Tag: Tunisia

Addressing Islamophobia, One Person at a Time (by Maha Elgenaidi)

Addressing Islamophobia, One Person at a Time (by Maha Elgenaidi)

[ 0 ] June 30, 2015 |

“We need more than the law to combat what are often deep-seated prejudices and attitudes that are the root causes of discrimination… Face-to-face interaction, education, and inter religious engagement are key to breaking the grip of Islamophobia in this country.” — Maha Elgenaidi, CEO of the Islamic Networks Group (ING)  by Maha Elgenaidi for iSLAMiCommentary on JUNE […]

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LISTEN: After Killing Of 38 Tourists, Tunisia Cracks Down On Islamists (via Alice Fordham, NPR)

[ 0 ] June 29, 2015 |

“If they (young Tunisians) feel society doesn’t accept them, they might think it’s fine to harm society”  by ALICE FORDHAM for NPR NEWS on JUNE 29, 2015:  Officials in Tunisia ordered some mosques closed and banned some fringe Islamist political parties. Some Tunisians fear the government is going too far by limiting personal and religious liberties. LISTEN […]

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Authorities in Crisis: Sunni Islamic Institutions (by Hellyer and Brown for Carnegie Endowment)

Authorities in Crisis: Sunni Islamic Institutions (by Hellyer and Brown for Carnegie Endowment)

[ 0 ] June 17, 2015 |

by H.A. HELLYER and NATHAN BROWN for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE on JUNE 17, 2015:  The rapid rise of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as ISIS or Daesh) set off a debate about how Islamic the group really is and a search for an Islamic religious authority that could combat it. The existence […]

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The Dark Side of Tunisia’s Success Story (by Maha Yahya)

[ 0 ] June 15, 2015 |

by MAHA YAHYA for REAL CLEAR WORLD on JUNE 11, 2015:  Tunisia may be the exemplar for democratic transition in the Arab world, but it has also seen 3,000 of its citizens drawn as recruits to extremist groups. This apparent enigma emerges from the country’s struggles with unemployment and poverty, but also – and perhaps […]

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Survey: What do 200 million Arab Youth Have to Say About their Future?

Survey: What do 200 million Arab Youth Have to Say About their Future?

[ 0 ] April 28, 2015 |

via ASDA’A BURSON-MARSTELLER ARAB YOUTH SURVEY 2015: The 7th Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey 2015 was conducted by international polling firm PSB to explore attitudes among Arab youth in 16 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. PSB conducted 3,500 face-to-face interviews from January 20th to February 12th, 2015 with Arab men and […]

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Return of the Public Square: Failure or Not, the Arab Spring ‘Made People More Politically Active & Aware’

Return of the Public Square: Failure or Not, the Arab Spring ‘Made People More Politically Active & Aware’

[ 0 ] April 1, 2015 |

“One of the most important outcomes of these movements has been the return of politics to the public sphere and the return of the square as the place for it” — Nezar AlSayyad, professor of architecture, planning, urban design and urban history at the University of California at Berkeley  by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on […]

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WATCH: Tunisia Museum Shooting (17 tourists, 2 gunmen killed)

[ 0 ] March 18, 2015 |

via BBC NEWS on MARCH 18, 2015:  The Tunisian prime minister says 19 people were killed — 17of them tourists — in an attack by gunmen on the main museum in the capital, Tunis. “Huge disaster has befallen Tunisia”. Those are the words of president Beji Caid El Essebsi. The two gunmen who carried out […]

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Ziauddin Sardar: “Much of What We Believe in is Manufactured Dogma”

[ 0 ] March 12, 2015 |

Ziauddin Sardar discussing some key issues facing Muslim societies and how must they be addressed. by FARAH ZIA for THE NEWS ON SUNDAY(PAKISTAN) on MARCH 8, 2015: Ziauddin Sardar is a firm believer in engaging with Muslims and interpreting the Sharia according to the needs of contemporary times. That obviously is not the dominant thought […]

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Ellen McLarney: Why Arab Spring Made Life Better in Tunisia, Failed Everywhere Else

Ellen McLarney: Why Arab Spring Made Life Better in Tunisia, Failed Everywhere Else

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by ELLEN MCLARNEY for REUTERS on FEBRUARY 18, 2015:  Earlier this month, Tunisia’s newly elected parliament cobbled together a coalition government led by a secular party that included its Islamist rivals, who had been democratically ousted from power. The new government, coming on the heels of a historic presidential election, a new constitution and the […]

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Today’s Top 7 Myths About Daesh (by Juan Cole for Informed Comment)

Today’s Top 7 Myths About Daesh (by Juan Cole for Informed Comment)

[ 0 ] February 24, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on FEBRUARY 17, 2015*Updated on February 24, 2015 w/new related pieces:  The self-styled ‘Islamic State’ Group (ISIS or ISIL), the Arabic acronym for which is Daesh, is increasingly haunting the nightmares of Western journalists and security analysts. I keep seeing some assertions about it that strike me as exaggerated […]

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