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Why Is Erdogan Being Demonized In The West?

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 07.21.2016 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

Many masks have slipped since Turkey's failed military coup last Friday, such that a great many on the right and the left alike, who never tire of eulogising about democracy and human rights, the masses, and people power have been exposed as little more than pseudo-liberals and fake democrats.

ISIS Inspired--or Branded?

Mark Juergensmeyer | Posted 06.20.2016 | World
Mark Juergensmeyer

I've been thinking about how to characterize the ISIS-related aspects of the horrific massacre at an Orlando gay nightclub that killed fifty innocent people enjoying a night out on the town during the wee hours of June 12, 2016. "ISIS inspired" is one way of describing it.

Why Waiting for an Islamic Reformation Is a Lost Cause

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 06.14.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

Over the years there have been many attempts to explain why the Islamic world seems to be, as some have argued, at odds with modernity and political pluralism. Yet, such presumptions persist under determinist arguments, underpinned by the assumption that Islam must eventually undergo an Islamic reformation that follows a similar trajectory and reasoning as Christianity's period of reformation.

To bin Laden and Back: How one man's journey offers a window into the absence of Arab secularism

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 06.04.2016 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

By Lily Lousada Ibrahim Gharaibeh, intellectual and journalist, sits comfortably in the plush velour living room chairs of his Amman home, traditiona...

Islamism: Earth's terrible cancer

Rameh Shirazi | Posted 04.08.2016 | Religion
Rameh Shirazi

Global terrorism is spreading everywhere; it is not only concentrated in the war zone areas of the Middle East such as in Syria and Iraq. Turkey, Fran...

Former ISIS Memember Could Be a Great Asset

Tom Mockaitis | Posted 03.17.2016 | Politics
Tom Mockaitis

The surrender of an American ISIS recruit provides the United States a rare opportunity in its struggle against the terrorist organization.

Islamic Revival and the Yearning for Social Justice

Morgan Y. Liu | Posted 02.10.2016 | Religion
Morgan Y. Liu

Is there a link between Islam and justice? Would a society following Islamic principles be a more just society? Many Muslims across the world today th...

Geneva III -- Set-Up to Fail

Magnus Norell | Posted 02.04.2016 | Politics
Magnus Norell

Even before any negotiations got off the ground in Geneva, the basic conflicts between the participants were on full display. And, to no-ones surprise, less than a week after the start of the so-called proximity talks, Staffan de Mistura suspended the process until at least February 25.

The Arab Spring Is Not Dead

Soumaya Ghannoushi | Posted 01.14.2016 | World
Soumaya Ghannoushi

As the flames ignited from the dusty town of Sidi Bouzid in central Tunisia spread from one Arab country to another, it seemed as if Arabs had finally emerged out of the long dark tunnel where they had been forced to dwell for decades.

Where Are The Progressive Muslim Parties?

A.Kadir Yildirim | Posted 01.11.2016 | Religion
A.Kadir Yildirim

If progressive Muslim parties may, in principle, offer tangible benefits, why are there no progressive religious political movements in the Muslim world?

Being Critical of Islam Is Not Racism

Shawn Moksvold | Posted 01.08.2016 | World
Shawn Moksvold

In a free society, often uncomfortable things must be said to opposing parties to effectively work out complex issues. But when someone attempts to criticize the beliefs of a religion (mostly Islam), the left will invariably attach that criticism to racism.

Turkey's Islamist Agenda in Kosovo

David L. Phillips | Posted 01.01.2016 | World
David L. Phillips

Turkey's foreign policy in the Balkans promotes a neo-Ottoman agenda, aimed at expanding its influence in former territories of the Ottoman Empire. Turkey exports Islamism under the guise of cultural cooperation. It also seeks economic advantage, using business as leverage to consolidate its national interests.

Inside The Islamist War On Secular Bloggers

The New Yorker | Gabriel Arana | Posted 12.28.2015 | Media

On the afternoon of February 26th, Avijit Roy was in Dhaka, finishing a column for BDNews24, a Bangladeshi Web site of news and commentary. Its title,...

Islamism in Kosovo

David L. Phillips | Posted 12.21.2015 | World
David L. Phillips

Given the strong affinity between Albanians and the United States, the recent rise of Islamism in Kosovo is deeply troubling.

ISIS, Muslims and the West

Raza Rumi | Posted 12.09.2015 | World
Raza Rumi

The terrorist attacks on Paris, a nerve centre of European culture, was a déjà vu moment. Nearly 15 years ago, 9/11 had evoked similar sentiments: shock, disbelief and confusion.

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

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 07.14.2016 | 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 06.03.2016 | 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 05.11.2016 | 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.