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Political Islam

A Tale of Brandeis, Islam, Feminism and the Left

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 04.22.2014 | 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.

Turkey's Body Politics: Can Turkish Democracy Survive?

Roger Friedland | Posted 02.02.2014 | Religion
Roger Friedland

Everyone was keeping an eye on Turkey, hopeful that this country would show the way that liberal democracy and political Islam might together find an alternative path to modernity.

Egypt in the Twilight Zone

Khaled Abou El Fadl | Posted 11.02.2013 | World
Khaled Abou El Fadl

Anyone following the Egyptian media since President Morsi's overthrow would get a very quick education in how to invent the twilight zone, and then live in it.

Is A Secular Middle East Possible?

USA Today | Oren Dorell | Posted 08.20.2013 | Religion

(RNS) The backlash against Muslim Brotherhood rule in Egypt comes as secular forces across the Middle East are rising up in opposition to political Is...

A Wake Up Call for the Syrian Brotherhood

Sami Moubayed | Posted 09.17.2013 | World
Sami Moubayed

One of the long-standing myths surrounding Syria is that if the regime goes, the only alternative is either the Muslim Brotherhood or chaos. That argument, after what happened in Egypt on July 30, is now history.

Women In The Muslim World Need Genuine Reform

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2012 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Is misogyny prevalent and gaining traction in the Muslim world and why did most women vote for Islamists in Middle East elections?

The Fragrance of Revolutions: From Carnation to Jasmine

Eunice Roque | Posted 05.27.2012 | World
Eunice Roque

Even in a predominantly religious and conservative Arab world, the under-30, the most populous generation of Arabs, is determined to sustain a strong trend toward more civilian participation and representative government. It's a genie-out-of-the-bottle predicament.

Arab Spring, Islamist Winter?

Rabah Ghezali | Posted 03.19.2012 | World
Rabah Ghezali

Contrary to this recent pessimism, there is strong reason to believe that the Arab spring will spread in the short term and succeed over the longer term.

Women's Rights Can't Flower In Arab Spring

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 02.27.2012 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

U.S. President Barack Obama's choices may be limited but his misreading of Islamist intentions could accelerate the religious extremism that is rapidly fading the Arab Spring's bloom

Vote Like an Egyptian

Shereen El Feki | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Shereen El Feki

A woman appeared at the gate of a local school, her inked-dipped pinkie proof positive that she had succeeded in what the rest of us stuck in a three-hour long line still aspired to: voting.

The Many Shades Of Islamist

Kamran Bokhari | Posted 01.21.2012 | Religion
Kamran Bokhari

Islamist movements seeking power via democracy will behave differently based on the country's historic experiences with Islamism and secularism. Democratization in each country leads to a different hue of Islamism.

View of the Arab Spring Through a French Window

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 12.21.2011 | World
Muqtedar Khan

As history unfolds itself across the Arab World, observers of the region are compelled to take a more closer and nuanced view of the events, since it is apparent that the complexity of change is confounding both advocates and cynics.

A Critic Of Political Islam Warns Of 'Misguided' West

Ida Lichter, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2011 | Religion
Ida Lichter, M.D.

Maryam Namazie is a powerful voice against political Islam, but she is a lapsed Muslim and Westernized. Is she disqualified from the debate and are her warnings relevant to the West?

Obama's Woodrow Wilson Moment

Kate Seelye | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kate Seelye

In the context of unfolding events in Egypt and throughout the region, Woodrow Wilson offers an important lesson for President Obama and his administration.

Islam And Democracy: Can A Country Fully Embrace Both?

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Vishal Arora Religion News Service MALE, Maldives (RNS) Can a nation that considers itself 100 percent Muslim also be a democracy without risking ...

Obama's Speech in Egypt Must Highlight the Plight of Reformers and the Threat of Islamism

M. Zuhdi Jasser | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
M. Zuhdi Jasser

We must marginalize and defeat the ideas of political Islam which ultimately drive the dreams of militant Islamists.

Congress Should Travel More Not Less: Applauding the Aspen Institute

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Let me play the contrarian here. We need as many members out seeing the world as possible -- and if they are at a forum debating political Islam...well, fantastic!