Tag: Egypt

The Roots of Homophobia and Anti-Gay Sentiment in the Muslim World (by Ali Olomi)

The Roots of Homophobia and Anti-Gay Sentiment in the Muslim World (by Ali Olomi)

[ 3 ] June 12, 2016 |

by ALI OLOMI for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 30, 2016:  In March 2016 Payam Feili, a young Iranian poet, took refuge in Israel because he faced persecution in his home country for being openly gay. Feili’s situation is not unique for many LGBTQ individuals in the Middle East. Homosexuality is a crime in nearly two dozen […]

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Ideologues in Charge in Israel: What Can Palestinians and Israeli Arabs Expect Next?

Ideologues in Charge in Israel: What Can Palestinians and Israeli Arabs Expect Next?

[ 0 ] June 6, 2016 |

by SHALOM GOLDMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 6, 2016: What does the latest political shift to the Right within Israel’s ruling coalition portend for Palestinians and Israeli Arabs ? Signaled by the May 26th appointment of two-time Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman as Defense Minister, this shift to the Right is at present more symbolic than policy-oriented. But in a country where there […]

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Women’s Equality: Constitutions and Revolutions in Egypt

Women’s Equality: Constitutions and Revolutions in Egypt

[ 0 ] May 2, 2016 |

by ELLEN MCLARNEY for POMEPS/WOMEN AND GENDER IN MIDDLE EAST POLITICS WORKSHOP on MARCH 11, 2016:  Many criticisms of the 2012 Egyptian constitution revolved around its presumed violations of women’s rights. The media, research institutes, and human rights organizations blamed the Islamism of the government of Muhammad Morsi for jeopardizing women’s “personal liberty” and civil […]

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The Arabic Shakespeares: Subversive, Political, and Entertaining

The Arabic Shakespeares: Subversive, Political, and Entertaining

[ 0 ] April 26, 2016 |

by MARCIA LYNX QUALEY for THE NEW ARAB on APRIL 23, 2016:  It was 1608 when the crew of the Red Dragon – under the leadership of Capt. William Keeling – set down on a small island that was then part of the Sultanate of al-Mahra and Socotra, now Yemen. While there – according to […]

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‘The Last Scholar’: Cheikh Moussa Kamara and the Condemnation of Jihad by the Sword

‘The Last Scholar’: Cheikh Moussa Kamara and the Condemnation of Jihad by the Sword

[ 0 ] April 19, 2016 |

a Scholar’s Notebook feature  by MBAYE LO for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 19, 2016: After 15 hours of traveling by buses, taxis and horse-drawn carriages, I finally arrived at a border village on the bank of the river that divides Senegal and Mauritania. The village of Ganguel Soulé is located in Fuuta Toro, a West African […]

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Jonathan Wyrtzen on ‘Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity’ (Book Q & A)

Jonathan Wyrtzen on ‘Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] March 14, 2016 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 12, 2016:  The motto of the Kingdom of Morocco is “Allah, al-Watan, al-Malik” (God, the Nation, the King). This motto was the spark for Yale University professor Jonathan Wyrtzen’s new book, Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention […]

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Islam and the Cold War Baroque (a book review)

Islam and the Cold War Baroque (a book review)

[ 0 ] February 16, 2016 |

by RAZA RUMI for THE FRIDAY TIMES on AUGUST 14, 2015:  As the world moves into a maddening phase of Islam versus the West, Pakistani academic Sadia Abbas presents a layered narrative in her book, At Freedom’s Limit: Islam and the Postcolonial Predicament (Fordham University Press, New York), on the contours of a new, imagined […]

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The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

[ 0 ] February 9, 2016 |

Mbaye Bashir Lo teaches at Duke University in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and is core faculty with the Duke Islamic Studies Center. This article highlights key elements in his current book project entitled “Justice versus Freedom: the Problem with Militant Islam.” He is currently a visiting scholar at l’Institut d’études de l’Islam […]

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WATCH: “Egypt–The Death of the Public Sphere” (w/Shahin,Hamzawy,Goldbery,El-Ghobashy,Jamal,Brown,Hashemi)

WATCH: “Egypt–The Death of the Public Sphere” (w/Shahin,Hamzawy,Goldbery,El-Ghobashy,Jamal,Brown,Hashemi)

[ 0 ] February 1, 2016 |

via DENVER UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR MIDDLE EAST STUDIES on DECEMBER 17, 2015:  A panel discussion was held at the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on November 22, 2015 in Denver, with the exiled Egyptian scholars Emad Shahin (currently at Georgetown University) and Amr Hamzawy (Visiting Scholar at Stanford University), followed by […]

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Tahrir 5 Years Later: The Hurdles to Democratization & Arab Youth Revolts

Tahrir 5 Years Later: The Hurdles to Democratization & Arab Youth Revolts

[ 0 ] January 25, 2016 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JANUARY 25, 2016: A frequently met-with Western political and often journalistic narrative of the 2011 youth revolts in the Arab world is that idealistic young people came out into the streets and managed to overthrow four dictators, but then the essential Arab nature (violent, fanatical, tribal and sectarian) […]

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