Tag Archives: Political 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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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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El Viaje A Los Atentados De Barcelona

Escribí este artículo para Al-Hurra Está es una versión traducida al español   La fotografia de un sospechoso del atentados de Barcelona-  AFP Al-Ándalus, Año 1010 – Muhammed II pidió ayuda a dos dirigentes catalanes, el conde de Barcelona y el conde … 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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Islamist Gehad Haddad Versus Muslim Reformer Maajid Nawaz

The New York Times (NYT) recently published a column by Gehad el-Haddad — the [previous] spokesman for the global Islamist group The Muslim Brotherhood — penned from the confines of his Egyptian jail cell, in Tora prison. Haddad wrote about … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Obama’s misguided cropped image of Islam

    Obama’s visit to the Baltimore Mosque. Via White House Amidst the rising global hatred against Muslims, American President Barak Obama visited a mosque in Baltimore. President Obama delivered a speech calling for harmony and religious, but during the … Continue reading

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Egypt: Banning Salafist Nour Party may backfire

Initially published in Egypt’s Ahram A popular campaign in Egypt has been launched advocating the disbanding of religiously oriented parties. The campaign started generating support and has already gathered 4,000 signatures. The movement is now backed by Egypt’s Ministry of Endowments … Continue reading

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