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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?

Morsi Plays the Sectarian Card

Daniel Wagner | Posted 08.25.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Morsi must realize that he cannot have his cake and eat it too -- attempting to embrace Tehran on one hand and the West and rest of the Arab world on the other. He is trying to be all things to all people, which will not work.

Is Spiritual Logic An Oxymoron? What About Sufi Salafism?

Claire Alkouatli | Posted 11.16.2012 | Religion
Claire Alkouatli

When you step into the Prophet Muhammad's mosque in Medina--at the heart of the Islamic world, shoulder to shoulder with people of every ethnicity on earth--the deep subtle brilliant beauty is resounding. Everything is in perfect balance.

Religious Right and Politics -- From Iowa to Cairo

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 02.15.2012 | World
Parvez Ahmed

The nexus between politics and religion has been on the rise globally for quite some time now. It is an irony that it is the religious right in each country that often expresses the most misgivings about the rise of the religious right in other countries.

The New Dynamics of Egypt's Elections

Mohamed Elmenshawy | Posted 01.11.2012 | World
Mohamed Elmenshawy

In these landmark elections, Egyptians will cast their vote for the first time without a pre-determined outcome, as the most populous Arab country holds its first free and fair election in modern history.

Is Islamic Mysticism Really Islam?

Omid Safi | Posted 05.29.2011 | Religion
Omid Safi

How did such a powerful and beautiful dimension of Islam come to be viewed with such suspicion by so many Muslims?

Congress and Lebanon

Stephen Zunes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Zunes

With a history like this, Congress should think twice before going on record in support of specific factions in Lebanon's confusing and violent political environment. But over 95% of House members disagree.