“The recent vandalization of Nimrud and Hatra by the so-called Islamic State—and the destruction of lesser shrines in Libya by local Islamists, which started in 2012—is not an isolated phenomenon. It stems from deep-seated pathologies afflicting the Muslim world,” writes […]
“The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse.” Thus begins a lengthy assessment of ISIS in The Atlantic. […]
One of the reasons Islam has such a bad rep in the United States is the behavior of Muslims in other countries. As Doug Bandow, senior fellow at the Cato Institute, writes, “Religious persecution is a global scourge. Many of […]
“Egypt’s president delivered a stern warning to his opponents on Sunday, saying he may be close to taking unspecified measures to “protect this nation” two days after supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood and opposition protesters fought street battles in the […]
“Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict” is the topic for a Middle East Forum at 5:30 p.m. February 26, 2013. Sponsored by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the discussion takes place at the Chicago Club, 81 East […]
“Both Islamists and secular liberals need to learn that compromise is not a dirty word.” That’s the conclusion of Jane Harman, director, president and CEO of the Wilson Center. Read the rest of her article here: “Egypt and the Art […]
Alber Saber Convicted Of Blasphemy By Egyptian Court; Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison. “The case of Alber Saber is one of several seen by rights advocates as a campaign led by Egypt’s ultraconservative Islamists to curb free expression. Many […]
Here’s Thomas L. Friedman’s take on the current turmoil in Egypt: “What has brought hundreds of thousands of Egyptians back into the streets, many of them first-time protesters, is the fear that autocracy is returning to Egypt under the guise […]
“The political crisis over Egypt’s draft constitution hardened on both sides on Sunday, as President Mohamed Morsi prepared to deploy the army to safeguard balloting in a planned referendum on the new charter and his opponents called for more protests […]
“At least seven people have been killed and more than 770 injured in clashes outside the presidential palace in Cairo. Yikes! Read more here.
“Thousands in Cairo protest Egypt president as opposition rejects talks. Egyptian protesters break through barbed wire barricade at presidential palace; more than 10,000 protesters were penned behind barrier, guarded by army tanks.” Read more here.
The Egyptian government deployed tanks outside of President Mohamed Morsi’s presidential palace early Thursday after overnight clashes between the president’s supporters and opposition killed at least seven people and wounded 400. Read it on Al Jazeera Engish.
“Egypt Factions Scramble as Deadline Nears on Constitution” How closely do you follow developments in Muslim-majority countries? Do you take the news “personally”, even if you’re not an immigrant?
“Egypt’s judges have called for a nationwide strike in protest against a decree by President Mohamed Morsi granting himself extensive new powers.” Read more on Al Jazeera here: “Egypt judges call for nationwide strike”
Although there are street protests, the business community also is objecting to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi’s decree that gave him virtually absolute power. Here’s more: Egypt’s Stocks Tumble as Protests Over Morsi Decree Continue
‘”We are facing a historic moment in which we either complete our revolution or we abandon it to become prey for a group that has put its narrow party interests above the national interest,” the liberal Dustour Party said in […]
“Egypt’s streets have long been a perilous place for women, who are frequently heckled, grabbed, threatened and violated while the police look the other way. Now, during the country’s tumultuous transition from authoritarian rule, more and more groups are emerging […]
“Perhaps the most radical change in U.S. foreign policy under President Obama has occurred here in Egypt, where the Muslim Brotherhood, long shunned as a collection of dangerous Islamist extremists, is now the de facto object of American support.” notes […]
“If Egypt under the Muslim Brotherhood is the world’s most important experiment in how Islam and democratic modernity can be reconciled,” writes Roger Cohen in The New York Times, “then the country’s constitution, now in its last phase of drafting, […]
“THE alchemy of modern media works with amazing speed. Start with a cheesy anti-Muslim video that resembles a bad trailer for a Sacha Baron Cohen comedy. It becomes YouTube fuel for protest across the Islamic world and a pretext for […]
In The New York Times on 22 September, Nicholas D. Kristof asks, “why do parts of the Islamic world erupt in violence over insults to the Prophet Muhammad?” Read his conclusions here.
“The Muslim world cannot have it both ways. It cannot place Islam at the center of political life — and in extreme cases political violence — while at the same time declaring that the religion is off-limits to contestation and […]
Check out these great photos of “Muslim rage” and you’ll see what I mean: Gawker.com gives the “controversy” the seriousness it deserves.
From the Council on American-Islamic Relations 15 September 2012 The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) today released a video appeal in Arabic to those protesting an anti-Islam film, portions of which have been circulating on the Internet. In the video, […]
In a nutshell: “if friendship between Egypt and the United States is contingent upon no American ever saying anything that will offend the religious sensibilities of Egyptians, then it is time to declare that friendship dead.” So writes Tarek Masoud […]
An interesting essay on the “Innocence of Muhammad” fallout here. Snippets: “The group behind the film, in other words, managed to evoke all the classic themes of anti-Semitism as a way of disguising the Coptic and evangelical network out of […]
“The United States ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, was killed along with three of his staff in an attack on the American Consulate in Benghazi Tuesday night by an armed mob angry over a short American-made video mocking Islam’s founding […]
“Women are erratic and emotional, and they make good wives and mothers — but never leaders or rulers. That, at least, is what Osama Abou Salama, a professor of botany at Cairo University and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, […]
“In what was called a first for Egyptian state television, a woman wearing a head scarf presented headlines in a newscast on Sunday, breaking with a code of secular dress that for decades effectively barred the wearing of Islamic head […]