tactics and Strategies: Soleimani

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 06.05.2015 | World
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Qassem Soleimani, Iranian military leader, ideologue, and commander in chief of the Quds force- a branch of the Islamic Republic's Revolutionary Guard Corps that conducts extraterritorial military and clandestine operations- has been coming out of his shell and becoming more vocal in stating his opinions.

A Model for Moderate Muslims

Stephen Schwartz | Posted 05.12.2015 | Religion
Stephen Schwartz

Continuing terrorism by Islamist radicals in the Middle East, Europe, and the U.S has led numerous commentators to argue for solutions that nearly always involve revision of the foundations of the religion, especially the Quran.

Dimensions of the Authoritarian Drift in Turkey

Alp Aslandogan | Posted 06.22.2015 | World
Alp Aslandogan

Turkey's journey of democratization toward EU membership stalled and made a U-turn during the third term of its ruling party AKP. Turkey's democratizing reforms have been both a state policy and a popular path throughout 90s and were accelerated under then-prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2003.

36th Anniversary of Iran's Islamic Revolution Victory

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh | Posted 04.22.2015 | Politics
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh

Although not many experts, politicians and scholars held the belief that the Islamic revolution, its political system and the cleric rule would last long, the new system of governance which created upheaval in the socio-political system of Iran has survived for 36 years.

Instead of Seeking Revenge, We Must Fight ISIS by Advancing Ideologies of Human Solidarity

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal

The sensationalist tendencies of our contemporary global media have offered an ideal echo chamber for the warped and corrupt ideologies of these militant groups. We must better utilize this echo chamber to put forth convincing ideologies that strengthen the possibility for human solidarity.

A Tale of Two Markets

Daniel Raphael Silverstein | Posted 04.05.2015 | Religion
Daniel Raphael Silverstein

In the face of the fragility of life and mighty forces of hatred and fear, many will lapse into denial or despair, making decisions from a place of spiritual defeat. This is not what our tradition asks of us. We are called to fully acknowledge the reality of evil, and lovingly perpetuate life in spite of it.


Daniel Maidman | Posted 03.14.2015 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

The magazine Charlie Hebdo was -- is -- a house of guardians. Its staff pledged themselves to guarding one of the bedrock requirements of our civilization: its freedom of speech.

France and Muslims: What Camus Would Say

Ethan Casey | Posted 03.09.2015 | Books
Ethan Casey

The proximate occasion for my publishing this short appreciation is, of course, the terrorist murder of a dozen staff of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris on January 7. But Camus speaks to us far beyond France, and beyond any particular event.

Qanta Ahmed's Message and Mission

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2015 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

As a campaigner for peace and pluralism, Ahmed is dismayed by the toxic lure of an Islamist doctrine that is supremacist, separatist, and hostile to secular Western values, and she calls for an urgent review of this ideology.

The Battle for Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Does the situation of present-day Muslim society, marked by crisis, tensions, foreign interventions and political despotism, foster the reformist democratic Islam, or does it promote its violent and theocratic rivals?

Misconceptions of Political Islam

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.16.2015 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

As soon as the Tunisian elections results were announced with Nidaa Tounes overtaking Ennahdha party, celebrations of the "Islamists'" defeat at the hands of the "secularists" got underway across the media in France and many other western capitals.

Mythbusters: Bill Maher Edition

Omar Sarwar | Posted 10.06.2015 | Religion
Omar Sarwar

Since his highly controversial exchange with Ben Affleck and Nicholas Kristof on October 3rd, Bill Maher has insisted that he's simply stating the unpleasant facts about the Muslim world. But there are two particularly noxious myths that need to be debunked.

On Non-Violent Islamic Extremism (3/3)

Elham Manea | Posted 12.22.2014 | World
Elham Manea

This project is the responsibility of Muslims themselves. It cannot be imposed from the outside. But it is necessary to tame religion, bring it back to the private sphere, and separate it from politics.

Democratic Islam Is the Best Antidote to ISIS

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 12.24.2014 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Tunisia, which had shown Arabs a way out of the prison of dictatorship through peaceful protest, is today demonstrating that on the ruins of the old order a democracy could be built.

The Islamic State and Christian Security

Leona Foxx | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Leona Foxx

King Carl XVI Gustaf walked down the aisle with the Rev. Dr. Antje Jackelen, Archbishop of the Church of Sweden. We opened the prayer service for peac...

Time to Face the ISIS Inside of Us

Elham Manea | Posted 10.22.2014 | World
Elham Manea

It would be easier to look the other way. It would be easier. But if we continue to blame the others, insist on our inaction and silence, it is we, we, no one else, who is letting our religion be hijacked by this fundamentalist interpretation of Islam.

An Atheist's (Somewhat) Relaxed View of the Qur'an

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 10.01.2014 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

Objectively, there's no denying that today Islamic extremism poses more of a threat than other types of religious fanaticism. There are complex historical, social, and cultural reasons for this. But this is not a matter of the text of the Qur'an being inherently more susceptible to intolerant interpretations than the Bible.