Tag Archives: Tunisia

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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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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Tunisia: On the Road to Nowhere

This post originally appeared at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR): Steven Cook’s From the Potomac to the Euphrates blog. Steven Cook is a Middle East’s expert and a senior fellow at CFR. He just visited and wrote this insightful. … Continue reading

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Violent Islamism: Our amazing disgrace

Initially published in Egypt’s Ahram Friday’s carnage on three continents, in which scores of people died in Tunisia, Kuwait, and France has appalled the global community and reinforced international condemnation of the Islamic State (IS), which has claimed responsibility for them. … Continue reading

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Middle East Digest. December 2013 Part II

Iran British envoy to visit Iran for first time in two years Iran ready to discuss island dispute with UAE Iran’s Zarif stretches Gulf trip to include UAE Iran diplomacy must be backed by military power: Chuck Hagel Hassan Rouhani … Continue reading

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Our Own Mongols

(photo CNN) In 1258, under the leadership of Hulagu Khan, Mongol forces invaded Baghdad, massacred its inhabitants, burned its prestigious library (the House of Wisdom), and used the books to literally form a bridge across the Tigris River. It is … Continue reading

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