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After Iran Deal, U.S. Needs to Reassure Arabs Over 'Pax Iranica'

Husain Haqqani | Posted 09.10.2015 | World
Husain Haqqani

Unless Iran gives up its radical revolutionary ideology, it will continue to be perceived as a threat. In its zealous embrace of the nuclear deal with Iran, the United States should avoid the pitfall of considering Tehran's radicalism any less dangerous than that of extremists such as ISIS.

The Truth About Islam and Sex Slavery History Is More Complicated Than You Think

Kecia Ali | Posted 08.19.2015 | World
Kecia Ali

Islamic State atrocities, including systematic rape of captive Yazidi women and girls, have prompted debates over Islam and slavery. Simplistic claims that Islam accepts or forbids slavery ignore complex issues of interpretation and implementation. They also obscure both the lasting impact of slavery on Muslim sexual ethics and the troubling ways that only some violence merits notice or condemnation.

A U.S.-Iran Realignment Is Not in the Cards

James Zogby | Posted 07.20.2015 | Politics
James Zogby

With the conclusion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) between the P5+1 and Iran, some are panicking in despair, while others have visions of a dramatically realigned Middle East. Both views are overreactions, since the deal itself is quite limited in scope, and the impact of 35 years of history and politics cannot easily be erased.

Endless U.S. Support for Dictators Powers Islamic State

Steve Koppman | Posted 05.06.2015 | World
Steve Koppman

What if the real problem in the Middle East isn't a few thousand crazy guys running around in the desert chopping off heads? What if the real problem is the established order that inspired them to organize, the very order the U.S. continually helps perpetuate?

Who Gets to Say What Is 'Islamic?'

Nancy Fuchs Kreimer | Posted 04.27.2015 | Religion
Nancy Fuchs Kreimer

Muslim Americans will tell us how we can best be their allies. We don't need to enter into the debate on the true nature of their religion. Rather, we should stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our Muslim friends as they work out what they believe is "very Islamic" today.

Speaking Truth to Power in Turkey: An Interview with Ekrem Dumanli

Yohuru Williams | Posted 04.14.2015 | World
Yohuru Williams

The Turkish government has isolated itself from the outside world, making the country lonelier in the international arena. Due to the government's misguided policies, there is virtually no country that is friendly with Turkey.

Islamic Pluralists Must Show Their Face

Ramin Jahanbegloo | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Ramin Jahanbegloo

The radical actors of the Muslim world, in destroying the troublesome symbols of free thinking, are destroying their own cultural vitality and dynamism. In truth, their Islamist culture of death has resulted in a death of Islamic culture. The urgent task for Islamic pluralists is to lift the shadow of violence from the Islamic culture and recall Muslims to their traditions of an empathetic civilization that feels another's sorrow and does not need an enemy for its sustenance.

There Is No ‘Muslim World'

Ahmed Benchemsi | Posted 03.21.2015 | World
Ahmed Benchemsi

It's no wonder the West has been quick to give up on and to forget the liberal, cosmopolitan youth that fueled the Arab Spring of recent years -- a demographic that hardly fits into the Western view that everyone in these countries is primarily characterized by religiosity.

Why Volunteer?

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact
Benjamin Orbach

Today, on International Volunteer Day, we celebrate the contributions of volunteers all over the world to improving our communities, whether those efforts are focused locally, nationally, or globally. 62 million Americans volunteered last year, that's close to 25 percent of the population over the age of 12!

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?

Turkey Ambivalent on LGBTQI Population

Irene Monroe | Posted 01.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Irene Monroe

Turkey is a country conflicted when it comes to its LGBTQI population. On the one hand, Turkey was the first country in the Muslim world to hold an LGBTQI pride march, but on the other, the rate of hate crimes against LGBTQI people in Turkey is the highest among European countries.

At War With Islam?

Nida Khan | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Nida Khan

As the fight against ISIS/ISIL continues, and so do our campaigns to fight terrorism around the world, we are bound to be reminded that we are not in a war against Islam. But why is it that when I turn on the news, listen to people discuss Islam or look at images of Muslims in popular culture, it damn sure feels like we are.

The Islamic State and the Soul of Islam?

Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Mohsin Mohi-Ud Din

The battles against terrorists such as the Islamic State and the centuries-old tension between Sunnis and Shias are not symbolic of the 'soul of a religion'. Instead, these sectarian and politically fueled schisms are symbolic of the battles for the soul of humanity, pluralism and peace.

The Salaam Games: Coming to a Stadium Near You!

Atif Choudhury | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Atif Choudhury

What if we could bring a broad range of these personalities in the Muslim world together for an event celebrating diversity while showcasing unity, strength, and peace?

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 3)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

We recently decided to have an extended email conversation addressing the Islamic State (ISIS) in Faisal's home country of Iraq, being called an "Uncle Tom" by white people, the existence -- or non-existence -- of a "moderate" Islam, and the one key factor needed to bring about a true Islamic reformation.

Is It Time to Separate Islam From the Muslim World?

Taufiq Rahim | Posted 10.23.2014 | Politics
Taufiq Rahim

In facing the dangerous situation today presented by the Islamic State and its ideological peers, we should be clear: There is no crisis in Islam. But, there is, conversely and unmistakably, an existential crisis (or crises) in the Muslim world. It is time to speak and act accordingly.

Why People Apparently Don't Care About Muslim Surveillance or Dead Palestinian Kids

Nida Khan | Posted 09.21.2014 | Religion
Nida Khan

Make no mistake about it: the dehumanization of Muslims didn't just happen overnight. On the contrary, it's part of a long process of failed imaging, stereotyping, misrepresentation and flat out bias in the press, entertainment industry and society in general.

In Morocco, A Lasting Impact Means Building Trust

Stefan Cornibert | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Stefan Cornibert

I'm back in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco for the second term of the America's Unofficial Ambassadors (AUA) summer program here, helping a new team of volunteers get started in their service roles.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 2)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

This is a continuation of my conversation with Faisal Saeed Al Mutar, who I met just months after he arrived in the United States for the first time f...

The Compatibility Question in American Classrooms

Casey Donahue | Posted 04.22.2014 | College
Casey Donahue

Just as I would not use an apple's core to study its skin, I would not rely solely on the Bible to understand America's Christian Right. It isn't fair to put on trial an Islamic text that is not authentically represented or agreed upon by its politicized constituents.

India: Religion vs. Elections

Connor Ryan | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Connor Ryan

Starting April 16, the people of India will determine the government of the country for the next five years. The elections will end on May 13 and the previous government will cease to exist on May 31.

A Conversation Between Two Atheists From Muslim Backgrounds (Part 1)

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

I met Faisal Saeed Al Mutar recently, just months after he arrived in the United States for the first time from Iraq. Both of us grew up in Middle Eas...

Dear World, Let's Give Saudi Women Some Credit

Laila Alawa | Posted 03.15.2014 | World
Laila Alawa

If we are truly looking to help the women in Saudi, it is integral to no longer engage in the far more comfortable monologue that we've had so many times. Instead, let's begin to engage in dialogue -- that is, dialogue that comes with the go-ahead of the Saudi women.

Lack of Women Empowerment Contradicts Quranic Vision

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 02.22.2014 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

Treating women with the inherent dignity that she was created with, ensuring that their rights are preserved and advocating that they are given equitable opportunities to succeed is necessary to uphold the Quranic vision.

5 Pieces of Advice for Volunteering Internationally

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 02.04.2014 | Travel
Benjamin Orbach

There is a lot to do to prepare for a successful experience. In honor of International Volunteer Day, and in an effort to develop more impactful partnerships, I offer these five pieces of advice to Americans planning to volunteer internationally.