Category Archives: Islam

Shadia’s Egypt and the fight to end radicalism

  Egyptian Diva Shadia Here is an English version of my latest article in Al-Hurra The legendary singer and actress Shadia, an Egyptian cultural icon, has passed away. Her death a week ago at the age of 86 recalls her one-time … Continue reading

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Islamists and Zionism

Here is an English version of my latest piece for Al-Hurra   Arthur James Balfour One hundred years ago this month, on November 2, 1917, British Foreign Secretary, Arthur James Balfour, sent a letter to the Jewish community leader, Lord Rothschild, … Continue reading

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Homosexuality and Egypt’s farcical moral code

Here is an English version for my Arabic piece for Al-Hurra   He was shy and introverted, yet polite and respectable, but there was something intriguing about my acquaintance I could not quite figure out. The intrigue ended one day when … Continue reading

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A Muslim woman’s choice

I wrote this piece for British newspaper I News “Is that your husband? He is English?” Of the millions of Egyptians in the world today, you opted to marry an Englishman?”   The Syrian passport control officer glared at me after … Continue reading

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How can Liberal Muslims win?

Here is an English version of my latest Arabic article published in Al-Hurra   ( Tunisian women- via Al-Hurra)   Although attempts to liberalise Islamic discourse have been ongoing for centuries, they have failed to find sustainable general acceptance in Muslim … Continue reading

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The Road to Barcelona

  Here is an English version of my second Arabic article, the Road to Barcelona, initially published in Arabic in Al-Hurra Photo of King of Spain attending minute of silence for victims of Barcelona’s Terror attacks- Via NYT/Getty Images Al-Andalus, Year … Continue reading

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London Attacks: Five myths about Terrorism

Photo via Reuters Westminster, the Manchester Arena, and London Bridge ____ three terrorist attacks in three months in my adoptive country, Britain. Those gruesome crimes, however, have not changed the response to terror. Politicians, journalists, and commentators are still harping … Continue reading

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The dismal state of some of Egypt’s Islamic scholars

Muslim scholar Salem Abdel Galil – Photo via Egypt today Sheikh Salem Abdel Galil, a prominent Egyptian Muslim scholar and former deputy minister for proselytization at Egypt’s Ministry of Religious Endowments, sparked a far-reaching controversy this week after he described … Continue reading

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Egypt’s Islamists and Pope Francis

  A photo circulated on social media accuses Pope Francis is known for his radicalism, hatred to Islam, and supports Zionism “The Pope of Terrorism” ____ a hashtag used by Islamists on Twitter to comment on Pope Francis’s recent visit … Continue reading

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Reflections on the Westminster Attack

Photo from my own collection “We are not afraid.” That was the simple note written on one of many floral tributes on London’s Westminster Bridge after last week’s terror attack there. I read this defiant message while walking along the … Continue reading

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