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The Saudi Roots of Today's Shi'ite-Sunni War

Pouya Alimagham | Posted 07.09.2014 | World
Pouya Alimagham

The rise of Shi'ite-Sunni sectarian warfare has its roots not in the distant 7th century, but in Saudi Arabia's response to Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979, when the Saudi regime as a matter of policy began to counter Iran's revolution by financing anti-Shi'ite Islamists across the Muslim world.

9/11 Museum Must Address Film Concerns

Nathan Lean | Posted 07.22.2014 | Religion
Nathan Lean

The 9/11 Memorial Museum finally opened its doors on May 21, bringing a long-needed physical space to house public reflections of that apocalyptic September morning. It is a milestone that is as important for the nation's collective emotional health as it is for the education of future generations.

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.

Guns and Jesus (Not to Mention Mohammed)

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

Grace Baptist Church in upstate New York, following the lead of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, is giving away an AR-15 assault rifle -- you know, the kind that killed kids at Sandy Hook Elementary.

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.

United Nations No Defender of Muslim Women's Rights

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.10.2014 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Although the UN does important humanitarian work, it is overgrown with the weeds of a dysfunctional bureaucracy and spineless leadership, and has become a watering hole for states that are prepared to sanction sex discrimination and extremist ideology without fear of serious challenge by the world body.

Understanding and Treating the Cancer of Islamic Extremism

Ribal Al-Assad | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
Ribal Al-Assad

Since the dawn of time, the world has witnessed conflict, and since the onset of organized religion, it has played host to sectarian violence. But why is Islamism currently growing so fast, and so widely? The reasons are political and economic.

Staying in Afghanistan Is a Recipe for More Terrorism

Anthony W. Orlando | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Anthony W. Orlando

Barack Obama is daring the terrorists. He's standing in their front yard. He's calling them out. Of course, that's not how it's reported.

Egypt's Five Binary Myths and the Maverick Middle

H.A. Hellyer | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
H.A. Hellyer

Egypt remains complex: most 'liberals' seem to have bought into the military as some kind of 'revolutionary savior', while the Muslim Brotherhood calls Morsi 'a universal symbol of freedom and resistance and an icon of democracy'. Neither bears much resemblance to reality.

Islamism: Syria's Growing Cancer

Ribal Al-Assad | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ribal Al-Assad

With geopolitical, sectarian and civil divisions honing in on Syria, there are currently three possible outcomes: a victory for the regime, a victory for the overwhelmingly Islamist opposition or an endless war leading to the disintegration of Syria as we know it. None is preferable.

The Crisis in Egypt Today: An Interview With Mohammad Fadel

Danny Postel | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Danny Postel

"The situation in Egypt in terms of the objective, day-to-day circumstances of living, have been difficult for a long time and they became more difficult after the revolution and removal of Mubarak. But returning to the security state is precisely the wrong answer."

Why I Think Islamists Are Anti-Islam

Dr. David Liepert | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion
Dr. David Liepert

The first Muslims, following after Muhammad, fought for a world where Islam was allowed, not imposed. The world they won was a world with religious liberty, not a world with one faith was forced on everyone else.

Donald Rumsfeld Neocons His Way Back Into War On Terror Debate

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 08.15.2013 | Politics

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld criticized President Barack Obama's foreign policy in an interview with Newsmax this week, accusing his ad...

Egypt and the West: the Liberal-Islamist Paradox

Khaled Diab | Posted 10.09.2013 | World
Khaled Diab

In the liberal/progressive reaches where principle matters most, there has been confusion over which principles take priority, mixed in with a profound misunderstanding (sometimes willful) of Egypt's political reality.

A Democratic Roadmap for Egypt

Mohammed Khalid Alyahya | Posted 10.07.2013 | World
Mohammed Khalid Alyahya

The fact remains that Morsi was a democratically elected president. Those who voted for him have every right to demand the contract they entered be honored.

Crocodile's Coup: Sobek Reincarnated

Mohammed Khalid Alyahya | Posted 09.28.2013 | World
Mohammed Khalid Alyahya

General Sisi's attempt to exchange favors with the Egyptian people is telling of more than SCAF's tyranny; it shows a glimpse of the dynamics of SCAF's relationship with the Egyptian people, and SCAF's perceived narrative of the revolution.

Egypt Post Morsi: Why There Is No Reason to Hope for a Real Democratic Transition

Jocelyne Cesari | Posted 09.25.2013 | World
Jocelyne Cesari

The real reason for the ousting of Morsi is that the army has been in charge all along. The reality is that the army is currently using the protests against Morsi to their benefit as they did in 2011 with the protests against Mubarak.

Bad News for the Islamists

Claude Salhani | Posted 09.09.2013 | World
Claude Salhani

Could this be the beginning of the end of their influence in the Muslim world? in a series of events, at the outset unrelated but when spliced together seem to show a clear trend that there seems to be more to it that the Islamists are just having a bad year.

Winning the Ideological Battle Against Terrorism

Salam Al Marayati | Posted 08.03.2013 | World
Salam Al Marayati

Al-Qaeda made war rather than let Muslim communities survive, and mainstream Muslims must accept this challenge rather than let the union of God's religions break up and let extremists define Islam.

An Atheist Muslim's Perspective On The 'Root Causes' Of Islamist Jihadism And The Politics Of Islamophobia

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 07.03.2013 | World
Ali A. Rizvi

Muslims have rightly complained about the Israeli government labeling them anti-Semitic for legitimate criticism of Israeli policy, but today Muslims (along with liberal apologist allies) are doing the same thing with their broad use of the "Islamophobia" label against the "new atheists."

Democratic Rhapsody and Anxiety in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

Danny Postel | Posted 06.01.2013 | World
Danny Postel

The fear is that the growing climate of violence, intimidation and polarization could rip the fabric of Tunisian society apart, just as this new democratic space and culture of pluralism are forming. But I left the country feeling optimistic that, despite all its challenges, Tunisia will navigate these waters and find its way forward.

Women's Rights Depend On The West

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Activists who are prepared to champion reform need urgent solidarity and support, and there is a strong case to be made for Western aid to be contingent on adherence to women's rights in countries such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, where gender violence is rife.

Obama Wins Meaningless and Unsubstantial Foreign Policy Debate

Brian Jencunas | Posted 12.23.2012 | College
Brian Jencunas

Anyone foolish enough to watch Monday night's debate for a nuanced discussion of foreign policy was sorely disappointed.

The Arab Spring's Islamist Inheritors

Michael Brenner | Posted 11.10.2012 | World
Michael Brenner

The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt challenges the pillars of Saudi strategy in the Middle East while posing a dilemma for the United States. The two partners have devised a response whose centerpiece is an understanding with the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood as to the terms of what amounts to "peaceful coexistence."

The Military, the Courts, and the Struggle for Control in Egypt: A Conversation With Khaled Abou El Fadl

Feisal G. Mohamed | Posted 09.04.2012 | World
Feisal G. Mohamed

Khaled Abou El Fadl and I spoke on June 28, at the end of two weeks that were tumultuous even by the standards of post-revolutionary Egypt. We discussed the role the courts had played, foreign pressures on the military council, and the future of political Islam.