Category Archives: Politics

What Will Happen After Turkey’s Elections on Sunday

Originally posted on Ottomans and Zionists:
When Turkish voters go to the polls this Sunday, it will mark the end of what has been an interminable 15 month long election cycle in Turkey encompassing municipal elections, a presidential election, and…

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Separating myths from reality: Egypt’s heated religious debates

Last week, the privately owned Egyptian satellite channel Al-Qaherah wal Nas decided to pull the controversial talk show “With Islam” at Al-Azhar Grand Sheikh’s request. The show’s host, Islam al-Beheiry, is a controversial figure in Egypt because of his candid … Continue reading

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Egyptian Courts Take on FGM, But Can They Uproot the Practice Altogether?

I wrote this piece for the Harvard Journal of Middle East Politics and policy, hope you enjoy it. (Victim of FGM, 13-year-old Egyptian girl Suhair al-Bataa- Photo via AP) In a landmark verdict handed down last Monday, an Egyptian doctor was convicted … Continue reading

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Muslims and Charlie Hebdo

( Photo via Twitter) A depiction of the Prophet Mohammed crying and holding a “Je suis Charlie” sign under the words, “Tout Est Pardonné” (“All is forgiven.”) on the new cover of the French satire magazine Charlie Hebdo is ironically, … Continue reading

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Egypt and the Jewish Rabbi Abu-Hasira

Yacoub or Jacob Abu Hasira. (photo:Wikimedia Commons) Egypt – A court in Alexandria has canceled an annual Jewish festival commemorating the birthday of Abu-Hasira, a leading 19th-century Moroccan Rabbi (1805-1880). The festival was due to take place on January 9 … Continue reading

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It is not about Michele Dunne, it is about Egypt

(Michele Dunne via Carnegieendowment.org) Egyptian authorities denied, pursuant to security instructions, U.S. researcher Michele Dunne entry to Egypt after she arrived at Cairo International Airport. Ms. Dunne is a senior associate in the Middle East program of the Carnegie Endowment … Continue reading

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Egypt needs a complete de-Mubarakization

( Photo via BBC)  Initially published in NOW. 29 November, an Egyptian court dismissed murder charges against Egypt’s former president, Hosni Mubarak, in connection with the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising that ended his nearly three-decade reign. The verdict was … Continue reading

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Political Islam and Erdogan’s Wonderland

(Photo via Reuters) “Muslim sailors reached the American continent 314 years before Columbus.” The recent remarks by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have left many surprised and baffled, but the Turkish president’s controversial comments are not new. Just a month … Continue reading

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An Anatomy of Sisi’s Liberals

( Photo via AFP) Initially published in Fikra Forum Many self-proclaimed liberals in Egypt supported the military’s intervention in July 2013 that led to President Muhammad Morsi’s ouster. Their stance has baffled many Western observers, who wonder how anyone with liberal … Continue reading

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Turkey and the US led anti-IS coalition: Ankara is doing more than People Think

Originally posted on Turkey Wonk: Nuclear and Political Musings in Turkey and Beyond:
My apologies. I am traveling this week and don’t have time to write a proper post. However, I wanted to get a few thoughts on paper about…

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