Category Archives: Islam

Nahed Hattar, Jordan, and the Muslim World

Nahed Hattar, a 56-year-old Christian Jordanian writer has been murdered. He was shot three times outside a court in Amman, where he was facing charges of sharing a cartoon deemed to be “offensive” to Islam. Hattar was arrested in August … Continue reading

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Muslims, France, and the war on shorts

  Photo via UK’s Independent/ Getty Images In the wake of the Burkini war, a violent skirmish of altogether different proportions has surfaced in France. In the southern French city of Toulon, two women wearing shorts were verbally assaulted as … Continue reading

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Essentializing Islam will not stop Islamophobia

( A woman wearing Niqab in France- Via AFP) The cynical glee with which the Western media publicly flaunts — and generalizes — the practice of Islamic customs has become a disturbing pattern. The Hijab, Nigab, and Burkini have now … Continue reading

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The Right Not To Wear A Burkini

The ban on the Islamic burkini, or full-body swimsuit, on the beaches of the French Riviera has triggered heated debates and controversies. For some, it is a ban on freedom of choice; for others, the ban is a symbol of … Continue reading

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Re-blog: The Dangerous Stipulation of Islamic Exceptionalism

I re-blog, with permission, this important analysis by the  Middle East Institute scholar Hassan Mneimneh on Shadi Hamid’s recent book “Islamic Exceptionalism.”  I completely agree with Mneimneh: Shadi’s work ” is likely to bolster the rhetoric of and be welcome by the … Continue reading

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Suheir Atassi’s swimsuit and our moral bankruptcy

Syria’s Suheir Atassi Millions of women around the world do this daily without attracting much attention, but recently, Suhair Atassi, a prominent, secular Syrian opposition figure was spotted wearing a swimsuit at a Turkish resort. When photos of her appeared … Continue reading

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Banning the Niqab is a ban of disguised identity, not Islamic dress code

  Two women wearing niqab face veils (file pic) Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images The canton of Ticino, an Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, has banned the Niqab, the face veil worn by some Muslims. The decision came after a referendum in 2013, … Continue reading

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Nibras Kazimi On How Jihadists Weoponize History

Earlier today, I wrote on Twitter how political Islam’s cherry picking of history is wrong and help feeding radicalism. I later received a link to this interesting video of Nibras Kazimi a Visiting Fellow at Hudson Institute, in which he … Continue reading

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Three Questions for Tunisia’s Ennahda Party

Rachid Ghannouchi – Via AFP Last month, after a three-day party conference, Tunisia’s Ennahda party has re-elected its leader Rachid Al-Ghannouchi. The 74-year-old thinker and politician had tears in his eyes as he embraced his rival in the party vote, … Continue reading

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Can Tunisia’s Ghannouchi divorce political Islam?

  Leader of Tunisian political party Ennahda, Rachid al-Ghannouchi. (Photo: AFP) The rebranding of political Islam has just started. In an interview with the French newspaper Le Monde, Ennahda leader and founder, Rached Ghannouchi, announced that Ennahda would no longer … Continue reading

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