Tag Archives: Islamism

Shadi Hamid and the Infantilization of Muslims

Islamic liberalism and its role in modern-day Islam became the subject of a timely and provocative debate organized recently by the Cato Institute, a public policy research organization. The event was hosted by Turkish writer Mustafa Akyol and Shadi Hamid … Continue reading

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The New York Times And The Muslim Brotherhood

On February 9, The New York Times (NYT) published an editorial titled “All of Islam Isn’t the Enemy.” The article suggests that an order issued by the American President, Donald Trump, designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, would … Continue reading

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Syria: The New Arab Nakba

  Syrian pro-government forces walking in the ancient Umayyad mosque in Aleppo Photo via Daily Mail, AFP/ Getty Images   A day after Assad’s Syrian Government declared it had regained full control of the Syrian city of Aleppo, Hezbollah leader … Continue reading

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Saudi Clerics and Christmas

In an interview last November, Saudi cleric Khaled Al-Felaij said Muslims are forbidden from greeting Christians and Jews on their holidays. He labeled Jews and Christians as infidels and explained that their celebration were “based upon falsehood, heresy, and polytheism,” … Continue reading

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Carnage at the Cathedral

Coffins of some of the victims of the explosion at Coptic Cathedral (AFP) “Is that a church or a military fortress?” my Islamist medical school colleague asked as she gazed at the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo, her face reflected a … Continue reading

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Fidel Castro: Glamorizing Tyranny

Fidel Castro ( Getty Images) Cuba’s revolutionary leader Fidel Castro has died at the age of 90. The legacy of Castro, the “commandante” is not just his revolutionary communism, but a grand and more disturbing stance, one that was characterized … Continue reading

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Iran, chess, and the psychological bullying of non-hijabi defiant women

A poisonous debate has erupted since Nazi Paikidze, a 22-year-old American champion chess player, announced her decision to boycott next year’s World Chess Championship competition in Iran. A stream of articles published criticism about her decision to boycott and her … 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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