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Ayaan Hirsi Ali

A Tale of Boko Haram, Political Correctness, Feminism and the Left

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.31.2014 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

As the situation confronting kidnapped women in Nigeria continues to deteriorate, the need for international solidarity has never been greater. The 276 teenage women, who were kidnapped at gunpoint by Islamist group Boko Haram, have been held captive for more than a month.

New Report: The Push Against Campus Speakers Is Getting More Intense

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 05.30.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The term "disinvitation season" has been something of a dark joke for years, but as every year passed, it got less funny. The intensity of demands that speakers be disinvited seemed to swell over time, and increasingly, we saw speakers bow out in the face of protest.

Boko Haram and Bill Maher Are Both Wrong

Parvez Ahmed | Posted 07.19.2014 | Religion
Parvez Ahmed

As smart and witty as Bill Maher is, he has a blind spot about religion in general and Islam in particular.

Commencement Speakers, Academic Freedom and the Pursuit of Excellence

Dr. Diana E. Sheets | Posted 07.19.2014 | Education
Dr. Diana E. Sheets

Intellectual growth necessitates becoming exposed to differing ideas and world views -- even if they threaten our core values and beliefs. To do less is to relinquish academic freedom in favor of social conformity.

What Our Condoleezza Rice Commencement Protests Were Really All About

Amani Al-Khatahtbeh | Posted 07.15.2014 | College
Amani Al-Khatahtbeh

These protests are not about the individual speakers themselves. And they're most certainly not just about commencement speeches. This is our generation of young people sending a clear and strong message that racism, bigotry, civil and human rights violations receive no honor from us.

Hirsi Ali: Telling a Critic From an Islamophobe

Kashif N. Chaudhry | Posted 06.30.2014 | Religion
Kashif N. Chaudhry

There is a difference between critiquing Islam and spreading irrational fear of Muslims. There is a difference between intellectually commenting on a religion and inciting hatred of its adherents.

The Phobia of Being Called Islamophobic

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

When you're unable to introduce Pakistan-style blasphemy laws in a secular, Western society, you have to find alternative ways to silence those who offend you, right? And that's where the "Islamophobia" smear comes in.

A Tale of Brandeis, Islam, Feminism and the Left

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Nikolas Kozloff

To be sure, leftists don't want to encourage the political right which has its own opportunistic and underhanded agenda in the Middle East. Yet, by sweeping controversy under the rug and not engaging in key debates, the left opens itself up for attack.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Neither a Critic of Islam, Nor a Champion of Women's Rights

Nathan Lean | Posted 06.18.2014 | Religion
Nathan Lean

It is fine to be a critic of Islam or any religion. But Hirsi Ali crosses a line. Suggesting that her views are simply unfavorable normalizes extremism.

The Line Between Academic Freedom and Hate Speech

Erol Yayboke | Posted 06.15.2014 | Impact
Erol Yayboke

Differing opinions and the academic freedom to discuss them constitute the backbone of any university. But if anyone should know about the impact hate has on people, it is Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Who's Afraid of Ayaan Hirsi Ali? Cultural Imperialism and Islamophobia

Cathy Reisenwitz | Posted 06.14.2014 | Politics
Cathy Reisenwitz

We must beware of cultural imperialism and making enemies out of Muslims, that tension is not best dealt with by silencing Islam's critics. The way to rebut Ali's claims that Islam is fundamentally misogynist is to bring in Muslims who agitate for female equality.

Three Points You Must Not Overlook in Discussing the Brandeis/Hirsi Ali Controversy

Greg Lukianoff | Posted 06.14.2014 | College
Greg Lukianoff

The fact that Louis Brandeis' namesake college is being used by students at other campuses to rationalize the exclusion of speakers on the basis of their beliefs is dizzyingly ironic, and terribly sad.

Milking the Marathon: Ayaan Hirsi Ali's Brandeis Speech

Setareh Sabety | Posted 06.11.2014 | Religion
Setareh Sabety

As a woman who fled Iran because she did not want to be forced into the hijab or banned from travel by her husband, I understand Ayaan Hirsi Ali on a deep and visceral level -- until I read her op-ed in The Wall Street Journal.

Brandeis Gets It Right on Islam

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 06.10.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

Brandeis University, a Jewish-sponsored university and my alma mater, has withdrawn its offer to give an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. In this case, Brandeis got it right.

Jason Linkins

Brandeis University's Decision To Cancel Ayaan Hirsi Ali Appearance Has Done Liberals No Favors

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 04.11.2014 | Politics

Yesterday, it suddenly became very important to focus our attention on the upcoming commencement ceremony at Brandeis University -- which is ordinaril...

University Decides Against Honoring Critic Who Called For Islam To Be 'Defeated'

AP | PAIGE SUTHERLAND | Posted 06.08.2014 | College

BOSTON (AP) — Brandeis University has transformed an accolade into "a moment of shaming" by withdrawing a plan to give an honorary degree to a Musli...

Katy Perry's Blasphemous Act of Free Speech

Irene Monroe | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
Irene Monroe

The ongoing debate between of what constitutes an artistic expression of free speech versus religious protection had recently been witnessed not in the public eye, but instead under the radar on social media. And the stirred-up controversy had been with none other than America's beloved pop music star Katy Perry.

The Regrets Of The Dying

Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 03.20.2013 | Religion
Jaweed Kaleem

Bronnie Ware, an Australian nurse who works many years in palliative care, has compiled a list of the top five regrets dying patients would express to her. What would you regret? This and more in the latest headlines in religion and death.

Help Women Learn to Read: Vote for Cell Ed

Susan Smalley, Ph.D. | Posted 12.30.2012 | Impact
Susan Smalley, Ph.D.

Our failure as global citizens to assure every member has access to education and a human right to learn is something I think can be corrected.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Anger in the Muslim World Over Video: Don't Apologize

Nathan Gardels | Posted 11.18.2012 | World
Nathan Gardels

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the author of Infidel, was forced into hiding in Holland after making a film on Islam and women called Submission with Theo van Gogh. Hirsi Ali now lives in the U.S. I interviewed her for my last Global Viewpoint Network column.

A Global War On Christians In The Muslim World?

John L. Esposito | Posted 04.24.2012 | Religion
John L. Esposito

In the 21st century, Muslims are strongly challenged to move beyond older notions of "tolerance" or "co-existence" to a higher level of religious pluralism based on mutual understanding and respect.

Not All Islam Is Radical Islam

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 04.17.2012 | Home
Noah Fitzgerel

Equating radical Islam with popular Islam is simply ignorant.

How the Arab Spring Sprung From a Nonviolent Source

Michael Shank | Posted 11.22.2011 | World
Michael Shank

The propensity in the U.S. to conflate Islam with violence precludes the possibility of nonviolent Muslim protest motivated by an internal incentive, be it secular or religious. However, the concept of nonviolence is not foreign or new to Muslims.

Women in the World: Stories and Solutions Summit 2011

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marcia G. Yerman

Women In the World: Stories and Solutions continues to lead and lay the groundwork for amplifying concerns that have too long remained out of view.

Get Ready to Compete With the Muslim Brotherhood: Egypt Could Chart a 'Third Way'

Ayaan Hirsi Ali | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Secular democrats' next challenge is the Muslim Brotherhood. They must waste no time in persuading the Egyptian electorate why a Sharia-based government would be bad for them.