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The M.B. on the Edmund Pettus Bridge

(8) Comments | Posted July 31, 2013 | 11:43 AM

The mounting carnage in Egypt is alarming, especially given the role of the army and its purported mandate to protect the country from terror. But the gory details that assail the eyes of even the most casual observer don't seem to produce enough international outrage to stem the killing. This...

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Trayvon, Morsi and B.S.

(3) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 5:25 PM

In his precious little essay "On B.S." (actually, he doesn't use abbreviations), Princeton's Harry Frankfurt exposes the real aim of self-serving double-speak. Whereas liars know the truth and simply want to conceal it, a B.S.-er is "neither on the side of the true nor on the side of the false...

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Egypt's Debacle: The Beginning of History?

(48) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 3:37 PM

I have lost count of the number of essays, analyses and commentaries I have read on the tragically unfolding events in Egypt. In all of them, however, the modern political imagination -- in the East as well as in the West -- seems to be thoroughly, if not exclusively, informed...

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Trayvon Martin: Between 'Whitening' and Bad Law

(94) Comments | Posted April 2, 2012 | 7:04 PM

Weeks and weeks after the fact, we are still trying to explain and understand why and how in 21st century America a grown man can pursue and kill an unarmed, innocent child and walk away clean. Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law empowers citizens to use deadly force if they fear...

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9/11 A Decade Later: The Ironic Impact Of Islamophobia

(31) Comments | Posted September 8, 2011 | 6:53 PM

It is ironic that though they have born much of the blame for the dastardly deeds of September 11, 2001, this crime has affected no group in America as negatively as it has Muslim Americans. Not only did Muslim Americans die on that day, they have since suffered psychological and...

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Sharia and Day to Day Existence

(32) Comments | Posted January 3, 2011 | 7:44 AM

Recently, I was invited to speak at the "Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference" in Toronto, Canada. The assigned 'topic' came with a long series of questions, including: "With all the debate around the 'dangers' of Sharia and of Muslims' so-called desire to overthrow Western law and replace it with Islamic...

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Sharia in America: How Religious Laws Change

(484) Comments | Posted October 18, 2010 | 7:53 AM

Presumptive presidential hopeful and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich wants Congress to pass "a federal law that says sharia law cannot be recognized by any court in the United States." The cause célèbre presumably animating Gingrich's concerns was a case in New Jersey involving a Moroccan immigrant whose wife alleged...

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The Problem of Suffering: Muslim Theological Reflections

(246) Comments | Posted September 18, 2010 | 7:51 PM

M: "Glorified be God who is above committing evil."

A: "No, glorified be God in whose dominion nothing occurs without God's permission."

M: "Does God will that God be disobeyed?"

A: "Could God be disobeyed against God's will?"

M: "If God denies me guidance and decrees...

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What Is Shariah and Why Does It Matter?

(614) Comments | Posted September 11, 2010 | 8:16 PM

It's 10:30 p.m. You're a black male driving along the back roads of Anywhere, USA. Your car breaks down just as your cell-phone battery dies, so you'll have to get out and knock on someone's door for help. You come upon a patch of houses, some proudly boasting American flags,...

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Sharî'ah: Between Two Popes

(675) Comments | Posted August 29, 2010 | 8:42 PM

While it started out as a minor footnote, opposition to sharî'ah has now morphed into the mantra by which many justify their opposition to the so-called "Ground Zero mosque." If we allow this mosque to go forth, so the logic goes, the next thing you know, all the bars in...

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