Tag Archives: Islamism

Podcast: Political Islam lost opportunity for Turkey to coexist with West

In my latest podcast for Ahval’s Turkish Trends series, I spoke to Turkish political scientist Cengiz Aktar about his latest essay ” The Turkish Malaise – A Critical Essay,” in which he explains how Turkey was in a counter-process in … Continue reading

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The Time Magazine and the Western Attitude towards Islamism

It was a baking hot July day in Cairo and my first day in medical school. Like many well-sheltered Egyptian girls, I was shy and introspective; I decided to spend my lecture break in the female section of the university’s … Continue reading

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Podcast/Webinar: Radical Islamism, France, and the Atlantic Divide

I strongly recommend these podcast and webinar on what’s wrong with Anglo-American coverage of radical Islamism in France 1- What US Media Gets Wrong About France, with writers Anne-Élisabeth Moutet & Agnès Poirier https://podcasts.apple.com/es/podcast/11-what-us-media-gets-wrong-about-france-anne-élisabeth/id1534151181?i=1000502056981 2- Webinar on Islamism: Bridging the … Continue reading

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Shadi Hamid, Mustafa Akyol, and French Secularism

Shadi Hamid and Mustafa Akyol are two smart pundits with slightly different agendas. Shadi Hamid is an avid defender of political Islam, which he considers a legitimate conservative expression of the Islamic faith. Mustafa Akyol, on the other hand, believes in what he … Continue reading Continue reading

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Podcast: Arabs are wondering, is Erdogan all talk? – Nervana Mahmoud- Ahval

I recorded this podcast with Ahval’s editor David Lepeska that war is a real possibility in the eastern Mediterranean, that Turkey has taken all decision-making power away from Libya’s Tripoli-based Government of National Accord and that Turkish President Erdogan has … Continue reading

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Rebranding the caliphate –a never-ending dystopian myth

  If not now, when?   if not you, who? With the image of pious Erdogan reciting the Quran in Hagia Sophia, and his head Mufti holding the sword of conquest it is no wonder that slogan appeared on social media. … Continue reading

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Reblog: Erdoğan setting the stage for invalidating the Lausanne Treaty

This is a brilliant piece by Turkish writer Yavuz Baydar, published in, in Ahval, on Erdogan’s intention after converting Hagia Sophia to a mosque. Republished here with permission.    (Photo via Ahval) A spectre is haunting Europe, the spectre of Turkish … Continue reading

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The EU must do more to fight the funding of Islamism across the continent

I wrote this piece for the European Parliament Magazine on Qatari-controlled, UK-based Al Rayan Bank, which continues to provide financial services to a series of Islamist and extremist groups blacklisted by other institutions, and the dangers of lax financial oversight by the … Continue reading

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Twitter Thread: ISIS and Sri Lanka Terror Attack

As the so called Islamic State claimed responsibility for the wave of co-ordinated suicide bombings that resulted in the Easter Sunday carnage in Sri Lanka, here are few Tweets by the, always insightful, New York Times’s Rukmini Callimachi, and few … Continue reading

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My Twitter Thread on Women’s Day 2019

I do not usually re-publish my own Twitter threads, but this particular twitter thread is important to me as it reflects on my views on various issues related to women rights. I share it here for followers who are not … Continue reading

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