Institute for Social Policy and Understanding ISPU is an independent, nonpartisan think tank and research organization committed to conducting objective, empirical research and analysis about American Muslims and Muslim communities around the world on issues including U.S. foreign policy, national security, the economy, and public health. Promoting Healthy Marriages & Preventing Divorce in the American Muslim Community Thu, 13 Mar 2014 00:00:00 GMT In the United States, it is estimated that approximately half of all first marriages will end in divorce. As divorce becomes more prevalent among American Muslims, it is increasingly important for families to understand how to minimize the risk of divorce and build a foundation for healthy marriage. policy Muslim Radicalization in Prison: Responding with Sound Penal Policy or the Sound of Alarm? SpearIt Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:00:00 GMT In the last decade, politicians and analysts have clamored about the “danger” and “threat” posed by Islam in American prisons. Yet these characterizations sit in tension with several decades of sustained Islamic outreach in prison to support inmate rehabilitation and re-entry. They also sit in tension with the fact that since the 1960s, Muslims have been proactive about using American courts to deal with disputes and grievances. Today, Muslims are arguably the most proactive litigants among religious followers in prison. article Islam Is A Foreign Country: American Muslims and the Global Crisis of Authority Zareena Fri, 31 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT In Islam Is a Foreign Country, Zareena Grewal explores some of the most pressing debates about and among American Muslims: what does it mean to be Muslim and American? Who has the authority to speak for Islam and to lead the stunningly diverse population of American Muslims? Do their ties to the larger Muslim world undermine their efforts to make Islam an American religion? book Pakistan&s War - Part II Ahmed Mon, 27 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT So far in Pakistan the militant groups are winning the war of narrative. et advocates of negotiation —including leading politicians, retired generals, and influential pundits—blame the state and its alliance with Washington rather than the militants for fomenting the violence. article Egypt&s revolution on the margins H.A. Sat, 25 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT On January 25 2014, some may go out to remember the uprising where so many Egyptians decided to join them. Mostly, however, they&ll probably take a deep breath as they see most Egyptians fall prey to an ultra-nationalism on the one hand, and a sectarian partisanship on the other. article Why Egypt couldn’t build on spirit of revolution H.A. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT The forces of reform who put their faith in the possibilities of the January 25 uprisings have really only one choice, and that is to maintain their vision of a better Egypt, continue to hold everyone and everybody to account – in whatever way they can, through media outlets, rights groups and other civil society institutions. article USAID Promotes Public-Private Partnerships in High-Risk Markets Wed, 22 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT U.S. development aid has long been characterized by public sector funding of socio-economic, political and security projects in the developing and underdeveloped world. Over the past few years, however, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has begun a number of programs that are being financed by private capital. article NSA Surveillance Program Still Unconstitutional Despite Proposed Changes Samar Tue, 21 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT In a press conference this past week, President Barack Obama announced changes that would be made to the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program. The proposed changes, although a step in the right direction, fail to bring the program into constitutionally permissible limits. article Faking Egypt’s past: the Brotherhood and Jan. 25 H.A. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT When it comes to the role of the Brotherhood in the Jan. 25 uprising, three interesting narratives are increasingly becoming popular. They each destroy not only the spirit of the Jan. 25 uprising, but also try to dismantle its memory. article Study Finds Rising Religious Hostilities in Europe Engy Fri, 17 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT According to a newly released Pew Research Center study, religious hostilities around the world have reached an unfortunate six-year high. article Egyptians’ vote on referendum should lead to real change H.A. Thu, 16 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Now that Egyptians have voted on the new constitution, the country has passed the first signpost on the post-Morsi road-map. As Egypt’s political quagmire continues, the question becomes at what point will the political zero-sum game end and Egyptians begin to face their real problems? article Egypt&s Good, Bad, and Ugly H.A. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Many Egyptians are going to the polls this week to vote in a referendum on an amended constitution. article Egypt will vote a symbolic &yes& to stability H.A. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Today and tomorrow, Egyptians will go to the polls to vote on an amended constitution. The reality of what they are voting on is quite different from the constitution – and the repercussions of the vote will define Egypt for the coming phase. Indeed, the repercussions may outlast the constitution itself. article Will the Middle East Implode Mohammed Mon, 13 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT This book has been dedicated to the staff and scholars at ISPU. The Middle East has long been fraught with tension and volatility. However, the recent Arab uprisings have intensified instability, turning this &hot-spot& into a veritable tinderbox whose potential for implosion has far-reaching regional and global consequences. book The Future of Women&s Rights in Tunisia Engy Thu, 09 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT January 14th Tunisians marked the third anniversary of the "Jasmine Revolution" which culminated in the ouster of former Tunisian President Zine El-Abedine Ben Ali and triggered a series of events that would come to be known as the "Arab Spring." article The New Year H.A. Tue, 07 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT On New Year’s Day, the Dar al-Ifta’ al-Misriyyah declared that 13 January would be the anniversary of the Prophet’s birthday in Egypt. Will 2014, and another year since the birth of the Prophet, be one where all might stop using religion, and the message of Islam in particular, for partisan gain? article Not The Onion, but Egypt in 2014 H.A. Mon, 06 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Satirical publications such as “the Onion,” “Pan-Arabia Enquirer” and “ElKoshary Today” have stiff competition for bizarre reportage – from normal news sources. article Mosque Controversies in Europe (and Lessons Learned From the American Experience) Engy Thu, 02 Jan 2014 00:00:00 GMT Muslims are the second largest religious group in Europe and their influx has been met by increased government restrictions and social hostilities related to their religion. article This is tragic, this is Egypt H.A. Mon, 30 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Hellyer discusses the present situation in Egypt, including the "Sisi-mania" occurring in the country. article Pakistan&s War - Part I Ahmed Mon, 30 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Almost a decade in, the rebellion by the Pakistani Taliban against Islamabad shows no signs of flagging. article Pakistan’s Kayani Leaves Behind Mixed Legacy of Reform as Army Chief Shehzad H. Fri, 27 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced today that Lt. Gen. Raheel Sharif will succeed Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani as Pakistan’s powerful chief of army staff. Kayani article Human Trafficking: Muslim Women Vulnerable in Myanmar Engy Thu, 26 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Amid continued communal strife in Myanmar, Muslim women and children are increasingly finding themselves in vulnerable situations that have yet to be adequately recognized and addressed. article Charlatans and fakes: who represents British Muslims? H.A. Mon, 23 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT It is difficult to know who actually “represents” the Muslim British community, considering the vast diversity and absence of a church-like structure that would deliver a “representative” of Muslims to wider society. article Muslim Women and Children Confront Challenges in Myanmar Engy Thu, 19 Dec 2013 00:00:00 GMT Muslims in Myanmar continue to suffer from discriminatory laws and policies that infringe upon the free exercise of religion, freedom of movement, and access to education and equal employment opportunity. article Consequences of the Iran Deal Mohammed Wed, 27 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT While the question whether the Iran nuclear deal has prevented Iran from ever developing nuclear weapons capability or has merely postponed the inevitable by a few months or years will continue to be debated, one should not ignore the wider strategic consequences of the agreement for several reasons. article How many times does Egypt have to do this to get it right? H.A. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Egypt’s transitional process, that so far has stymied its revolution, rather than enabling it, has been nothing but tragic. article Egypt deserves a better constitution H.A. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT For the past three years, the Egyptian political elite, across the board, has wholly failed to inspire Egyptian citizens. A constitution borne out of this process will not be able to bear testimony to the sacrifices of the Egyptian people in the past three years – all of their sacrifices from across the political arena. But, it can surely do better than this. article The Fallacy of the Colorblind Narrative in Voting Rights Sahar Tue, 19 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Decades after passage of the historic Voting Rights Act, so much has changed. And yet, so much remains the same. article Women’s rights survey raises too many questions H.A. Thu, 14 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT The subject of women’s rights in the Arab world has invigorated debates for many years. But such discussions have taken a controversial course recently with the publication of a Thomson Reuters Foundation study on the status of women in this region. article Time to Re-Assess Pakistan’s Quest for Peace with the Taliban Shehzad H. Wed, 13 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Pakistan&s current approach to dealing with the Taliban is ill timed and based on flawed policies and political expediency, a dangerous combination. article Are Indian Companies Facing a Global Trust Deficit? Shehzad H. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Trust in Indian firms has declined over the past two years. While in 2010 and 2011 India was the most trusted emerging market country, in 2013 it has fallen even below the emerging market average. article Let’s kill them all H.A. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT When those in Egypt talk about democracy, whether those who demand “legitimacy” for Morsi’s presidency, or those who insist there is a 30 June “revolution”, they ought to be reminded: without respect for the other, there is no revolution. There is only revulsion. The alternative, of course, which seems to be what a lot of people secretly want, is: ‘let’s kill them all’. article Egypt: Inevitable consequences of June 30 H.A. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT The June 30 protests did not have to lead to a military ouster of Mohammad Mursi – it could have just as easily led to a number of different outcomes. article Egypt begins to redraw its relations with its partners H.A. Thu, 07 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Since the partial suspension of American aid to Egypt in early October, there have been suspicions that the American-Egyptian relationship has been in jeopardy. article Meet the new Marvel superhero: A rebellious Muslim teen from New Jersey Hussein Wed, 06 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT In the world of comics, the news of Ms. Marvel’s return to the world of Iron Man and the X-men is a big deal – and not just because the character’s alter ego is a Pakistani-American Muslim girl from New Jersey. article Digital Footprints: Why the Katzin Decision is an Important One Samar Tue, 05 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT Legal Fellow Samar Warsi says that courts must closely scrutinize the reach and access the government has to information when crafting Fourth Amendment jurisprudence in the digital age. article The Egyptian media: Taking sides, not strides H.A. Mon, 04 Nov 2013 00:00:00 GMT One would have hoped that the Egyptian media, a ‘party of power’ unto itself, would have sought to restructure the security apparatus or address the failings of the powerful. But the last three signs have seen signs of the contrary. article The Muslim Vote: Down by Law SpearIt Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT With election day around the corner, millions of Americans will be out voting; there will be races for governor, mayor, initiatives, and a variety of public offices. Many, however, will be denied this opportunity due to their criminal record. Increasingly, this is the case for Muslim-Americans. article The Hypocrisy of Aung San Suu Kyi Azeem Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT A look at human rights activist Aung San Suu Kyi&s silence on the plight of Burma&s Rohinga people. article Egypt’s Impeachment Alternative Sahar Thu, 31 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT The violence Egypt experienced this summer brings to the forefront whether impeachment is a more effective avenue for removing a president accused of egregiously abusing his power. article The Egyptian people demand the right to demand H.A. Mon, 21 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT The question is about what the aim of the law ought to be. Is it to ensure that the right to freedom of assembly and protest is protected? article Britain’s far right leader Tommy Robinson quits, creating a quandary H.A. Thu, 17 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Tommy Robinson, the leader of the English Defence League (EDL) announced his departure from the group, with a weaker extreme right welcomed by those hoping for deeper, wider community cohesion in the UK. article Forecasting Egypt&s presidential race H.A. Wed, 16 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT The state of Egypt&s governance in the last three months since Morsi&s removal, while still in flux and transition, is hard to describe as another phase toward full-fledged democracy. article The insult to Egypt H.A. Tue, 15 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT The reactions of Egyptions on the suspension of a portion of aid from Washington. article Sectarian Spill Kamran Sat, 12 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Pakistan is perhaps only second to Iraq when it comes to sectarian violence in which Shias are the target of a vicious militancy. article Istanbul and the Intellectual Legacy of Ibn Khaldun Fri, 11 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT The rise in prosperity and self-confidence, coupled with the growing self-awareness of Turkey as an Islamic nation, is leading to many interesting developments. One of them is the re-emergence of Istanbul as the de facto capital of the Muslim World. article New Index Shows South Asia Is Ill-Equipped to Cope With Change Shehzad H. Thu, 10 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT New Change Readiness Index shows South Asia is ill-equipped to cope with major changes it is facing. article Egypt’s revolutionaries: what do they stand for? H.A. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Those who supported the revolution and continue to agitate for progressive change in Egypt have always been in the minority. article Syria visit reveals growing jihadist threat Azeem Sun, 06 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Washington should welcome the split between the al-Qaeda jihadists and the moderate opposition and seize the moment to build the FSA into an effective force. The short-sightedness of US policies to date has produced the terrible situation in Syria and the US hopefully still has time to catch up. article Syria&s Agony in Numbers: The Growing Refugee Crisis Azeem Fri, 04 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT In a world purporting to have high ideals about the dignity and worth of every human being, it is unconscionable that the refugee problem is being overlooked as collateral damage in an ongoing civil war. article Where are they? H.A. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT What happened to the young Egyptian activists from the revolution that deposed Mubarak? article The Naxalite Rebellions Haider Ali Hussein Tue, 01 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT A modest proposal for more effective U.S. assistance for India’s burgeoning security problem. article What’s in a niqab? Tue, 24 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT This discussion is primarily about Muslim women, and it ought to be Muslim women who are the strongest and most influential within that public discussion. article Authoritarians return to run Egypt Sahar Thu, 19 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT As the fog from the country’s latest political crisis gradually clears, more Egyptians will come to realize that July 3 was not the detour they had hoped for, but a counter-revolution aimed at bringing back the Mubarak regime, disguised as a new set of faces. article Rendering Unto the State: What Role do Egyptians Want for Religion? H.A. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT While polling suggests that Egypt’s otherwise religiously conservative population are ambivalent towards religion-based political parties, support for restrictions on the ousted Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party has yet to be tested. article Pakistan’s Sharif Sees Foreign Policy Successes, Domestic Stasis in First 100 Days Shehzad H. Tue, 17 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT The first 100 days of Pakistan&s PM Nawaz Sharif have been a mixed bag. article The American Tea Party of Egypt? H.A. Mon, 16 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT There is this trend in Egypt for those with justifiable disagreements with the Muslim Brotherhood, to find common cause with those outside of Egypt who share that enmity. They might want to reconsider that sort of alliance. article America&s Credibility Is Not at Stake in Syria Shehzad H. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT The appeal to American credibility as a reason for striking was always weak and with dwindling support behind military intervention the argument has been exposed as vacuous. article Russia Outfoxes the US Over Syria Azeem Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT It is looking more and more likely that a U.S. military strike against Syria will be postponed -- leaving Russia the winner in this complex game of maneuvering for international prestige. article Sinai: Tipping Point or Pretext for Ouster? Sahar Thu, 12 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Glaringly absent in analyses of the Egyptian military&s ouster of Morsi: an examination of the preeminence of Sinai in the military’s decision to intervene in otherwise civilian political disputes between the burgeoning liberal parties and the veteran Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies. article Meet 5 People Inspiring Peace Engy Tue, 10 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT All around the country, Americans can be found working to promote a culture of peace in subtle ways. article Egypt’s war... against whom? H.A. Mon, 09 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT There are many criticisms that can, and ought to, be made vis-à-vis the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. However, they ought never to be used to provide excuses for abuses perpetrated by society at large, or by the state in carrying out its duties to protect every Egyptian – pro-Mursi or otherwise. article Interview: Could U.S. Military Action Turn Syrian Civil War into a "Widespread Regional War"? Fawaz A. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Democracy Now!&s Amy Goodman interviews Fellow Fawaz A. Gerges on impending U.S. intervention in Syria. article Caution and the Syria debate Azeem Sun, 01 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT The UK Parliament was right not to endorse action in Syria now, and Ed Miliband was right to be cautious. Tactics must follow strategy. We should only strike if and when we have that strategy in place. article Assessing the War on Terror Mohammed Sun, 01 Sep 2013 00:00:00 GMT Was the US-led war on terror, especially the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, a necessary response to the September 11 terrorist attacks? What did the two invasions accomplish? How have the fortunes of al-Qaeda and like-minded organizations been affected? The authors of this important contribution to ongoing debates address these questions as they assess the impact and implications of the war on terror for the Middle East, for Europe, and for the United States itself. book Syria Is Dying Azeem Thu, 29 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT The country has become the center for a regional proxy war and a battleground for the two leading branches of Islam. Sunnis and Shias must build upon common humanity instead of warring in pursuit of meaningless power for their sect. article Islamic Law Reform: It’s Easier and Harder Than You Might Think Asifa Wed, 28 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Are the rules associated with sharia static and unchanging? If not, what does it take to reform them? Asifa Quraishi-Landes explains how and when Islamic legal reform is possible, and what is at stake in such an undertaking. policy The West Must Finally Respond Radwan Mon, 26 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT The West can no longer afford to give the Assad regime impunity. Airstrikes and a no-flight zone should begin at once. article Egypt’s coup, Afghan Taliban negotiations & Pakistan’s security Kamran Fri, 23 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT For the Taliba­n, Mursi’s ouster only reinfo­rces their belief that politi­cal author­ity is a functi­on of milita­ry force. article Egypt: binaries and traders in populism H.A. Thu, 22 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT The reality of Egypt’s situation is clear: one can choose to fall into the binary trap, where you are either “with us” or “with them” – or one can see Egypt for what it is. article NYPD&s Stop-and-Frisk Program: Incentivizing Quantity Over Quality Samar Wed, 21 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Police should not be permitted to perpetually contravene the strictures of the Fourth Amendment. article Sinai’s Role in Morsi’s Ouster Sahar Tue, 20 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Morsi’s soft approach to security in the Sinai alienated the Egyptian military and provided another reason for them to support the opposition. article Choices H.A. Tue, 20 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT The choices that three major forces in Egypt now have: the Muslim Brotherhood, the state, and then those who are not particularly pleased about either of them. article Turkey must disengage from intra-Arab conflicts Mohammed Mon, 19 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Turkey has been one of the few countries, and the only one in the Middle East, that has taken a principled stand on the military&s overthrow of the elected government in Egypt, characterized it unequivocally as a coup, and condemned it forcefully. article A path out for Egypt H.A. Mon, 19 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT The majority of the population is solidly behind the military-backed interim government, and against the pro-Morsi camp, in spite of the incredible and obscene use of excessive force by the government&s security forces to break up pro-Morsi protests. article Egypt’s ‘day after’ H.A. Fri, 16 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Political leadership has failed the revolution of the 25th of January – but standing one’s ground has never been more important in this country’s revolution. article If Egypt&s present is catastrophic, its future is unthinkable H.A. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Former Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi was removed from office more than a month ago - and the immediate fallout from that day has ceased to level itself out. article A curfew falls on an Egypt divided H.A. Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT One wonders, as a curfew falls over Egypt, and emergency law returns: What is the future of Egypt’s revolutionary process, and its transition to a more pluralistic, stable and progressive place? article Muslim Brotherhood ripe for re-radicalization By Mohammed Ayoob Mohammed Thu, 15 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Wednesday’s massacre by the security forces in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt has left hundreds dead and perhaps thousands more injured. article Mursi is no father of the nation H.A. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT The Muslim Brotherhood missed opportunity after opportunity to do some good during Mursi’s year in power – and it’s continuing to miss opportunities now. article Egypt’s identity crisis Sahar Wed, 07 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT What started as a political battle for power between the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s liberal parties has become an identity crisis for the country. article Islam&s `Night of Power& and the terror alert Hussein Tue, 06 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT CNN&s Peter Bergen speculated that Laylat ul-Qadr might be the reason behind the recent uptick in al Qaeda&s activity and the corresponding closure of U.S. embassies in Africa and the Middle East, but the causal links are unconvincing. article Free Abou Elela Mady! Muqtedar Mon, 05 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT If Al-Wasat can return to its original politics it will once again become of great value for Egypt. Abou Elela Mady can once again become the bridge between Islamists and secularists and this time when the divisions are so pronounced and volatile he can play a calming role. article Top Ten List: Muslims Who Save Lives Engy Sat, 03 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT This piece explores Muslims who represent sources of inspiration and hope for youth and others searching for identity and seeking to define their role within their respective societies. article How Morsi let Egyptians down H.A. Fri, 02 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT Breaking down the data from a recent "TahrirTrends" survey sheds light on Egypt&s public discourse and popular disappointment with Morsi and FJP governance. article Only in the middle is there support for reconciliation H.A. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 00:00:00 GMT The moderate middle of the Egyptian people needs to speak up to power to protect the core of the revolution that began in 2011. article U.S. Foreign Aid and Morsi&s Ouster Sahar Wed, 31 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT The United States may be waiting to see whether the country’s interim civilian government is in fact ruling Egypt or is simply a guise for long-term military rule. article Is Huma Abedin’s Muslim faith her fatal flaw with Anthony Weiner? That’s not the Islam I know. Asma Tue, 30 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT We need to acknowledge and celebrate the existence of strong Muslim women like Huma Abedin, not use their struggles as launch pads for denigrating their faith. article Israel-Palestine negotiations: The road to nowhere Mon, 29 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Settlements are rendering a two-state solution an impossibility and upcoming negotiations are little more than a sham. article Egypt: the police and the people are one hand… H.A. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Security reform is one demand of the January 25th revolution that is non-negotiable if the country is to progress. Egypt will continue in this cycle of violence for some time to come, unless real leadership is shown, and hard choices are made. article Egyptian General, Muslim Brotherhood Call for Friday Protests H.A. Wed, 24 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi&s call for Friday protests may be a maneuver to show the world how little support the Muslim Brotherhood has overall in Egypt. article How the June 30 uprising wasn’t the January 25 revolution H.A. Sun, 21 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT This uprising had a destination – but certainly not the same soul that existed during the January 25th uprising. article Some Ramadan Thoughts on the ‘Americanness’ of some American Muslim Organizations Aminah Fri, 19 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Many American Muslims are not either Muslim in their sensibilities or American in their understandings of the need to stand up for justice or against injustice. article Weak legal systems hamper Egypt&s road to reconciliation H.A. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Egypt&s president has been overturned by the military amid popular protests on two occasions since the start of the Arab Spring, but the differences between the two oustings tell the full story. article Premature Obituaries for Political Islam Fawaz A. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Mainstream Islamists of the Brotherhood variety have survived decades of persecution, incarceration, and exile by military-led authoritarian regimes. And they will most likely weather the latest coup that has swept away Morsi. article Morsi&s Overthrow: All Sides Must Now Be Held to Account H.A. Mon, 15 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT The Muslim Brotherhood can&t escape blame for its ousting from power and Egypt&s subsequent polarisation. If the international community can do anything, it is to persuade all political actors to refrain from violence and respect civil rights. article Breaking the cycle of vendetta in Egypt H.A. Sun, 14 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT The breaking of the cycle of mutual distrust and common hate is difficult to achieve – but if Egypt has a chance to progress and make good on the promise of the January 25th revolution, that cycle must be broken. article Truth as victim: questions on recent polls on Egypt H.A. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT There are a few things here to ask in any poll: first, who has done it? Secondly, what methodology do they use? And third, what corroborating information do we have to contextualise its results? article On Egypt, the truth is the greatest victim H.A. Fri, 12 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT One could have written "in Egypt," the truth is the greatest victim: but in truth, the level of misinformation with regards to coverage on Egypt, be it written in Egypt or abroad, is incredible. article Can true democracy exist in military-dominated Egypt? H.A. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Will the military be an aid to the fulfillment of revolutionary demands, and the production of a pluralistic, genuine democracy? Time will tell. article Mursi is gone: What next? H.A. Sun, 07 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Mursi’s presidency is officially over – but many of the problems that led to his departure are still there, and some new ones will replace others. article Morsi’s best contribution to Egypt would be to make peace H.A. Sun, 07 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT If Morsi would do one act worthy of a president, it must be to give that statement – a statement to call his followers back, and to offer to the Egyptian public a way forward that does not lead to more violence. article Six lessons for Egypt Sahar Fri, 05 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT With every step toward democracy, mistakes were made that provide important lessons as Egyptians develop the political maturity and experience needed to effectively self-govern, and the current political crisis highlights six particularly important lessons at this critical juncture in Egypt’s history. article Egypt’s Morsi is gone. Now the danger begins H.A. Thu, 04 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Egypt’s next steps will be the most difficult – to keep order and ensure real democracy returns, and to prevent a backlash either by or against the Muslim Brotherhood. article In Egypt, get ready for extremist backlash Mohammed Wed, 03 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT Fellow Mohammed Ayoob argues that the ouster of Egypt&s Morsy could mean the end of its democratic experiment. article Muslim Brotherhood has plenty to learn about political life H.A. Wed, 03 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT The trial verdict will perhaps help the Brotherhood to realise that a good part of what is happening to it now is a direct result of its own failures. article Not quite a coup, but pretty much H.A. Mon, 01 Jul 2013 00:00:00 GMT An outright coup is not a successful outcome for the military. On the contrary, it is a risky scenario, and the military wants to minimize any risks going forward. article Mohamed Morsi can help Egypt&s revolution to succeed – or not H.A. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT By alienating so many Egyptians, the Muslim Brotherhood has made the continuation of a Morsi presidency more difficult. article Mursi must call early elections, for his own sake H.A. Sun, 30 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT The choice is his. President Mursi must call for early presidential elections – and he has to do it now. That will be for the sake of Egypt – but also for his own. article The Clash of Cultures from Istanbul to Cairo Muqtedar Sat, 29 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Both Erdogan and Morsi are democratically elected leaders and the attempt by liberal and secular groups to unseat them is seen by Islamists everywhere as a case of hypocrisy. article Funding gives US vital leverage with Islamists in Egypt, elsewhere Farid Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Those who would like the U.S. to back off of its 2011 pledge to provide $1 billion in aid to Egypt, because of fears that that the Muslim Brotherhood&s Freedom and Justice Party rules the government, are failing to see the long-term advantages to the U.S. of such aid. article Dissecting an Evolving Conflict: The Syrian Uprising and the Future of the Country Asaad Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Scholar Al Saleh explains the multilayered dimensions of the three-year-old Syrian conflict, providing a comprehensive mapping of major developments and actors in the crisis. report Farewell, Fourth Amendment Samar Thu, 27 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT The extensive investigative infrastructure devised by the government has greatly eroded vital Fourth Amendment protections. article The scourge of sectarianism in Egypt H.A. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT If what happened on Sunday night is to be taken seriously, then condemnations are increasingly irrelevant. There are five points that must be addressed that go beyond Sunday night&s tragedy. article After Iraq? Expanding civil war in the Middle East Mohammed Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Though the US and Turkey continue to play major roles in internal Iraqi politics, the main drivers are the Saudi-Iranian power struggle and region-wide Shia-Sunni rivalry, contributing to domestic sectarian divide, pushing Iraq towards civil war. article Day of reckoning: 30 June or later H.A. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT No one knows for certain what will come next, but everyone knows that there is one man who can change everything right now. And unfortunately, everyone is pretty certain that he won’t, and Egypt will pay the price. article Rebellion, Development and Security in Pakistan’s Tribal Areas Hassan Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT A straightforward relationship between development and stability does not exist in Pakistan. article Pakistan’s Sharif Must Navigate Between Wary Military and Assertive Judiciary Shehzad H. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Today’s Pakistan features not just a tussle for power between the civilian government and the military, but also an assertive judiciary. article Morsi and Erdogan must acknowledge legitimate protest H.A. Sun, 23 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT In Turkey, as in Egypt, genuine grievances can be exploited and magnified by forces seeking to bring down the government by any means necessary. article The quandary of June 30 H.A. Sun, 23 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Egypt has a way of putting otherwise rather reasonable people into rather unreasonable positions on a regular basis. article Iran’s President-Elect May Offer New Opening Mohammed Fri, 21 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Ayoob analyzes the implications of Rouhani’s emergence for Syria, Iraq and Israel in a divided region with many entrenched challenges and concerns. article Haroon Moghul is interviewed on The Posner Show about Turkey Haroon Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT On The Posner Show, Sarah discusses the protests in Turkey with ISPU Fellow Haroon Moghul, who just returned from Istanbul. article Secular is Not Always Better: A Closer Look at Some Women-Empowering Features of Islamic Law Asifa Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Dispelling the popular misconception that Sharia oppresses women, ISPU Fellow Asifa Quraishi-Landes illustrates the empowering aspects of Islamic law for women. Dr. Quraishi-Landes explains where Sharia is in fact more favorable to women than modern Western law displaying why many Muslim women may prefer the traditional religious legal system to protect their rights. policy Sarah Posner interviews Haroon Moghul on The Posner Show Wed, 19 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT On The Posner Show, Sarah discusses the protests in Turkey with ISPU Fellow Haroon Moghul, who just returned from Istanbul. article What’s behind Mursi’s Syria stance? H.A. Tue, 18 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT The past week has not seen a particular increase in the slaughter of Syrians that would suddenly provoke the Egyptian state into cutting off ties – why now? article The challenge of combating militancy Kamran Mon, 10 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT A robust anti-extrem­ism strate­gy is needed to de-constr­uct the intell­ectual antece­dents that produc­e terror. article Let’s be honest about Egypt’s NGO case H.A. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT There will continue to be debate in some Egyptian quarters as to whether or not those who stood trial in the recent NGOS case in Egypt actually broke the law. article For Turkey this can be a renewal rather than a spring H.A. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Yes, much of what is happening on the streets of Turkey looks similar to the Egyptian uprising. But they&re different in many ways. article 99.3% of Egyptian Women, Girls Have Been Sexually Harassed Engy Tue, 04 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT New research from U.N. Women finds that 99.3 percent of women have suffered sexual harassment in Egypt. article A Farce H.A. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT All NGOs in Egypt, and any abroad that want to act in Egypt, are going to be very nervous about doing any work in the country due to the recent verdict in the NGO trial. article Ethnic Cleansing of Rohingya Continues Despite Presidential Visit Azeem Mon, 03 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT The violent persecution of the Burmese Muslims has thus taken a new and ominous turn, making Burma&s President Thein Sein&s promises seem cynical in the extreme. article Not a ‘Turkish Spring’: but still important H.A. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT Can what is happening in central Istanbul be described as the beginning of a ‘Turkish Spring’, and Taksim Square the Turkish equivalent of Egypt’s Tahrir Square? article The Muslim Brotherhood as victims H.A. Sun, 02 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT One day, the Muslim Brotherhood will be out of government yet again – and the NGO sector will be called upon to defend its legitimate rights under another government. article Don&t blame all Islamists for the violence of a minority H.A. Sun, 02 Jun 2013 00:00:00 GMT The temptation across much of government and in most public discourse was to conflate all types of political activity within the Muslim community as inevitably violent. article We Should All Be Ashamed by Our Silence Over the Genocide in Burma Azeem Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT A terrible injustice continues in Myanmar. article Islam in Dubai: It&s not just for Arabs Haroon Wed, 29 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT In the UAE&s biggest city, you are hard-pressed to get much of anything in Arabic - unless it is religion. article In Pakistan, Is the Third Time a Charm? Imtiaz Wed, 29 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT The country&s recently-elected prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has already served twice and is making the case that this time around, things will be different. But will they? article ‘Rebellion’ Campaign: Not undemocratic, but not quite useful…yet H.A. Tue, 28 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT In the past few weeks, media circles in Cairo have been buzzing with talk of a new grassroots campaign designed to end President Mohamed Morsi’s term in office. article Malaysia -- Slaying the Tiger Economy Azeem Tue, 28 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT Malaysia&s rapid economic growth may well be coming to an end, as natural resources are being depleted and the workforce has reached a limit of productivity. article Burma Has Devised a New Way to Rid Itself of the Rohingya Azeem Tue, 28 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT The systematic persecution and violent resettlement of the Rohingya people is tantamount to ethnic cleansing, yet the world and Burma&s own leaders are turning a blind eye to the situation. article Comment: Why we need to change our tactics Azeem Sun, 26 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT Since 9/11, the nature of terrorism has changed, and last week’s London attack reflects that change article A Murder in Woolwich H.A. Sat, 25 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT Was the brutal south London killing of a British soldier actually an act of terrorism? article Fight now, negotiate later Kamran Fri, 24 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT Govern­ment must gain milita­ry advant­age over jihadi­sts to be able to dictat­e terms so that negoti­ations lead to peace. article Who Are the Rohingya Muslims, and Why Should We Care? Engy Sun, 19 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT Myanmar&s otherwise tainted record on religious freedom, including escalating communal violence, threatens to undermine its transition from one-party, autocratic military rule to more representative governance. article Silent screams from Sinai Sat, 18 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT The reality is – Sinai is a no-man’s land, where the Egyptian state is at its weakest. article The Rohingya of Burma -- Betrayed by Aung San Sui Kyi Azeem Fri, 17 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT The continuing silence of Aung San Sui Kyi on the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Burma continues to confound and dismay all those who welcomed her return to the international scene as the moral voice of Burma. article My Take: What Tsarnaev gets wrong about Islam Hussein Thu, 16 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT ISPU Fellow Hussein Rashid discusses what Tsarnaev gets wrong about Islam article The Bay Area Muslim Study: Establishing Identity and Community Farid Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT This benchmark study, the first of its kind on the Bay Area’s Muslim community, serves many purposes including providing groundbreaking data on its demographics, sense of identity, economic well being, political and civic engagement, and the challenges that it faces. The resulting data is useful for academics and practitioners wishing to pursue further research, as well as for the community and its leaders, philanthropists and foundations, policymakers, and the general public. As a source of information, it will serve as an important tool for advocacy and media purposes, given that data about the community has often been misrepresented. Finally, the report will add to and complement the growing body of empirical data on local Muslim communities and the national portrait. report Nationally, regionally and internationally, government’s time is running out H.A. Tue, 14 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT The Egyptian government recently assembled a new cabinet in order to deliver on the promises of the “Renaissance Project” (mashru’ al-nahda). article Arab dictators can no longer monopolize resistance H.A. Sun, 12 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT ISPU Fellow H.A. Hellyer discusses Hezbollah&s evolution before and during the Syrian revolution. article Stigma and Suspicion: NYPD Surveillance of Muslims Samar Thu, 09 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT The recent revelations regarding NYPD surveillance of Muslims and Muslim-affiliated groups has serious implications for civil liberties in the US. article The Turkey Model: Does Turkey Offer a Model for Tunisia and Egypt? Azeem Wed, 08 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT This report assesses the constitutional changes under discussion as Turkey, Egypt, and Tunisia draft new constitutions; compares their judicial systems, civil institutions, civil and minority rights; and analyzes Islam’s role in each country to evaluate its relationship to democracy. Turkey’s success has been largely due to its healthy economy, which can serve as a key learning model for Tunisia and Egypt. Despite their individual differences, the Turkish model remains an example to observe, learn from, and emulate, especially as Turkey moves forward in its foreign policy to become a leading voice among Muslim nations. report Expanding Civil War: After Syria, Iraq? Mohammed Tue, 07 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT Iranian-Saudi, Shia-Sunni rivalries drive greater Mideast conflicts article Election Fraud in Malaysia Azeem Tue, 07 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT Malaysians cast their ballots in the most important election in the nation&s history on Sunday. On Election Day, as had been predicted by opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, reports of electoral fraud were widespread. article How Did Anwar Awlaki Radicalize the Boston Bombers? Azeem Wed, 01 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT The most salient fact about al Awlaki is that for all his rhetorical and revolutionary bravado, he was not actually a Muslim scholar at all. article An American Muslim Abroad, Or, Things I Saw in Dubai Haroon Tue, 30 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Haroon Moghul authored a photo essay on a recent trip to the UAE. article It’s the people, not the paper H.A. Sun, 28 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Egypt’s media is the lesser without the Egypt Independent. article Focus on bombing victim&s message of peace Sahar Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Martin Richard&s message "No more hurting people. Peace," possessed the innate sense of justice for humanity that resides at the core of most people and all of the world&s major religions. article Don’t punish Muslims for Boston attack Haider Ali Hussein Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Protecting pluralism and punishing intolerance is quintessentially American. article Justice Is Not Enough! Muqtedar Mon, 22 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Muslims should seek change not revenge. article Boston and Chechnya – Worlds Apart Azeem Sun, 21 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Azeem Ibrahim delves into Chechen history and what role that may have played with the Tsarnaev brothers. article Boston Marathon bombings: Breaking the pattern Erik Wed, 17 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Only the perpetrators are to blame for the explosions - but the knee-jerk speculation about "the Muslims" continues. article The responsibility of opposition H.A. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT For months, from these pages and elsewhere, I have written a rather large number of articles criticising the conduct and performance of Egypt’s post-uprising political forces. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which resumed power after Hosni Mubarak, gave a good deal of material for me to work with. I knew at the time that most Egyptians had confidence in SCAF; much was borne out in the opinion polls that showed that around 90% of Egyptians expressed confidence in the military and its leadership. I thought that confidence was ill-placed, and that there had been many problems with the way in which the military had conducted the transition. article What if he had become Egypt’s President Shafiq? H.A. Tue, 16 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT It was very close. The threat of armed violence on the streets of Cairo, particularly from supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood’s (MB) presidential candidate, Mohammed Mursi, was on everyone’s mind. Nevertheless, the military government stood their ground, and backed one of their own: on the 24th of June 2012, Ahmad Shafiq was declared as victor in the first free elections of Egypt. article Our Values Must Unite Us After Tragedy in Boston Sahar Mon, 15 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT The next few months will be a true test of our faith in our constitution and our freedoms. Standing together, as Americans of various faiths, ethnicities, and races, we must unite to preserve our fundamental values. article How International Drone Policy Shapes Domestic Drone Use Samar Mon, 15 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT The international drone policy sets the tone for domestic drone policy decisions. article Waziristan: &The most dangerous place in the world& Akbar Fri, 12 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Finding peace and securing stability in the Tribal Areas should be the first priority for the newly elected government. article Supremacist Terror Rising, Islamic Extremism on the Decline SpearIt Tue, 09 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Why the string of murders in Texas and Colorado should be a wake-up call for any who think that Muslims hold a monopoly on terrorism. article Egypt&s war of attrition Sahar Sun, 07 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT Egyptians don&t need another era of dysfunctional government dominated by leaders with their own political interests. article Egypt&s public relations disaster H.A. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 00:00:00 GMT The summons and investigation of popular political satirist Bassam Youssef raises wider questions about freedom of speech and freedom of the press in revolutionary Egypt. article Are Drone Strikes Killing Terrorists or Creating Them? Hassan Sun, 31 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT What the evidence says about one of the biggest questions in the debate over targeted killings. article Under the Influence: Alcohol Use Among Muslim College Students Cynthia Wed, 27 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT This pilot study initiates the process of documenting the prevalence of alcohol use among this specific population and to explore potential areas of intervention. In particular, this pilot study examines the relationship of alcohol use and various factors: family, religiosity, personal beliefs, and social influences. Our research combined an innovative sampling technique – respondent-driven sampling – with a web-based survey to gather data on this difficult-to-reach group. report Peace Deal for Turkey Mohammed Mon, 25 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT A call for peace announced by the jailed Kurdish leader Abdullah Ocalan on March 21 reverberated throughout the Middle East. article Social media, religion in the new Arab world Mon, 25 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Increasingly, young Arab Muslims are asking questions from people they identify as religious authorities through Facebook, Twitter and other internet social media apparatuses. article 10 Years Later: An American Muslim Looks Back at Iraq Haroon Fri, 22 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Iraqis lost their lives, their homes, their families, their future. The rest of the world lost faith in us. article The Depths of a &Sorry Vein of Racial Prejudice& Sahar Thu, 21 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Racial prejudice in law enforcement and the judicial system continues. article Last chance for Obama in Middle East Mohammed Wed, 20 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT President Barack Obama is just beginning his first visit to Israel and the West Bank since he assumed the presidency, but skeptics have already been suggesting that those expecting much more than a photo-op are destined for disappointment. article Secretary Kerry Must Stop U.S. Support for Islamic Extremism Azeem Mon, 18 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Maybe the moment has come however, for a recalibration of the U.S.-Saudi relationship as the U.S. is becoming more self-sufficient in energy and therefore less reliant on Saudi oil. article Wayward in Waziristan Akbar Fri, 15 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT How the United States is blowing the war on terror in the most dangerous place in the world. article The Waning Pulse of Islamic Radicalization in America SpearIt Tue, 12 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT With over two million individuals incarcerated in America and more than 700,000 released each year, the numbers clearly show prisoner radicalization is more myth than menace. article If Muslims Stop Drinking Will They Become Violent? Haroon Mon, 11 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT It’s become clear why our major media fell into line with the Iraq War as quickly as they did. article No Fear: Mursi’s rule of law H.A. Sun, 10 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Egypt’s institution need to be strengthened through reform – not further weakened through partisanship or incompetence. article America&s &shift& towards Syria&s rebels is a dangerous illusion Radwan Sun, 10 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT In the past few days, western media outlets have devoted much space to coverage of the supposedly major policy shift the United States has taken with the announcement that the US government will begin directly supporting Syrian rebels with non-lethal aid and training. This "shift" would be laughable if it weren&t so tragic. article Growing Faith: Prisons, Hip-Hop and Islam SpearIt Fri, 08 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT Although there are no reliable statistics, estimates suggest that 35,000-40,000 inmates convert to Islam each year, and nationwide, it is estimated that 15 percent of the U.S. prison population is Muslim, or as much as 350,000 current Muslim inmates. article The Thistle and the Drone: The United States, Islam, and the War on Terror Akbar Thu, 07 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT As the debate about the drone and the war on terror in America emerges, the voices of the victims and the targeted communities are not heard. article The Thistle and the Drone: How America&s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam Akbar Tue, 05 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMT In the wake of the 9/11 attacks, the United States declared war on terrorism. More than ten years later, the results are decidedly mixed. Here world-renowned author, diplomat, and scholar Akbar Ahmed reveals an important yet largely ignored result of this war: in many nations it has exacerbated the already broken relationship between central governments and the largely rural Muslim tribal societies on the peripheries of both Muslim and non-Muslim nations. The center and the periphery are engaged in a mutually destructive civil war across the globe, a conflict that has been intensified by the war on terror. book Paradoxes of Community Policing in Counterterrorism Sahar Wed, 27 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT Muslims have little choice but to engage with the same entities that both violate their civil liberties and legitimize civil rights violations by private actors. article The Kabyle Berbers, AQIM and the search for peace in Algeria Akbar Mon, 25 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT A heavy-handed solution to the Kabyle in Algeria is doomed to failure and bloodshed, as history has shown. article Egypt&s military back in play H.A. Mon, 25 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT If the Egyptian economy continues to falter the country remains in tumult, will the Army intervene? article Islamophobia Only a Short Chapter in the Muslim-West Story Muqtedar Wed, 20 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT Increasingly scholars are seeing Western politics and policies through the lens of Islamophobia. article A War Without Bombs: Civil Society Initiatives Against Radicalization in Pakistan Shehzad H. Tue, 19 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT While the Obama administration is searching for an exit in Afghanistan, Pakistan will continue to face the dual challenges of insurgent conflict and radicalization beyond 2014. Dealing with these issues will remain vital to American regional policy as well because of the “pivot” to East Asia, the importance of India (also threatened by Islamist terrorism) as a country central to realizing that strategy, and the United States’ economic plans (e.g., the New Silk Road) to integrate Central and South Asia. policy Why are they after the Islamists? Mohammed Wed, 13 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT A clear pattern is evolving in the Arab Spring countries that denotes that there is a concerted campaign to deny Islamist parties their electoral due. article Egypt&s corruption woes Sahar Fri, 08 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT Upon taking office, President Mohamed Morsy vowed to eliminate corruption in Egypt. Indeed, corruption was among the first issues he identified as posing the most serious challenge to the Egyptian economy. Yet despite his rhetoric, little has changed under his administration – so far, at least. article The Mosque and the State: After the Arab Spring Nader Mon, 04 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT Nader Hashemi examines the relationship between Islam and democracy historically, comparatively and dispassionately. This policy brief is part of a series of papers co-sponsored by ISPU and the British Council examining Islam and the West. policy Muslim States and the Protection of Fundamental Rights Asma Fri, 01 Feb 2013 00:00:00 GMT Asma Uddin looks at the ability of majority-Muslim states to embrace the protection of fundamental rights with a focus on the fundamental right to religious freedom. article Will democracy be derailed in Pakistan? Hassan Tue, 29 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT Pakistan is only months away from a first: a democratically elected government is slated to hand over power to another democratically elected government. Too bad few in Pakistan are in a celebratory mood. article Ending corruption in Pakistan Azeem Tue, 29 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT Imran Khan, leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf, has made eradicating corruption a central plank of his campaign platform. article Sharia and Diversity: Why Some Americans are Missing the Point Asifa Wed, 16 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT This report is for American Muslims who want to better understand sharia in order to explain it to others, and for non-Muslim Americans who seek an explanation of sharia at a higher level of sophistication than is available in popular media. It should be noted that this report does not seek to change the minds of anti-sharia advocates or to provide point-by-point responses to their propaganda. Rather, it seeks to provide an informed exposition of some basic concepts of Islamic law so that Americans can intelligently engage in and raise the quality of this ongoing public conversation. report The New Cold War in the Middle East Mohammed Wed, 16 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT Syria&s war is a proxy battle in the rebalancing of the Saudis against Iran and the Americans and Israelis against the "Axis of Resistance." article Blame the ‘OmniOpposition’ H.A. Tue, 15 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT This OmniOpposition is labelled as such because, it seems, it is everywhere – and does everything article Substance Over Formalism Asma Wed, 09 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT ISPU Fellow Asma Uddin takes on the question "With Children, When Does Religion Go Too Far?" in the New York Times &Room for Debate& article Christmas confusion as Copts experience ‘other’ Egypt H.A. Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT This was the first year that a sectarian discourse that identified Christians and the Coptic Church as potential subversive elements was unabashedly public. article Halting anti-Muslim violence Erik Tue, 08 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT Many of the recent attacks have taken place shortly after well-publicized anti-Muslim hate speeches. article The myth of the murderous Muslim Haroon Thu, 03 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT Islamophobia promotes a "racialised view of Islam" - the actions of the few represent the "intentions" of the whole. article MSA National: For 50 Years, &Students& Has Been Its Middle Name Altaf Wed, 02 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT The Muslim Students Association of the United States and Canada (MSA National) began as a spiritual and social support initiative for international students and transformed over the last five decades to become a truly American institution. On January 1, 2013, MSA National celebrated 50 years since its founding. This is a historic milestone for many reasons. article What’s Islamophobia, and Do I Have It? Haroon Mon, 31 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT An answer in eight parts article Will Egypt&s Jon Stewart be stifled? H.A. Sun, 30 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT A legal complaint has been filed against Bassem Youssef for insulting Egypt&s president article Ankara may suffer domestically by over-involvement in Syria Mohammed Sun, 30 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT Turkish Policy of “zero problems with neighbors,” has been widely tested article ‘Objectivity’ the first casualty in the Gaza conflict Azeem Fri, 28 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT A fragile truce is in place in Gaza and now begins the battle of interpretation of who was to blame and who was hurt most. article Politicized religion in Egypt 2012 – for Egypt 2013? H.A. Thu, 27 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT Religion is on Egyptians’ minds at present because they are angry at how it is being used – and how it may yet be abused in the year to come. article Malaise in Malaysia: Corruption in High Places Azeem Thu, 27 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT Malaysia ranked 60th out of 182 nations last year in Transparency International&s Corruption Perceptions Index, down four places from 2010, when 178 countries were included. article Shameless Malaysian Government Fraud Goes Global Azeem Thu, 27 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT Fraud and corruption in Malaysia have reached a shameless new level and might be seen as the dying efforts of a government on its way out. article A Brotherhood win has good news for Egypt&s opposition H.A. Tue, 25 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT article Critiquing Morsi’s Egypt H.A. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT Since he took office in June, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has received criticism domestically and internationally. article Shape up or ship out H.A. Wed, 19 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT Five months into a Muslim Brotherhood presidency, they have managed to squander a huge portion of their support base. article Turkey Can’t Afford Over-Involvement in Syria Mohammed Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT Turkey’s Western-backed interventions in Syria could affect its security article Ali Ibne Abi Talib on Leadership and Good Governance Hassan Tue, 18 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT This book is a collection of Imam Ali Ibne Abi Talib&s policy statements on the role and responsibilities of political leadership for good governance.Important administrative policy initiatives taken by Imam Ali and his guidelines for effective government as advocated in his writings and lectures to various governors and senior officials are the primarily focus of this work. book Islamo-Christian Civilization Richard W. Fri, 14 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT The term “Islamo-Christian” conveys the vast degree of overlap between the two faiths, a degree of overlap that is significantly greater than the overlap suggested by the commonplace term “Judeo-Christian.” Use of this term encourages a comparison between Islam and Christianity that can yield valuable insights into each religion’s history and institutional structure. What follows outlines some of the lessons that can be learned by exploring the common characteristics of Islamo-Christian civilization. policy Egypt and other Arab democracies will not survive without including more women Sahar Wed, 12 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT Democracy, like revolution, is unsustainable in the Middle East without the inclusion of women. article The rewriting of Egypt’s recent events H.A. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT The revolution of 2011 is not yet over article &National dialogue& in Egypt was just empty symbolism H.A. Tue, 11 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT article The Turkish model -- Reconciling Atatürk and Erdogan Mon, 10 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT As Western democracies look inwards with concern for their domestic economies, instead of outwards to solving the Middle East’s problems, they are grateful for Turkey’s leadership and diplomacy, particularly with Iran, Syria and Palestine. article It does not have to be like this H.A. Sun, 09 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT That sense of historical memory and concern overwhelms any impulse to build consensus — regrettably, at a time when Egypt’s transition needs it more than ever. article The irony in Egypt&s political crisis H.A. Sun, 09 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT The Muslim Brotherhood believes it is fighting forces bent upon its destruction; the international media sees a confrontation between democratically elected Islamists and spoil-sport secularists. What&s the reality? article A First Hand Account: The Storming of the FJP’s Office in a Cairo Suburb H.A. Sun, 09 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT This is what happened at the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) office in the Cairo suburb of Maadi on the night of December 6. I was there. article Freedom means being able to wear the veil, too Sahar Wed, 05 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT A woman’s rights are about personal autonomy to choose her life’s path, not whether we approve of it. article Sometimes, I am not sure whose shenanigans are worse H.A. Tue, 04 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT Egypt does not stand at a crossroads – it stands on quicksand. article Facts and Fictions About Islam in Prisons: Assessing Prisoner Radicalization in Post 9/11 America SpearIt Tue, 04 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT This report assesses the radicalization of Muslim prisoners in post-9/11 America. In the last decade, Muslim prisoners have been scrutinized for ties to terrorist and other extremist organizations, not to mention characterized as both a “threat” and a “danger” to national security, due to the in?uence of foreign jihadist movements. However, closer scrutiny shows that these fears have failed to materialize—indeed, despite the existence of an estimated 350,000 Muslim prisoners, there is little evidence of widespread radicalization or successful foreign recruitment, and only one documented case of prison-based terrorist activity. report The General and I Haider Ali Hussein Tue, 04 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT Watching your mentor fall from grace is never easy. article Understanding ‘War and Peace’ in Afghanistan Today: Will planned military withdrawal usher peace in Afghanistan? Hassan Mon, 03 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT Without a consensus (or some collaborative arrangement) among regional players to stabilize Afghanistan, no western security policy is likely to be sustainable. article From Confusion to Kardashian: Misreading the Middle East Haroon Mon, 03 Dec 2012 00:00:00 GMT Kim Kardashian’s recent tweets on Israel and from Bahrain, and what the ensuing teapot-sized tempest tell us about elites, Arabs, and the magic of social media. article The Brotherhood forces hard choices on Egypt&s democracy H.A. Tue, 27 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT Has the revolution of the 25th of January come to an end in Egypt? article The Muslim “Veil” Post-9/11: Rethinking Women’s Rights and Leadership Sahar Tue, 27 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT In the post-9/11 era, Muslim women donning a headscarf in the United States find themselves trapped at the intersection of bias against Islam, the racialized Muslim, and women. policy Afghanistan: A Renewed Effort Toward Peace With the Taliban Shehzad H. Mon, 26 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT A series of major political developments on the Afghan front this month all point toward new cooperative efforts by Pakistan, Afghanistan and the U.S. to bring the Taliban leadership into the negotiation process. article Meet Egypt’s Mr Mursi: a president without checks and balances H.A. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT In the last couple of days, Egypt has seen the birth of a new kind of regime. With President Mohammed Mursi’s latest decree, there is a new constitutional reality, and near-absolute powers have just been placed at the disposal of the Egyptian president. article Meet Egypt’s Mr Mursi: a president without checks and balances H.A. Sat, 24 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT article Egypt’s Constitutional Drafting Process Shows a Diverse Population Ready for Democracy Sahar Wed, 21 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT The grueling constitutional drafting process proves that a populace eager and able to fully engage in a non-violent, consensus building process was hidden within the tight grip of dictatorship. article Pakistan: A Foreign Policy in Transition? Shehzad H. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT In a speech at the Asia Society in New York this September, Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar laid out a foreign policy agenda that she described as Pakistan’s “regional pivot” within Asia. article From Tahrir to Tel Aviv H.A. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT The question now is not if the Palestinian-Israeli conflict will change after the Arab uprisings began; the question is how it will. article Waging War to Win Elections: Timing Is Everything Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT Fellow Azeem Ibrahim looks at the recent escalation of attacks on Gaza ahead of the Israeli election. article Tahrir Squared: Egypt, Israel and Gaza H.A. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT The regional strategic context stands in contrast to 2008-2009. The government in Cairo is now much more sensitive to popular sentiment, which has been enflamed by the violence. Egypt&s reaction to the conflict will be of keen interest to regional observers. article Hedging Bets: Washington’s Pivot to India Shehzad H. Fri, 16 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT As part of its new Asia-Pacific strategy, the US is committed to strengthening India in all major sectors of national development, with the hope of making it a global power and a bulwark against Chinese influence in Asia. Meanwhile, Washington is looking for a minimalist relationship with Pakistan, focused almost exclusively on security concerns. article Egypt’s Protracted Revolution Sahar Wed, 14 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT Sahar Aziz identifies the key political actors and their roles in the ongoing struggle to reshape Egypt’s political landscape and highlights the importance of the rule of law to steer Egypt through an inevitably turbulent phase at this historic juncture. article Wake up Pakistan! This is your war Azeem Wed, 14 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT Pakistan is out of step with the rest of the world – a recent poll showed it was the only country to prefer Romney over Obama and is now proved to be on “the wrong side of history”. Obama’s win on November 6 for a second term has been recognised by every country but Pakistan as a historic decision that is good for the peace and security of the Middle East. article OIC head talks religion and politics in Egypt H.A. Tue, 13 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT ISPU Fellow H.A. Hellyer&s interview with Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in Cairo to discuss Egypt, religion, and the current situation. article Obama Drone Policy Makes American Citizens Vulnerable, Undermines National Security Samar Tue, 13 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT Drone attacks are counterproductive and hurt American attempts at foreign policy improvement. article Muslim Brotherhood in power: Can they speak in Islam&s name? H.A. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT For Egyptians, President Morsi&s failure or success will be his own, not Islam&s. Egypt saw a number of revolutions in the 20th century, it may well see another one in the 21st article A conversation with OIC secretary general about Egypt and Islam H.A. Fri, 09 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT Dr. H.A. Hellyer recently caught up with Dr. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu in Cairo to discuss Egypt and religion. article Federal Civil Rights Engagement with Arab and Muslim American Communities Post 9/11 Sahar Fri, 09 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT ISPU Fellow Sahar Aziz testifies before the United States Commission on Civil Rights on the federal civil rights engagement with Arab and Muslim American communities post 9/11 world. policy What To Do About Islamophobia: Why the Election Counts Erik Mon, 05 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT Islamophobia remains one of the most pressing issues in the 2012 elections and will remain relevant in both the 2013 and 2014 “off-year” elections. policy British Muslims split along sectarian lines over Arab uprisings H.A. Mon, 05 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT article A Window Into American Muslim Physicians: Civic Engagement and Community Participation Farid Fri, 02 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT A first-of-its-kind portrait of American Muslim Physicians: demographic characteristics, identity and values, civic and political engagement, and challenges with discrimination. report How Far is America from Electing a Muslim President? Daniel Fri, 02 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT Closer than you might think. article Beyond the Stereotype: The Shared Story of Muslims and Mormons in America Daniel Thu, 01 Nov 2012 00:00:00 GMT Daniel Tutt examines the shared history of Mormons and Muslims and presents suggestions for how policymakers and leaders from both faiths can move past prejudice towards mutual understanding. policy Aung San Suu Kyi, the Rohingya of Burma and the challenge of faith Akbar Wed, 24 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT Only when the systematic violence against the Rohingya ends can a truly democratic Burma be legitimate in the eyes of its own people and the international community. article Democracy at the heart of Islamic revival Muqtedar Tue, 23 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT Muqtedar Khan on how the idea of Islamic revival and democracy are evident in Egypt today. article A mother of many sons and daughters H.A. Tue, 23 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT There is a different Egypt for everyone article 5 Things Americans Need to Know About Pakistan Akbar Mon, 22 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT What Americans need to know about their traditional ally. article The Way Forward on Combating al-Qa’ida-Inspired Violent Extremism in the United States: Suggestions for the Next Administration David Thu, 18 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT An analysis of the magnitude of the threat of al-Qa&ida inspired violent extremism in the US and approaches to combating it. policy Eritrea and its refugee crisis Akbar Wed, 17 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT The current dismal state of affairs in Eritrea is due to nearly 30 years of constant warfare. article Presidential Debates – What to Watch for as Obama and Romney Tackle Foreign Policy Fawaz A. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT Fawaz Gerges looks at the foreign policy positions of each candidate and likely debate topics in the October 16 and October 22 debates. article The "Obama Doctrine" in the Middle East Fawaz A. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT As challenges in the Middle East heat up in the wake of the Arab Spring, the recent anti-Islam video, a pending war with Iran, shifting tides in Syria and Afghanistan, and the recent ground-swell of protest and violence following the assassination of US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens, it is a good time to assess Obama’s foreign policy towards the Middle East. policy Syria Will Rise Again Radwan Fri, 12 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT Radwan Ziadeh returns to Syria after five years of exile. article What Does "Moderate" Mean in Malaysia? Azeem Fri, 12 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT Malaysia is often referred to as a moderate Islamic country, but recent surveys show a majority of Malays want the state to become more Islamic. article Romney&s Approach to Foreign Policy: &Deja Vu All Over Again?& John Mon, 08 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT Romney&s foreign policy approach mirrors George W. Bush. article Turkey must beware the Syrian quagmire Mohammed Thu, 04 Oct 2012 00:00:00 GMT Turkey is in danger of being dragged deeper into the Syrian quagmire. The mood in the country is sombre after the cross-border shelling and loss of life on both sides. article The plight of the Rif: Morocco&s restive northern periphery Akbar Fri, 28 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT The Arab Spring protests across the country have led to new constitutional reforms for the nation, yet more must be done to account for and alleviate the problems of the Rif and its Berber tribes who have felt neglected by the central government for decades. article Malaysia and the Muslim Spring Azeem Thu, 27 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT The Malaysian electorate is restless - the young, educated and relatively well-off population is demanding change. article A Muslim Perspective on Religion Haroon Sat, 22 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT CNN Interview with Haroon Moghul: A Muslim Perspective on Religion article The Continuing Growth of Executive Power: The National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 James Fri, 21 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT A look at the controversial provisions to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 and the possible expansion of executive power and encroachment on civil liberties. policy Anti-Muslim Extremist Video Calls for Counter-narrative by Mainstream Americans Sahar Thu, 20 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT Americans should do what the First Amendment intended -- offer a counter narrative in the market place of ideas that showcases America&s tolerance, pluralism, and rich diversity. article The United States must act on Syria Radwan Mon, 17 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT As the United States claims a leading diplomatic role for itself in the region, it cannot afford to stand by while its regional allies are destabilized and unspeakable crimes like the Daraya massacre continue to be perpetrated. article Nothing Farcical About anti-Muhammad Film Abbas Wed, 12 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT What we have yet to understand is that whether it takes the shape of Muhammad or the concept of Free Speech, the sacred remains untouchable. article Ending the radicalization spiral after the tragedy in Libya H.A. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT It was a YouTube movie trailer that no one knew about. That is, until radical Salafis decided to draw everyone&s attention to it. article Hope for Change: A Tale of Two Conventions Muqtedar Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT The two conventions aptly define the crossroads that we are at. article 11 Years After September 11th: Remembrance and Resilience Altaf Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT As we remember that tragic day, our response to those terrorist attacks must be a strengthening of our resolve to be resilient. article Health of Muslims, Arab Americans another victim of 9/11 Aasim Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT We are now seeing evidence that the post-9/11 climate of discrimination and marginalization against Muslim and Arab Americans has translated into worse health among these groups. article The Arab Spring: Its Geostrategic Significance Mohammed Mon, 10 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT The democratic uprisings and consequent turmoil in the Arab world during the last 18 months have had significant impact on the geostrategic situation in the Middle East as well as on the policies of major regional and global powers. policy Nigeria in flames: Breaking the cycle of revenge Akbar Mon, 10 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT Cannibalism, Jihad, al-Qaeda on the rampage, and an apocalyptic war between the forces of Islam and Christianity - What is going on in Nigeria, the most populous nation in Africa? article The Global Muslim Community at a Crossroads: Understanding Religious Beliefs, Practices, and Infighting to End the Conflict Abdul Wed, 05 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT Tackling a subject that is as timely as it is complex, this expert work examines the turmoil inside Muslim communities, helping outsiders to understand and insiders to examine ways in which Islam can be reinterpreted for a modern world. book American history incomplete without Muslims Altaf Tue, 04 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMT Looking at Muslim contributions to American history article Olympics Are a Great Forum to Call for an End to Religious Persecution Azeem Fri, 31 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT One would hope that the impending humanitarian crisis in Burma would take precedence over stories about the authenticity of athletic shoes. article Sharing Lessons on Religious Freedom: U.S. and Muslim-Majority Countries Asma Thu, 30 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT Looking at the historical and scriptural foundations of religious freedom in the United States and Muslim-majority countries, ISPU Legal Fellow Asma Uddin proposes a new way of communicating to build bridges and enhance religious liberty abroad. report Innovative solutions to Pakistan’s brain drain Azeem Wed, 29 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT Pakistanis abroad can bring their passion, energy and ambition back to Pakistan if political realities support them. article Creeping Counterterrorism: From Muslims to Political Protesters Sahar Fri, 24 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT Billions of dollars were spent on domestic surveillance capabilities that are now used to spy on political protesters. article Israel and Iran’s Nuclear Program Mohammed Tue, 21 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT The politics surrounding Iran’s nuclear enrichment program is getting absurd. article Cutting Taxes for the Rich, Gutting the Safety Net for the Needy Muqtedar Wed, 15 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT Muqtedar Khan examines VP candidate Paul Ryan&s policies and what that says about GOP&s vision of America. article Turkey must learn from Pakistan Mohammed Tue, 14 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT What is happening on Turkey’s borders with Syria today seems to be eerily similar to what was happening on Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan in the early 1980s. article Move over military: Police and counterterrorism in Pakistan Hassan Mon, 13 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT It is the domestic police force that can best root out terror networks, find and disable their financial support, and even manage de-radicalization programs in Pakistan. article Egypt&s Sinai problem won&t be solved with air strikes Fawaz A. Thu, 09 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT Mubarak exploited Sinai and left 50% of Bedouins living in poverty. The new leaders mustn&t just focus on sealing off Gaza article The Human Right to Water: Its Provision and Violation in Pakistan Sikander Thu, 09 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT ISPU Legal Fellow Sikander Shah addresses the current water crisis in Pakistan, placed among the top 17 thirstiest countries in the world. Looking at Pakistan&s state conduct, he argues why water should be categorized as a human right rather than an economic good in order to ensure adequate access and distribution to the population. policy False alarms on Islam SpearIt Thu, 09 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT There have been more congressional hearings on prison-related terrorism than actual instances of it. article My Take: Sikh temple shooting is act of terrorism Arsalan Mon, 06 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT It&s important for our greater American society to also condemn acts of terrorism when the perpetrator happens to be a white guy. article Faith, civic engagement and the 2012 US elections Altaf Wed, 01 Aug 2012 00:00:00 GMT Will American Muslims bring their faith into the voting booth? article The Political Economy of the Rising Islamists Fawaz A. Mon, 30 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT Positioning themselves as the alternative to secular authoritarian regimes, Islamists promise a clean break with a failed past and the delivery of jobs, economic stability, and transparency. policy Changing tides: Pakistan’s ‘brain drain’ in reverse Azeem Sat, 28 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT The absence of highly qualified doctors, engineers and scientists is playing havoc with the long-term economic growth of the country article Recalibrating U.S.-Pakistan Relations Haider Ali Hussein Fri, 27 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT Pakistani counterinsurgency has actually improved markedly since 2009, but absent a push to normalize U.S.-Pakistani relations by narrowing the gap between what Washington seeks from Islamabad and what is feasible, these counterinsurgency gains will reverse. article Stabilizing Pakistan through Police Reform Hassan Fri, 27 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT A report led by ISPU Fellow Hassan Abbas for the Asia Society finds that Pakistan’s efforts to combat crime and counter terrorist activities are being outpaced by the innovation and agility of criminal networks and terrorist organizations. article Spirituality in Mental Health Care: It&s Past Time to Make Room Ben Wed, 25 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT Is there a place at all for faith in an era that so privileges the brain over the mind? article Murfreesboro Mosque: On Ramadan Eve, Muslims Fight For The Right To Celebrate Ashley Thu, 19 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT As Ramadan sets in, Muslims in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, are fighting for the right to celebrate as faithful Muslims. article Written Testimony Before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Sahar Wed, 18 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT ISPU Legal Fellow Sahar Aziz was invited to testify before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission about how to address the rise in workplace religious discrimination claims. policy Ordinary Muslims Doing Extraordinary Things Engy Tue, 17 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT A look at the extraordinary volunteer work of ordinary Muslims. article Why We Need an Islamic Tartan Azeem Tue, 17 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT Current discussion of independence and the future referendum is bringing a new focus to what it means to be a Scot, and Muslim communities in Scotland are particularly sensitive to the complexities of culture, race and religion that are perceived as an integral part of Scottishness. article Any Which Way You Can Shehzad H. Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT With no clear roadmap for stability and withdrawal from Afghanistan, the much-hyped NATO summit failed to deliver much, apart from sending a strong signal to Pakistan to clean up its act. article Drones and Collateral Damage Azeem Thu, 05 Jul 2012 00:00:00 GMT Armed drones are incredibly powerful and dangerous weapons, and troubling new questions arise about the potential militarization of the police and wondering what Americans are willing to accept as collateral damage on their own soil. article The American Mosque: Behind the Controversy Kathleen E. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT An informative primer on the function and form of the mosque and the people that make up its community. policy A Muslim Brother leads Egypt, have no fear Fawaz A. Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT The ruling generals will call the shots from behind and will be the driver. In fact, it is doubtful if the ruling generals would have allowed Mursi to assume office without a deal being reached with his Islamist movement. article Language Matters: Talking About Islam and Muslims (1).pdf Mohammad Tue, 26 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT A scholarly discussion of obscure legal and theological Islamic terms to provide a resource for changing the public discourse regarding Islam. policy Power Play That’s Hard to Overcome Radwan Mon, 25 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT Is there a way that Russia can be persuaded to abandon Assad? article As army and Brotherhood tussle, Egyptians look to the US as guarantor Sahar Fri, 22 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT The US may privately favour military rule in Egypt over a Muslim Brotherhood government, but it must uphold human rights article If High Court Upholds Arizona&s SB 1070, Priests and Rabbis Could Be Prosecuted for Providing Humanitarian Aid Sahar Fri, 22 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT Arizona&s SB 1070 - and copycat laws in 15 states - not only threaten criminal prosecution, but also interfere with religious tenets to provide food and shelter to those in need. article Selective Counterterrorism Practices Threaten Social Mobility of American Muslims Sahar Fri, 15 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT Government suspicion cast on a Muslim, no matter how successful, has ruined careers and devastated families. article Power to the people: Pakistan’s mismanagement of energy Azeem Fri, 15 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT An energy crisis is causing distress and unrest in Pakistan. article A First Amendment Analysis of Anti-Sharia Initiatives Asma Thu, 14 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT An analysis of the anti-sharia initiatives and the first amendment. report Good News from Pakistan Muqtedar Wed, 13 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT Humanitarian work not only brings respite to those who benefit from it, but it also restores the faith in humanity. article Four Myths about Drone Strikes Shehzad H. Mon, 11 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT The killing of senior al-Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi means drone strikes in Pakistan have made headlines again. But there’s plenty people are getting wrong. article Don&t Panik! Islam and Europe&s &Hip Hop Wars& Hishaam Wed, 06 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT The debate over Islam and hip hop in Europe is heating up as governments wade in. article Not the first or the last massacre Fawaz A. Sun, 03 Jun 2012 00:00:00 GMT Syria&s crisis could be long and bloody. article Can Muslim Brotherhood unite Egypt? Mohammed Wed, 30 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT Egypt&s future is not the Muslim Brotherhood or the remnants of the Mubarak regime. The reality includes many more players. article The Moroccan Path to Islamism Muqtedar Fri, 25 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT An analysis of political changes under the Moroccan constitutional monarchy and the electoral success of the Islamist party. policy Sex Crimes and Political Correctness Azeem Fri, 25 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT Much has been done this year to raise the profile of child sexual exploitation as a priority concern for the UK. However, we are yet to see how this effort has translated into action. article Toward a Sustainable Peace in Afghanistan Shehzad H. Thu, 24 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT A two-part series examining the challenges to reaching a sustainable peace in Afghanistan. Part I examines the domestic challenges to national reconciliation. Part II will examine the regional context of the Afghan peace process. article To Stop Corruption, Egypt Needs a Freedom of Information Law Sahar Wed, 23 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT But for Egypt to achieve sustainable democracy, many reforms remain to be implemented, the most important of which is public access to information that permits meaningful government accountability. article Obama and the Middle East: The End of America&s Moment? Fawaz A. Tue, 22 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT The 2011 Arab Spring upended the status quo in the Middle East and poses new challenges for the United States. Here, Fawaz Gerges, one of the world’s top Middle East scholars, delivers a full picture of US relations with the region. He reaches back to the post–World War II era to explain the issues that have challenged the Obama administration and examines the president’s responses, from his negotiations with Israel and Palestine to his drawdown from Afghanistan and withdrawal from Iraq. Evaluating the president’s engagement with the Arab Spring, his decision to order the death of Osama bin Laden, his intervention in Libya, his relations with Iran, and other key policy matters, Gerges highlights what must change in order to improve US outcomes in the region. book US-Pakistan Relations: Common and Clashing Interests Shehzad H. Mon, 21 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT The lack of a broad partnership between America and Pakistan prevented the building of mutual trust or the alignment of interests. article Fawaz A. Gerges on How the Arab Spring Beat Al Qaeda Fawaz A. Sun, 13 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT In his newly released papers, Osama bin Laden recognized the gravity of the loss of Muslim opinion, though he was powerless and sidelined to halt the decline. article Divisive Presidential Politics Takes Aim at the American Muslim Community Ben Wed, 09 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT As American Muslims continue to grow and mobilize as a politically active constituency they will search for a political home. It is time that presidential candidates treat them as loyal American citizens and less like hostile foreigners. article U.S.-Pakistan Ties on the Brink Imtiaz Tue, 08 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT The relationship has seen ups and downs since the 9/11 attacks, but it has now fallen to such a low that both sides have almost given up hope of rebuilding close ties. article Saving the lost generation of Kurds Akbar Tue, 08 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT The Kurds must be given full rights and treated as equals if there is to be any hope for future generations. article Did the Pulitzer Prize miss the season of change in the Middle East? Muqtedar Wed, 02 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT Awards like the Oscars, Nobels and Pulitzers determine how we frame history. These awards do recognise merit but they are also political markers and reflect how the West wishes to understand and portray the world. article United States-Pakistan Relations: Facing a Critical Juncture Ali Report final2.pdf Imtiaz Wed, 02 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT Addressing the tumultuous relationship between the United States and Pakistan, this report will cover recent turmoil, regional dynamics, often opposed agendas of each country, and options for rebuilding the relationship. report Does Radical Feminism Advance Arab Women&s Rights? Sahar Tue, 01 May 2012 00:00:00 GMT By failing to cover the courageous efforts of the millions of women leaders who incrementally chip away at patriarchy, as opposed to bulldozing it with a sledge hammer, Western media exacerbates the underlying problem -- the objectification and infantilization of Arab and Muslim women. article The Making of a Syrian Dissident: A Personal Journey Radwan Mon, 30 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT I am confident that my difficult personal journey—from domestic political reformer to leader of a government-in-exile—will one day tell a tale of redemption. article The Many Voices of Political Islam Fawaz A. Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT How do the renascent Islamist parties of North Africa approach toleration, dissent, morality and women? article At the heart of what matters Azeem Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Scotland’s imams should not be opposing gay marriage but focusing their energies on the real threats facing young Muslims: drugs, poverty and crime. article Sahar Aziz on the Tarek Mehanna case: The Marc Steiner Show Sahar Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Sahar Aziz looks at the implications of the conviction of Tarek Mehanna. article Profiling, as in NYPD Muslim probe, does not improve security Engy Fri, 20 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Terrorists who claim to be inspired by religion are not likely to be found at mosques, nor do they exhibit devout religiosity. article Does Religion Matter? Time to End Profiling Engy Fri, 20 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT While African Americans and Latinos have long complained about racial and ethnic profiling policing tactics, religious profiling only became more visible after 9/11. article Tarek Mehanna: Punishing Muslims for free speech only helps Al Qaeda Sahar Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Tarek Mehanna’s political speech was controversial and offensive. But the prosecution did not show that he was willing to actually engage in violence. Terrorists win hearts and minds when the US government prosecutes Muslims in America with little regard for the Constitution. article Who is Watching Who and Why? Azeem Mon, 16 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Torture, arrest without trial and surveillance without cause are being justified because people are afraid and these practices are deemed to be keeping America safe from terrorism. article Paradoxes of "Religious Freedom" in Egypt Asifa Mon, 16 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT The place of religion in the political order is arguably the most contentious issue in post-Mubarak Egypt. article Can the Muslim Brotherhood survive? H.A. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT The Muslim Brotherhood (MB), until after the Egyptian revolution began in 2011, was a civil society movement. Then, the leadership had a choice: transform the movement into a political party - or not. The consequences of that decision have repercussions for the MB’s future - but also on wider Egyptian political life, and Muslim communities worldwide. article Islamic Divorce in North America: A Shari&a Path in a Secular Society Julie Tue, 10 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT Policy-makers and the public are increasingly attentive to the role of shari&a in the everyday lives of Western Muslims, with negative associations and public fears growing among their non-Muslim neighbors in the United States and Canada. The most common way North American Muslims relate to shari&a is in their observance of Muslim marriage and divorce rituals; recourse to traditional Islamic marriage and, to a lesser extent, divorce is widespread. Julie Macfarlane has conducted hundreds of interviews with Muslim couples, as well as with religious and community leaders and family conflict professionals. Her book describes how Muslim marriage and divorce processes are used in North America, and what they mean to those who embrace them as a part of their religious and cultural identity. book Assessing the Arab Spring in its second year Mohammed Fri, 06 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT The "Arab Spring" is now over one year old. In much of the popular analysis over the past year the term "Arab Spring" has become the defining characteristic of the "new" Middle East emerging from decades of authoritarian and repressive rule. article Transcending America’s faith divide to address social injustice Altaf Tue, 03 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT On the anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s death, Altaf Husain reflects on how King’s legacy has shaped Muslim Americans’ work for social justice. article Engaging American Muslims: Political Trends and Attitudes Farid Tue, 03 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT As the 2012 presidential election season moves into full swing, the American Muslim minority community has become a more important player on the political landscape, especially in key swing states. However, data on its members’ political attitudes and behaviors have been limited and scattered. This report represents the first effort to comprehensively combine and analyze a decade’s worth of research on this particular community in order to provide insights for political strategists and community organizers. It includes analyses of the data by racial and ethnic background, state of residence, education level, and other factors. report The Muslim Swing Vote Farid Tue, 03 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT The growing rhetorical invocation of Islam as a scare tactic to gain votes may work in some parts of the country, but candidates could pay dearly in critical battleground states. article Syria: Back Up Words With Action Radwan Sun, 01 Apr 2012 00:00:00 GMT How should the United Nations Security Council address the escalating violence in Syria? article Understanding the Sanusi of Cyrenaica: How to avoid a civil war in Libya Akbar Mon, 26 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Emerging from the nightmare of dictatorship, Libya has a new challenge - to fully accommodate its own people. article Homeland and the Battle Within Daniel Mon, 26 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT It is with a careful understanding of the ambiguity over the war on terrorism that Showtime&s new TV series Homeland has been met with such success. article NYPD Should Leave Muslims Alone Ivan Wed, 21 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT The timeworn excuse for bad police behavior — that if people, in this case Muslims, aren’t doing anything wrong, they shouldn’t mind the government snooping into their business — just doesn’t fly article NYPD: Whose side are you on? Erik Mon, 19 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT The New York Police Department&s discriminatory profiling of Muslim communities affects all Americans. article President Putin&s Cold War Thinking With Azerbaijan Azeem Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT The Gabala Radar Station in Azerbaijan is becoming a symbolic yet pivotal actor in the missile defense question that has preoccupied U.S. and Russian policymakers for some years. article The Afghan Curtain Falls More Rapidly Ivan Wed, 14 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT The long-overdue end to this senseless quagmire at last may be in sight. article Why Israel really advocates war on Iran Mohammed Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Is it in the interest of the United States to engage in a military adventure whose outcome will be far from certain but whose political and economic costs are likely to be immense only in order to prevent the erosion of Israel’s strategic advantage in the Middle East? article Book review: The Rise and Fall of al-Qaeda, by Fawaz A. Gerges John Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Professor John Voll reviews "The Rise and Fall of al-Qaeda" by Fawaz A. Geges article When it comes to sharia, can knowledge trump fear? Julie Tue, 13 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT If fear and hostility against Muslims can be countered by more knowledge and better data, there is hope for transforming an impoverished public discourse into one in which Muslim Americans can again feel welcomed. article Leave Afghanistan now Arsalan Mon, 12 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Although the U.S. ousted the Taliban from power and killed Osama bin Laden last year in Pakistan, it is clear that recent incidents, including the tragic killing of civilians by a U.S. soldier, are costing Americans the hearts and minds of the people of Afghanistan. article America Is a Great Country, but Its Attitude Overseas Needs Work Ivan Wed, 07 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Most Americans are oblivious to data that clearly show that the United States has been the most aggressive nation in the world during the postwar period — in fact, it was the most aggressive even during the Cold War when its arch-nemesis, the Soviet Union, was still around. article Deadly drones come to the Muslims of the Philippines Akbar Mon, 05 Mar 2012 00:00:00 GMT Washington and Manila should work with the Muslims of the Philippines to ensure full rights of identity and development. article Pakistan’s War Against “Miscreants” Sikander Tue, 28 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT It’s becoming increasingly clear that Pakistan’s sweeping legislation for the troubled border areas is too broad – and only likely to fuel the discontent it is meant to quell. article New York police can do better for Muslim students Altaf Tue, 28 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT What does it feel like to discover the New York Police Department has been monitoring you? article Using the Legacy of Muslim Women Leaders to Empower Engy Mon, 27 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Muslim women are steeped in stubborn stereotypes as meek, oppressed and in need of rescue, however re-examining the lives of the very first Muslim women who lived during Islam&s formative period as more than historical figures can create modern Islamic models to be emulated today. article Restoring harmony between Bangkok and the Malay Muslims of South Thailand Akbar Mon, 27 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Peace can only come to South Thailand if freedoms and human rights are extended to all the country&s citizens. article Stop the Reckless Spying on Muslims Haroon Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Far from "keeping the country safe," as Bloomberg stated, the NYPD is making us less safe. article 4 Myths That Led to the NYPD Attack on Muslim Civil Liberties Daniel Fri, 24 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Counterterrorism efforts must operate on sound and factual analysis of the threat posed by the Muslim community article Koran burning crisis: Haven’t we been here before? Muqtedar Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT How could this sort of callousness happen, again? article Racial profiling by law enforcement is poisoning Muslim Americans& trust Sahar Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT By using &community outreach& to spy on citizens, counter-terror agencies are wrecking their most valuable asset: good will article India and Iran: Similar experiences, converging interests Mohammed Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT India’s refusal to go along with sanctions imposed on Iran by the United States and Europe highlights New Delhi’s recognition of Iran’s importance to India over the long term. article How the Logic of Law Enforcement Leads to Spying on Muslims Haroon Tue, 21 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT All people are equal, but some are more equal than others. article A Plea For U.S. Intervention From a Syrian Activist Radwan Thu, 16 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT If the United States does successfully build a partnership with Syria’s democratic opposition right now, at its time of greatest need, it will have earned a steadfast regional ally for the long-term. article Jihadist Opportunities in Syria Kamran Wed, 15 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT In an eight-minute video clip titled "Onward, Lions of Syria" disseminated on the Internet Feb. 12, al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri expressed al Qaeda&s support for the popular unrest in Syria. article No Arab Spring for Egypt&s Bedouin Akbar Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT What is happening with the Sinai Bedouin? article Palestine, Israel, & the United States: Reframing the Dominant Narrative Brief_53_Ayoob_WEB.pdf Mohammed Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Now is the time to look at the root cause of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that has informed American policies for the past several decades. policy Towards a Peaceful Democratic Transition in Syria Brief_54_Ziadeh_WEB.pdf Radwan Tue, 14 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT As violence intensifies in Syria, several questions remain, including will President Assad step down? What is the role of the international community, and what is needed to ensure a smooth transition? Addressing these questions, Radwan Ziadeh examines the challenges faced in Syria and puts forth several recommendations to mitigate the risks to the civilian population. policy Why are we so threatened by Shariah? Julie Fri, 10 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Virginia&s House of Delegates is set to vote soon on HB825, a bill introduced by Del. Bob Marshall that seeks to restrict Virginia courts from using "foreign law" in any court ruling. The bill&s target, of course, is Shariah and has been supported by many of the same characters who helped develop similar legislation in more than 20 other states. article Soccer, Egypt, and SCAF-Sponsored Hooliganism Sahar Thu, 09 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Egypt’s soccer landscape is demarcated by entrenched allegiances that reflect citizens’ socioeconomic status or ideological position. article Solving Sudan&s Nuba crisis Akbar Mon, 06 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Extending rights to Sudan&s minority Nuba population is the only way to solve the country&s current crisis. article Pakistani Politics Gets Messier Shehzad H. Fri, 03 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Tensions between the civilian government and military have been growing. If Imran Khan is able to step in it will make life even more complicated for the U.S. article Is Europe setting up clash between Muslims and the West? Mohammed Fri, 03 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Europe and the Muslim world seem to be on a collision course that could have major political, economic and ideological ramifications. article New Rules of Engagement Could Limit Scope of U.S.-Pakistan Ties Shehzad H. Thu, 02 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Pakistan’s Parliamentary Committee on National Security, after a comprehensive review of Pakistan’s relations with the U.S., is set to release its recommendations on how to move forward. article Islam, prisons and Latinos SpearIt Thu, 02 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT In the polemic, some see the relationship between Latinos and extremism as tenuous at best, serving only to foment fear and new layers of anti-Latino sentiment amidst increasingly fierce beliefs about immigration. From this view, being branded "Muslim" is yet another way of marginalizing Latinos. article Speaking with Palestinian-American Republican Who Confronted GOP at Debate Haroon Wed, 01 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Half the fight against bigotry, to paraphrase Woody Allen, might just be in showing up. When Abraham Hassan stood up at Thursday night’s CNN debate, he introduced himself as a Palestinian-American and a Republican. article Speaking with Palestinian-American Republican Who Confronted GOP at Debate Haroon Wed, 01 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT Half the fight against bigotry, to paraphrase Woody Allen, might just be in showing up. When Abraham Hassan stood up at Thursday night’s CNN debate, he introduced himself as a Palestinian-American and a Republican. article Muslims in America 2012 - Who Will They Vote For? Azeem Wed, 01 Feb 2012 00:00:00 GMT With Ron Paul not considered a viable presidential candidate for the Republic party, Muslim voters, as they were in the last election, don&t seem to be spoilt for choice. article Overcoming Islamophobia in US elections Muqtedar Tue, 31 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT Islam has become an important part of American discourse leading up to the 2012 federal elections and candidates everywhere appear eager to take a position on Islam for political gain. article Shari’a Law: Coming to a Courthouse Near You?: What Shari’a Really Means to American Muslims Report_Marriage I_Macfarlane_WEB.pdf Julie Mon, 30 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT This is the first empirical study to ask North American Muslims what shari’a means to them in their everyday lives. report Pakistan – Evolution or Revolution? Azeem Fri, 27 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT Events have been moving fast in Pakistan in the last few months. Yet while the country’s longest lasting democratic government has been widely reported as being on the brink of a coup, rumors of its death have been premature. article Are Europe&s Muslims America&s Problem? Hishaam Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT Scapegoating and race-baiting during a US electoral season are not new; but the irony is that the negative rhetoric surrounding race, Islam and Europe is rising. article India: Where Cultural Heritage is a Fundamental Right Muqtedar Thu, 26 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT India, the biggest democracy, and U.S., the oldest democracy, are rapidly becoming close allies. It is possible that a global showdown with China may eventually cement a very special relationship between them. article Egyptians remain resilient as revolution founders in uncertainty H.A. Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT Egyptians are skeptical about the completion of their revolution but they refuse to be crushed article Why We Must Learn America&s Islamic History Engy Wed, 25 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT American Muslims are an inextricable part of early American history even before our nation&s founding -- an apt reminder to all those who use religion to sow hatred and division among us. article Malaysian ruling offers hope of change Azeem Tue, 24 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT Though his innocence was never in question, the acquittal in the Anwar Ibrahim trial came as a surprise to those of us who have been closely following events in Malaysia. article Miliband criticism shows how cosmetic we have become Azeem Mon, 23 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT The media are spending an inordinate amount of time these days talking about Ed Miliband, leader of the opposition, a position of power and prestige and enormous importance to the preservation of the parliamentary system and democracy as we practice it. The trouble is they seem to be obsessed with his clothes, his hairstyle and his smile. article The Importance of Muslim Women in Counter-terrorism Sahar Fri, 20 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT It is time for Muslim mothers to do for government entrapment what mothers in the 1980s did for drunk driving. Step in and prevent your sons from becoming another statistic. article Afghanistan 2012: the Beginning of the End Game Brief_52_Ibrahim_WEB.pdf Azeem Thu, 19 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT After ten years and $460 billion invested in Afghanistan, is it time to end this war? policy Is Pakistan heading for disaster in Balochistan? Akbar Sun, 15 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT Pakistan must end its policy of killings and kidnappings of Baloch people and recognize the importance of the region. article Can Turkey avert Mideast disaster? by Mohammed Ayoob Mohammed Wed, 11 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT Turkey&s peripatetic Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu spent last Thursday in Tehran in negotiations with leading Iranian officials. Davutoglu&s visit comes at a very critical juncture in U.S.-Iran relations, as saber-rattling dangerously escalates over the United States& ever-more stringent sanctions and Iran&s threat to close the Strait of Hormuz. article Turkey’s Balancing Act Mohammed Mon, 09 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT Turkey is engaged in an intricate effort to preserve its old relationship with the West while building new ties with its Muslim neighbors. Turkey’s leaders understand that the country can best preserve and enhance its leverage with both sides by maintaining good relations with each. article Understanding Trends in American Muslim Divorce and Marriage: A Discussion Guide for Families and Communities Report_Marriage II_Macfarlane_WEB.pdf Julie Thu, 05 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT The objective of the study is to provide resources to the community for dealing with divorce on the community and family level. Author Julie Macfarlane addresses the shortcomings of the community and what support and services counselors and community leaders can provide in times of marital crisis. report The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda: Debunking the Terrorism Narrative Fawaz A. Tue, 03 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT The popular uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Bahrain have not only shaken the foundation of the authoritarian order in the Middle East, but they have also hammered a deadly nail in the coffin of a terrorism narrative which has painted Al-Qaeda as the West&s greatest threat. At least, they should have. article Liberty or Security -- Why Can&t We Have Both? Azeem Tue, 03 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT It is deeply disturbing to think back over successive World Wars which were fought so tragically and with such great loss of life in the name of freedom, the same freedom that is being treated in so cavalier a fashion now. article We Need a Higher Education System Fit for a Great Nation Azeem Mon, 02 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT The more money is spent on a country&s universities, the better they become.Today, after the crisis and after the debt, Britain cannot expect to get enough money for world-class universities from the taxpayer alone. article Imran faces his greatest test Akbar Mon, 02 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT If Imran Khan does get to lead Pakistan, he will face his greatest challenge ever. article Ed Miliband&s Cerebral Leadership Azeem Sun, 01 Jan 2012 00:00:00 GMT By calling for "fairness in difficult times" and agreeing to some cuts in public services, Ed Miliband has disappointed the more radical elements of his party who would welcome more revolutionary policies. article Introduction to Islam in the 21st Century Aminah Thu, 29 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT "An Introduction to Islam in the 21st Century" engages readers in an investigation of Islam that examines its lived reality, its global presence and its varied beliefs and practices. It is consciously global in perspective, and seeks to capture the diversity of Islam as it manifests in different regions book A Few Good Muslim Men -- Honoring Those Who Honor Women Engy Wed, 28 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT In news stories, popular entertainment media and even video games, the image of the violent, misogynistic or abusive Muslim man is present time and again. article Only Iran Can Save Iraq Mohammed Wed, 28 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT Iraq is on the edge of the precipice as a consequence of the standoff between Shia Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Sunni Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi, with the former accusing the latter of engaging in terrorism and the latter accusing the former of dictatorial ambitions. article How Obama Can Fix U.S.-Pakistani Relations Hassan Wed, 21 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT Helping Islamabad Through The Democratic Transition article The Contradictions of Obama&s Outreach to American Muslims Sahar Tue, 20 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT If the government is serious about partnering with Muslim communities, it must stop behaving like an adversary. article The Lowe&s Controversy and the Success of Religious Pluralists Daniel Mon, 19 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT When Lowe&s Home Improvement decided to pull its ads from TLC&s new reality show "All American Muslim," they sparked a national crisis over Islamophobia in America. But crisis is the wrong word. I prefer opportunity. article Can the world live with a near-nuclear Iran? Mohammed Wed, 14 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT Iran will inevitably acquire nuclear weapons capability, says Mohammed Ayoob. Will the U.S. be ready to engage Iran with diplomacy? article Democracy is First Victim in Battle for Euro Azeem Wed, 14 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT With austerity the watchword in every capital of Europe, technocrats are replacing elected politicians in a bid to the solve the crisis, writes Azeem Ibrahim article History lessons from Karbala Hassan Mon, 12 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT On every Ashura, the 10th day of the Muslim calendar month of Muharram (which fell on December 6 this year), many Muslims all across the world commemorate Hussain&s great sacrifice, but tragically the central message of Karbala appears to evade the broader Muslim thinking today. article My Take: Is ‘All-American Muslim’ begetting all-American bigotry? Arsalan Mon, 12 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT The hardware and building supply chain Lowe’s has pulled its TV commercials from future episodes of TLC’s new reality show “All-American Muslim” after a letter-writing campaign by the Florida Family Association, a Christian group. article A Dangerous New McCarthy? Azeem Wed, 07 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT The Congressional hearings orchestrated by Rep. Peter King on the “radicalization” of Muslim Americans are misguided and dangerous. article The Fate of Dictators -- Justice and Revenge Azeem Sat, 03 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT Now that Syria has been declared by the United Nations to be in a state of civil war, President Assad must be reflecting on the fate of leaders in the Middle East who have been overthrown recently. article The Islamists vs. The Markets: Egypt’s Election Analyzed Haroon Thu, 01 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT “Religion had little to do with the upheavals in Tunisia and Egypt.” But to anyone paying attention to the Arab Spring, that might seem an absurd conclusion. After all, it is religious parties that seem to be doing very well for themselves. article Azerbaijan&s Innovative Solution to Global Unemployed Muslim Youth Azeem Thu, 01 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT The oil- and gas-rich country of Azerbaijan is of great significance to Europe&s need for a strategic alternative to its oil dependency on the Middle East. article Little help for the persecuted Rohingya of Burma Akbar Thu, 01 Dec 2011 00:00:00 GMT The "forgotten Rohingya", whom the BBC calls "one of the world&s most persecuted minority groups", are the little-publicised Muslim people historically located in the coastal Arakan state of western Burma, dating their ethnic lineage in this region over centuries. article The Folly of Drone Strikes Sikander Wed, 30 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Tackling Talibanization requires a multi-faceted approach that mandates addressing the root causes of radicalism and militarism. This approach should center on the peaceful resolution of all disputes, the fostering of nation-building through political dialogue and compromise, the strengthening of democracy, and the supremacy of the rule of law. article Adverse Human Rights and Other Consequences of the Anti-Sharia Ban Engy Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Today, more than 24 states have seen proposed laws that impose blanket prohibitions on consideration or use by courts or arbitral tribunals of an entire body of law or doctrine of a particular religion. article The irresistible rise of the Muslim Brothers Fawaz A. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT For years, the west has feared the Muslim Brotherhood succeeding to the highest levels of Egyptian political power. With Islamists poised to win the lion’s share of seats in Egypt’s election, is the nightmare about to become reality? article Moroccan Elections: A Barometer of Reform? Muqtedar Sun, 27 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Most critics of the Islamists in the West fear Islamist parties without recognizing that they are political parties and their trajectory of development and evolution, once electoral politics are institutionalized, will follow that of most other parties in the region. article Rule Of Law, Not Rule By Law for Egypt Sahar Sat, 26 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Despite the international community pouring millions of dollars into Egypt, not enough of it is going towards supporting Egyptian lawyers, democracy activists, and academics seeking to implement legal reforms that allow the people to hold their government accountable. This paves the way for combating public corruption, promoting equal rights for minorities and women, and defending human rights. article N.Y. bomb plot: What radicalizes some converts to Islam? Akbar Mon, 21 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT The case of Jose Pimentel, an “al-Qaida sympathizer” accused of plotting a bomb attack in New York, has once again focused our attention on why converts to Islam appear to be so fascinated by violent jihad. Is there something in the act of conversion that transforms normal citizens into messengers of death? article The Many Shades of Islamists Farid Mon, 21 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Islamist movements seeking power via democracy will behave differently based on the country&s historic experiences with Islamism and secularism. What this means is that democratization in each country will lead to a particular hue along the political shades of Islamist movements. article British Muslims: active players in UK counterterrorism efforts Azeem Tue, 15 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Instead of winning hearts and minds, some government initiatives have led to a significant growth in surveillance of Muslim communities. article Across the Atlantic: Islam, Europe, and the Repercussions of the Attacks Brief_51_Hellyer_WEB.pdf H.A. Mon, 14 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT A decade after 9/11 it is time to evaluate the repercussions not only in the United States but also the ramifications within Europe. policy Are unpaid interns just exploited labour? Azeem Sun, 13 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Normally unpaid opportunities in professions such as the law, medicine and banking, internships are starting to be recognised as an issue that needs government attention. article Turkey&s Kurdish conundrum Mohammed Wed, 09 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT In the context of this upbeat picture, which has turned Turkey into a model for Arab democrats next door, the festering Kurdish issue has gained greater saliency both because of increased acts of terrorism by the PKK and, more importantly, because it strikes a highly discordant note in an otherwise bright scenario. article Inskeep&s excellent book-length profile of Karachi, the key to Pakistan: A review Ahmed Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT In the excellent Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi, Steve Inskeep sidesteps the machinations of Pakistan&s national politics, the grinding geopolitical competition in Afghanistan, and the apocalyptic scenarios of terrorists seizing nuclear weapons, and focuses instead on scrupulously narrating the everyday stories of the beleaguered citizens who inhabit Pakistan&s most important city. article Hajj Diaries: The Multiple Dimensions of Muslim Pilgrimage Zahra Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT One week after the rising of the new moon in the lunar month of Dhu&l Hijja, the last month of the Muslim calendar, more than three million pilgrims travel to the western Arabian city of Mecca. article Bailout for political parties is the price of democracy Azeem Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT The financing of politics determines a country&s ability to control corruption and to maintain free and fair elections in the name of effective and democratic governance. article Is Charisma Enough to Save Pakistan? Azeem Tue, 08 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT The increasing popularity of Imran Khan makes him look like a serious contender for the leadership of Pakistan in the next national election in 2013. A recent rally in Lahore drew twice the expected crowd and a Pew Research Center poll in June found him to be the most popular political figure in the country. article Khan Goes to China -- Unusual Invitation for Man Who Has Never Been in Government Azeem Fri, 04 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Pakistan&s emerging frontrunner in the next elections, Imran Khan, has displayed in a remarkable first, his consummate skill as a rising statesman as well as politician. His recent visit to China at the invitation of the Chinese Communist Party is highly unusual for a man who has not been in government since his party was founded in 1996. article Greek Tragedy -- The Next Act Azeem Fri, 04 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Whether Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou, is still leading his country next week or not, someone has to stop Greece from sliding into default and further calamity. article Analysis: Getting and spending - the UK economy today Azeem Thu, 03 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT The British economy has ground to a standstill and the government seems powerless to create a meaningful recovery. article Muslims and Catholics vs. Banzhaf Asma Wed, 02 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT There are those who would learn that Catholic University of America, a private, Catholic institution, has doubled its Muslim student enrollment in just four years, and think happy thoughts about interfaith cooperation and growing religious harmony. Then there are those who see potential lawsuits, dollar signs, and fame. article Time to Address Violence Against Muslim Women Sahar Wed, 02 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT Immediately after 9/11, anti-Muslim prejudice was manifested most prominently as racial profiling, with Muslim men being the primary targets. The failure to effectively combat it has emboldened bigots into more open expressions of hatred directed at those regarded as most vulnerable: women. article Cutting education is cutting the future Azeem Tue, 01 Nov 2011 00:00:00 GMT The recent news that education budget cuts in the UK will be the deepest since the 1950s raises alarms at many levels. article Muslims and Government: Contrasting America and Britain Azeem Fri, 28 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT It is an unfortunate truth that in the post 9/11 era, Muslims in the U.S. have been seen as a political liability. article American Muslims Wage Grassroots Campaigns Against Islamophobia Network Daniel Fri, 28 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT In light of the recent report by the Center for American Progress, "Fear Incorporated: The Roots of the Islamophobia Network in America," which exposed the $42.6 million industry that fuels the Islamophobia infrastructure in America, American Muslims have begun to challenge this grassroots movement by waging their own counter-grassroots movement. article The Sharia Spring: Media Gets it Backwards Haroon Tue, 25 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT Democracy is part of the Islamic tradition, converging with core Islamic values of consultation, humility, a strong interest in social justice, and the sacredness of human life, property, and intellect. article No Sex on Campus? Asma Tue, 25 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT These women of faith are increasingly allied in searching for a different way to live out their college tenure than from dorm room to dorm room. And they are finding that despite theological differences that run deep, shared perspectives about modesty, chastity, and dignity run deeper. article Islamophobic Bullying in Our Schools Engy Mon, 24 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT Some mistakenly believe that bullying is a rite of passage which children must endure. It is worth noting the American Medical Association, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identify school bullying as a "public health problem." article View of the Arab Spring Through a French Window Muqtedar Fri, 21 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT As history unfolds itself across the Arab World, observers of the region are compelled to take a more closer and nuanced view of the events, since it is apparent that the complexity of change is confounding both advocates and cynics. article Qaddafi Dies; Should it Matter How? Haroon Thu, 20 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT It is his fault. When his people rose up, he turned his armies on them; when they fought back, he slaughtered them. He laid siege to Benghazi, and promised a massacre. He was the one who seized power, who oppressed, repressed, tortured, humiliated, and offended. And yet. article American Muslim Sister-Wives? Polygamy in the American Muslim Community Engy Mon, 17 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT According to liberal interpretations, polygamy is a pre-Islamic practice and Islamic Law attempted to limit it by restricting the number of wives permitted. Polygamy was not only practiced without restriction by the pagan Arabs who inhabited the Arabian peninsula at the time, but also by adherents in other faith communities as well. In fact, polygamy continues to be practiced in other faith communities today and has inspired shows like "Big Love" on HBO. article Occupying Wall Street: An Inevitable Consequence of Uncontrolled Deregulation Azeem Tue, 11 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT article The Assassination of Al-Awlaki, American Citizen and al Qaeda Martyr Azeem Thu, 06 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT This may be the first time the United States government has targeted one of its own citizens after placing him on the enemy combatant kill or capture list, without satisfactorily explaining why he was not entitled to arrest, a fair trial or constitutional "due process of law" like other U.S. citizens. article Ten Years Later, Young Adult American Muslims Learning to Cope Ben Tue, 04 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT For today’s young adult American Muslims – the vast majority of whom were born and raised in the United States – the emotional toll of 9/11 and its aftermath has been especially distressing and complex. article De-radicalizing The Pakistani Taliban Shehzad H. Tue, 04 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT Long after the U.S. war in Afghanistan is over another more dangerous war will continue within Pakistan. Throes of militants belonging to various local and international jihadi organizations, most of them al Qaeda affiliates, will continue to operate inside Pakistan. Putting captured militants through systemized de-radicalization and rehabilitation programs is a necessary tactic in the counterinsurgency in Pakistan. article The Legality of U.S. Drone Attacks in Pakistan Brief_50_Shah_WEB.pdf Sikander Tue, 04 Oct 2011 00:00:00 GMT ISPU Legal Fellow Sikander Shah delves into the current debate surrounding the legality of U.S. drone attacks as self-defense. policy Corruption - Pakistan&s Past and Future Challenges Azeem Thu, 29 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT Corruption in Pakistan is widespread and growing. In the latest Corruption Perception Index, the country is ranked the 34th most corrupt country in the world, up from 42nd last year. article Do Muslims Really Care About Somalia? Akbar Mon, 26 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT A young, rail-thin, and gaunt Somali woman, cradling her starving child in her arms, looks straight into the camera. Her eyes are dead; she has seen too much suffering. "Where are the Muslim countries?" she asks. "We are dying." article What Does Democracy Look Like? Azeem Thu, 22 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT As we approach the end of this momentous year, we may well ask what democracy looks like now, after all the early promise of the so-called Arab Spring. What is being gained by all those hundreds of thousands of people massing in the streets and squares with their banners and their high hopes for change? article The Next Muslim World Haroon Thu, 22 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT The Muslim world needs to begin imagining better futures for its peoples and by its peoples, ending once and for all the frustration and isolation that has marked its societies and kept them from helping one another. article Global Battleground or School Playground: The Bullying of America&s Muslim Children Pia Wed, 21 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT Bullying, in school aged children, is on the rise. Typically, victims are singled out by physical appearance, ability level, and popularity. However, lesser known and equally strong is ethnic and religious discrimination among school children. policy What&s Pork Got To Do With It? Engy Wed, 21 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT The fact that the perpetrators chose ham as their projectile of hate struck me as somewhat peculiar. There is nothing inherently offensive about pork; practicing Muslims merely refrain from eating it. article The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda Fawaz A. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT In The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda, Fawaz A. Gerges, a leading authority on radical ideologies and Muslim extremism, argues that the Western powers have become mired in a "terrorism narrative" stemming from the mistaken belief that America is in danger of a devastating attack by a crippled book Turkey&s stance on Israel will reverberate in Washington Mohammed Thu, 15 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT The Middle East will never be the same. America must recognize Turkey&s emergence as the region&s pre-eminent power article Malleable Stereotypes: How Media is Improving the Image of American Muslims BriefTutt_WEB.pdf Daniel Wed, 14 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT Stereotypical images of Muslims seen in the media are more to blame for the formation of negative perceptions than rhetoric policy Lessons from the Last Caliphate Haroon Fri, 09 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT Through history, only so many countries and empires leave their mark. Of course, the United States is one of them, for our influence on the world, our wealth and our reach, ranks us alongside the greatest powers: Rome, Britain, the Ottomans. It’s that latter power which our national listlessness has me thinking about. article “Who Was Muhammad, Was He Violent?”: Teaching Islam Ten Years after 9/11 Abbas Fri, 09 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT As millions of college students around the country begin the start of another school year most will encounter events, programming, and curriculum built around the tenth year anniversary of 9/11. article 5 Myths About American Muslims 10 Years After 9/11 Engy Fri, 09 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT While 9/11 thrust the American Muslim community into the center of public attention nearly a decade ago, misinformation regarding this group persists against an alarming back-drop of rising Islamophobia. article The Complexity Of Muslim Identity, 10 Years After 9/11 Asma Fri, 09 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, Muslims and non-Muslims alike are reflecting on what we, as Americans, have achieved since that fateful day -- and all that is still left for us to do. article Countering Religion or Terrorism: Selective Enforcement of Material Support Laws Against Muslim Charities Brief47AzizWEB.pdf Sahar Thu, 08 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT Fellow Sahar Aziz emphasizes the transformation of counterterrorism laws that have disproportionately targeted Muslim charities and the religious and social activities of regular American Muslims. policy Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in a Post-Osama Era Arsalan Thu, 08 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT With the tragic rise of extremism and global racism around the world today, the sociopolitical philosophy of "Islamic Pacifism" is a humanitarian ethical platform rooted within the general concepts of nonviolence and basic Muslim ethical teachings of mercy and compassion towards all of humanity. book Imagining Fear and Anxiety in Post-9/11 New York Haroon Mon, 05 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT Many, like our president, who defended the right of Muslims to worship anywhere they wanted still weren’t quite sure Muslims should be allowed to worship so publicly and noticeably near Ground Zero. And since New York City is home to the largest Muslim population in America (probably well over 600,000, or close to ten percent of the city), a number of uncomfortable questions came to the surface. article The Grand (Hip-Hop) Chessboard: Race, Rap and Raison d&Etat Hishaam Fri, 02 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT It is too soon to tell if the revolts will usher in a new era in relations between the US and the Arab world, or between Europe and North Africa. Hopes that the Libya intervention presaged a realignment of US power away from the oppressor to the oppressed are increasingly giving way to the resigned realization that the 2011 tumult may very well produce a softer, but still compliant authoritarianism. article Counseling Muslims: Handbook of Mental Health Issues and Interventions Mona M Thu, 01 Sep 2011 00:00:00 GMT The issues and interventions discussed in this book, by authoritative contributors, are diverse and multifaceted. Topics that have been ignored in previous literature are introduced, such as sex therapy, substance abuse counseling, university counseling, and community-based prevention. book Charitable Giving Among Muslim Americans: Ten Years After 9/11 Brief_Jamal_WEB.pdf Zahra Wed, 31 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT On the eve of the tenth anniversary of 9/11 this paper covers Muslim American giving practices to gauge the context, key issues, implications, and recommendations of how to move forward in ways that uphold national security, protect civil liberties, and provide an inclusive understanding of what it means to be an American. policy Uncommon alliances: Muslim and Jew, left and right Azeem Tue, 30 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT The arguments for and against ritual slaughter are passionate, subjective and liable to misinterpretation, and provide a potent mixture for populist politicians to exploit when national economies are in trouble and unemployment is rife. article Separating myth and reality of migration Azeem Sat, 27 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT There is ample proof that immigration benefits the host economy, and it is mostly a myth that immigrants take jobs from locals. article &Arab Spring& becoming the Arab Year? Arsalan Thu, 25 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT In what has come to be universally known as the "Arab Spring," in less than a year three major countries in North Africa have effectively ended nearly 100 combined years of dictatorial rule under despots named Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, Hosni Mubarak and Moammar Gadhafi. article A New War on Terror? Azeem Thu, 25 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT Sunday 21 August was declared a national day of mourning in Norway as the country still tried to come to terms with how one of their own could commit such heinous crimes. article Nazish Noorani, Domestic Abuse And American Muslims Engy Tue, 23 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT After completing a Ramadan meal with family, Nazish was walking with her husband and pushing her three-year-old son in a stroller when her attacker allegedly shot her near the heart, killing her instantly. article Muslim Americans most tolerant in United States Muqtedar Tue, 23 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT Media personalities and political entrepreneurs suggest that life for Muslims in America must be tough.But on the contrary, large sample surveys and in-depth studies conducted recently provide a more complex and optimistic picture about Muslim American reality, especially when it comes to three of the most talked-about issues: radicalisation, American Muslims’ perceptions of the United States and religious tolerance. article Life After Death: Al-Qaeda and the Terrorism Narrative Brief45GergesWEB.pdf Fawaz A. Mon, 22 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT In light of bin Laden&s killing and the surprise of the Arab Spring, U.S. perceptions of the Middle East and its foreign policy must be reanalyzed. policy Obama and the Arab Spring Farid Sun, 21 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT The Arab Spring remains a historic opportunity for the United States to support Arab protesters clamoring for justice, freedom and dignity. As Obama himself pointed out, this is a moment for a new chapter in U.S. relations with the Middle East because the status quo is not sustainable. article What&s Behind the Egyptian Military&s Attacks on Civil Society? Sahar Thu, 18 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT It is up to the Egyptian people to choose who should lead them and they deserve to have diverse and meaningful choices. Cowing to the military&s threats makes that possibility less likely. article Stalemate reflects a lack of foresight Azeem Tue, 16 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT The UK is trying to find a way to divert oil revenue, but Colonel Gaddafi still has hundreds of millions of dollars with which to fund his war article Don’t Cut Civilian Aid to Pakistan Ahmed Mon, 15 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT As the Republican-controlled House advances its legislative agenda, U.S. civilian assistance to Pakistan looks likely to be one of the early casualties. In addition to new conditions on assistance to Pakistan, approved by two House panels, White House officials expect that the overall aid package is likely to shrink as well . But before lawmakers cut aid to Islamabad, they should consider the role it plays in realizing long-term U.S. interests. article An Extended Profile of the Pakistani Taliban Policy Brief Extended Profile of Pakistani Taliban.pdf Shehzad H. Mon, 15 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT In a rare look at the decentralized structural organization of the group, particularly the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), the brief discloses the group’s operations, tactics and strategies. policy Turkey&s Syria Conundrum Azeem Mon, 15 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT Turkey&s secular democracy is increasingly establishing itself as a fulcrum for East-West relations, notably as a bridge to Iran and Syria. article The Dark Underbelly of Immigration Azeem Thu, 11 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT Immigration is an issue of frequent debate in the news but its dark underbelly -- the trafficking of people -- receives far less attention. article Progress? Discrimination? Or Simply a Stunning Controversy? Azeem Tue, 09 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT The recent banning of religious ritual animal slaughter by the Netherlands parliament has provoked another outcry by Jews and Muslims alike. The Dutch cabinet said on June 27, 2011, that the bill may be unenforceable in its current form due to the ambiguity of a last-minute amendment that says religious slaughter houses may be exempt if they can "prove" that it does not cause the animal more pain than stunning. The legislation still has to pass the Senate which will not happen until after the summer recess. article A Ramadan Prayer Engy Thu, 04 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT Amid record rates of unemployment, mounting foreclosures and scorching heat this summer, Muslims in America (and around the globe) have begun fasting the month of Ramadan. They do so to feel the plight of the poor and needy, cultivate discipline and patience and rejuvenate spiritually. article Jihad Chai Latte Haroon Tue, 02 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT By labeling the Tea Party&s agenda a "jihad," Joe Nocera has undone years of effort of so many Muslims, so many fair-minded observers, experts, thinkers and leaders, who rarely get the kind of platform that Nocera enjoys, and who would never have access to it consistently. article Islamist Terrorism and the Prevent Strategy Azeem Mon, 01 Aug 2011 00:00:00 GMT The recent publication of a report by the now combined Henry Jackson Society and the Center for Social Cohesion is another opportunity for the media to raise new fears about "Islamic fanatics" being released early from prison. article Breivik Sought to Create ‘Mirror Universe’ of EU Haroon Thu, 28 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT There’s a big difference between what happened and what people think happened. Sometimes it matters less what happened, and more what people think did. After all, if we turned to the political right for history lessons, we might think slavery was good for families. But if we examine what people think happened, we can sometimes find something enlightening: How race and racism changes. article The Role of Men in Religious Terrorism Asma Thu, 28 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT Since the capture of Anders Behring Breivik, the Oslo terrorist and murderer, at least two critical issues have emerged. The first is his sanity, or lack thereof. The second is that Breivik&s assaults may have been ideologically motivated. According to Breivik&s logic, the murder of 76 people was necessary to challenge the Muslim takeover of the West. It was also an act directed at some of the people who, in his mind, were making the conquest possible: liberals or, more specifically, the Labor Party. article Altaf Husain: Rep. King must realize Somali Americans are allies Altaf Wed, 27 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT Muslim Americans shouldn&t object to Rep. Peter King&s congressional hearing, "Al Shabaab: Recruitment and Radicalization within the Muslim American Community and the Threat to the Homeland," which is investigating the radical organization Al Shabaab. But King&s announcement of the proceedings indicates he will make the case that the Somali-Americans have not been cooperative with law enforcement investigations. In fact, the Somali-American community has been a law enforcement ally in countering Al Shabaab. article Daniel Tutt: What Would Nietzsche Say About Europe&s Islam Crisis? Daniel Tue, 26 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT Europe is undergoing an identity crisis and Islam has been put at the center of it. The recent terrorist attacks in Norway by a deranged man who harbored anti-Muslim sentiments and sympathized with far right wing anti-immigrant political ideologies has brought this crisis once again to the surface. article America on brink of societal meltdown Azeem Tue, 26 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT The US may face financial disaster, but if the Senate blocks the raising of its debt ceiling, the social costs will become unbearable. article Understanding Sharia in an American Context handout.pdf Asifa Tue, 26 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT Sharia literally means “way” or “street.” As an Islamic concept, it means “God’s Way” or “God’s Law” – the divine way that God exhorts everyone to live. The details of that behavior are in scriptural sources (the Quran and documented Prophetic Tradition). The legal rules that a derived from those sources (through the process of ijtihad – legal interpretation) is called “fiqh” (literally, “understanding”). policy Killing for Religion, Not God Haroon Mon, 25 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT First, as fellow Religion Dispatches blogger Julie Ingersoll has pointed out, Breivik’s more interested in Christianity as pan-European culture than as piety. Violent Islamic extremists don’t find traditional religion compelling either; in fact, the more religiously rooted you are in Islam, the less likely you are to even sympathize with violent rhetoric, let alone engage in violent action. article Azeem Ibrahim: Christine Lagarde was the Wrong Choice Azeem Sun, 17 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT The new IMF chief, Christine Lagarde, started work this week as what The Economist called “chief firefighter.” The Greek debt crisis will surely be on top of her agenda as she continues the bailout policies established by her predecessor. article Turkey and Egypt: Islam&s Future? Haroon Wed, 13 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT The democratic structure solidifying in Turkey right now, and just emerging in Egypt will have a deep impact on Islamic reformism across the region; if Egyptian democracy takes hold, it will help elbow out the Islamist movements we’re used to hearing about far more quickly than we’re ready to imagine. article 2011 and the Future of Humanitarian Interventions Shehzad H. Mon, 11 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT The topic of international humanitarian military interventions has occupied increasing attention in the discussions on international security over the past two decades. article Palestine, Israel, and the United States: Reframing the dominant narrative Mohammed Mon, 11 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT It is time that this Palestinian narrative is given equal weight with the Israeli narrative in the American consciousness, especially the consciousness of American policy makers engaged in finding a resolution to the Israel-Palestine conflict and in protecting and enhancing American interests in the Arab world and in the greater Middle East. article Saving Greece or Saving the Euro? Azeem Mon, 11 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT The EU&s bailout is simply postponing the inevitable. Greece is about 300 billion Euros in debt, with a jobless rate of 16% (42.5% for youth) and its budget deficit is more than four times the Eurozone limit at 13.6% of GDP. article Counterterrorism is no substitute for community building H.A. Fri, 08 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT The year 2011 will probably go down in the history of counterterrorism strategy as a watershed. In January, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali of Tunisia fell not due to an Islamist terrorist overthrow, but to a popular, non-violent revolution. The same goes for Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, who exited the political scene in February. article The Question of Muslim Women&s Rights Engy Fri, 08 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT article Traditional Healing Practices Among American Muslims: Perceptions of Community Leaders in Southeast Michigan Aasim Fri, 08 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT Despite growing numbers of American Muslims, little empirical work exists on their use of traditional healing practices. We explored the types of traditional healing practices used by American Muslims in southeast Michigan. Twelve semi-structured interviews with American Muslim community leaders identified through a community-academic steering committee were conducted. Using a framework coding structure, a multidisciplinary investigative team identified themes describing traditional healing practices. Traditional healing practices can be categorized into three domains: Islamic religious text based practices, Islamic worship practices, and folk healing practices. Each domain may further contain therapies such as spiritual healing, medicinal herbs, mind body therapy, and dietary prescriptions. Traditional healing practices are utilized in three capacities of care: primary, secondary, and integrative. Our findings demonstrate that American Muslims actively utilize traditional healing practices. Healthcare practitioners caring for this population should be aware of the potential influence of these practices on health behaviors. article Pursuant to Prevent: British Community Counterterrorism Strategy; Past, Present, and Future Report_British_Hellyer_WEB.pdf H.A. Thu, 07 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT ISPU Fellow H.A. Hellyer covers the latest review of the UK&s &Prevent& counterterrorism strategy, established in 2006 to prevent indigenous Muslims from embracing violent extremism, essentially through community engagement. report Citizens, Not Subjects: Debunking the Sectarian Narrative of Bahrain&s Pro-Democracy Movement Report_Bahrain_Aziz_Musalem_WEB.pdf Abdullah Wed, 06 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT Strikingly absent from the discourse about Bahrain’s ongoing pro-democracy movement are the non-sectarian grounds upon which the calls for democracy are based. A closer look at the recent demonstrations indicates that the movement’s impetus is the Bahrainis’ desire for universal social, economic, and political rights irrespective of religious sect. report Déjà vu in Tahrir H.A. Tue, 05 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT article Neuroscience and the Changing Media Stereotypes of Muslims Daniel Mon, 04 Jul 2011 00:00:00 GMT article Islamists and the Problem of Double Discourse Muqtedar Thu, 30 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT I was in Tunis last week participating in a conference that brought together the main political viewpoints now competing for ascendancy in Tunisia. Several American scholars who study transitions to democracy or Islam and politics were also there. article What Iran Must Learn from Turkey Mohammed Wed, 29 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT Over the past decade Turkey has charted out a path that combines the essential attributes of a secular state and democratic governance with deeply held Islamic values, without falling into the false dichotomy of having to choose one over the other. article Radical Islam in Prison: Made in the USA SpearIt Tue, 21 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT The conversation about prisoner radicalization must move beyond the alarmist position and turn attention to domestic problems, including "Prislam." article Britain&s New Counter-Terrorism Policy and Its Drawbacks H.A. Tue, 14 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT It was argued by a number of commentators that there were two issues that the Prime Minister (David Cameron of the Conservative Party) and the Deputy Prime Minister (Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats) had to agree to disagree on in their coalition government in the UK. article Muslim Women Speak for Themselves Asma Tue, 14 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT We all have important causes to which we are innately drawn. My cause has always been twofold: women’s equality and Islam. article Religious Authority, Islam and Revolution H.A. Sun, 12 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT Academia is a good analogy to keep in mind for discussing religious authority in Islam because it is sometimes scholars who operate solely in academic institutions that have just as much (if not more) authority than those scholars who are appointed to religious authority positions within the state. article Meeting the Healthcare Needs of American Muslims Padela_final.pdf Aasim Wed, 08 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT The Islamic values and cultural practices of American Muslims can play a role in community health disparities by influencing health behaviors and healthcare-seeking patterns and presenting challenges within the healthcare system. report Video: ISPU Bioethics Conference Dr. Aasim Padela Aasim Wed, 08 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT Dr. Aasim Padela presents at the ISPU Bioethics Conference article Misplaced Fears About the Coming Turkish Election Mohammed Tue, 07 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT Leading Western publications, such as the Economist and the New York Times, have been recently editorializing in a sensational vein that the return to power of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) with an enhanced majority could be the beginning of the end of the Turkish democratic experiment. The Economist has gone to the extent of endorsing the CHP, Turkey&s main opposition party and the standard bearer of Kemalism with its mix of authoritarianism and militant secularism, as if it were endorsing a candidate in the mayoral elections in London. article The Future of Al-Qaeda Hassan Mon, 06 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT The death of Osama bin Laden on May 2 in Abbottabad, Pakistan is undoubtedly a major setback for al-Qaeda and a significant achievement for the United States and its allies. In recent days, al-Qaeda purportedly has released several statements, including a lengthy two-part video, but its message since bin Laden&s killing remains confused. article The Next Phase of the Revolution H.A. Wed, 01 Jun 2011 00:00:00 GMT A wide array of political groups and young people movements called for the second "Day of Rage" last week -- the first being the first Friday during the 18-day uprising which led to the overthrow of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. article How Dangerous is Anwar al-Awlaki? Fawaz A. Tue, 31 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT As violence grips many parts of Yemen, including the capital, the poorest Arab country is sliding closer to the brink of civil war. article Getting it Right About Islam and American Muslims John Thu, 26 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT American Muslims deserve a break. There are as many as 6 million to 8 million Muslims living in the United States and contributing to the country as doctors, engineers, artists, actors and professionals, but for a decade many have found themselves and their religion wrongly equated with the acts of terrorists like Osama bin Laden. Many have been the victims of fear, suspicion, prejudice, Muslim-bashing, unlawful surveillance, illegal search, arrest and imprisonment. article Pakistans Brewing Sectarian War Ahmed Thu, 26 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT In the wake of the death of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a daring raid by U.S. SEALs in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad on May 2, the threat from the Taliban in Pakistan has shown no signs of flagging. An increasingly important element of the Talibans strategy over the last several years has been to exacerbate sectarian rifts across the entire country, which allows the group to expand its reach, increase the pressure on overburdened law enforcement agencies, a article US Bogged Down in Shifting Sands of Arab World H.A. Wed, 25 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT It was supposed to be a big event. United States President Barack Obama was supposed to be giving a monumental speech last week detailing how his administration would turn the page on US-Arab relations – in a way that took into account the big changes that the region has been going through for the past five months. article Its time to take back our civil liberties Sahar Sat, 21 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT It took the United States government nearly 10 years to hunt down and kill Osama bin Laden in retribution for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Over that same period, Muslims struggled to overcome guilt by association for the criminal acts of bin Laden. Meanwhile, all Americans were forced to give up civil liberties in a purported exchange for more security. As part of its concerted war on terror, the U.S. government under both presidents Bush and Obama directed most national security resour article Obamas Unique Opportunity to Redefine U.S.-Muslim World Relations John Thu, 19 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT President Barack Obamas speech on U.S. policy in the Middle East and North Africa on Thursday, May 19th comes in the midst of a historic transformation in the region with broad implications for U.S.-Muslim world relations. The death of Osama bin Laden and the Arab Spring offer new challenges to the Obama administration and the EU to restore and strengthen U.S.-Muslim world relations. However, it will require an alternative framework for a failed decades-long paradigm. The cha article Islamic Schools of the United States: Data-based Profiles Report_Islamic Schools_Keyworth_WEB.pdf Karen Wed, 18 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT The very essence of Islamic schools is the teaching of Islam. It is what defines us. We have;many Islamic curricula that fulfill the cultural and traditional needs and expectations of;parents and communities; however, we continue to desire more spiritual content and real-life applications. We realize that if we want a curriculum for our children, we must look at Islamic;curricula through the lens of our children&s needs.; Though such talk has been bub report Entrapment and Racialization: The "Homegrown" Canard Erik Wed, 18 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT A new report out today from New York University School of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) describes how American counterterrorism efforts have singled out Muslim Americans by “sending paid, trained informants into mosques and Muslim communities.” article Pakistan 2020: A Vision for Building a Better Future Society Pakistan 2020 Study Group Report.pdf Hassan Tue, 17 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT Pakistan&s population of more than 180 million ranks sixth highest globally. Pakistan is thesecond-largest country in the world with a predominantly Muslim population and holds a key geostrategic location, sharing international borders with India, China, Iran, and Afghanistan, as wellas a 700-mile coastline along the Arabian Sea touching on the Persian Gulf. With a standing armyof half a million, the Pakistani government is one of very few in the world in report America and Islam After bin Laden Ahmed Tue, 17 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT For the families of those lost to the senseless slaughter Osama bin Laden inspired, his passing may bring some relief. Yet it remains to be seen if bin Ladens demise marks a turning point in the struggle against violent extremism.Since the September 11 attacks, al-Qaedas pathological program has cast a long shadow over the relationship between one and a half billion Muslims and the worlds only superpower. We must contend with bin Ladens toxic bequest if we are article Dont Give Up on Pakistan Hassan Tue, 17 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT In recent years Pakistan has stumbled from one crisis to another. Reeling from a deadly insurgency on the countrys western border, its democratic government has struggled to establish even a modicum of stability. The people of Pakistan have shown amazing resilience even as they face rising terrorist activity, severe economic distress and perennial regional tensions. That Osama bin Laden was hiding in plain sight in a compound less than a mile from Pakistan article Tennessees Anti-Muslim Bill is an American Disgrace Daniel Tue, 17 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT In a matter of days, Tennessees state legislature is expected to pass a bill ostensibly designed to combat radical Islamic terrorism in Tennessee known as the Material Support bill or HB 1353. While the bill has removed direct references to Islam or Muslims at the pressure of civil rights groups such as the ACLU and others, if it is passed, it will seriously harm our security by alienating our biggest allies in combatting homegrown terrorism: our fellow American Muslims. article Sermons of the Revolution: Religious Emotions at the Tahrir Square Mosque H.A. Tue, 17 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT The Egyptian Revolution Does Not Request, It Demands.That was one of the public statements of the imam at the Omar Makram mosque in Cairo. That mosque did not use to be so well known -- there are many older, larger, even more beautifully designed mosques all over Cairo and Egypt. But now, Omar Makram is known all over the Arab world -- because his is the mosque on the edge of Tahrir Square. In other words, its the unofficial sermon provider fo article Was Pakistan Lying About Osama Bin Laden? Azeem Tue, 17 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT How could Osama bin Laden be living in a military town which has considerable security for six years without anyone realizing? article Sectarian divide has been an easy target for manipulation H.A. Mon, 16 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT Revolutions often encounter problems when the force that united people against an enemy fails to provide a common vision for the future. In Egypts case the internal divides, like any societys, are complex - with fault lines between class and in rural and urban areas. The most reported division, although not the deepest, is along sectarian lines between Sunni Muslims and Coptic Christians. Its a divide that the former regime is accused of exploiting. The article Cairo: A Tale of Three Protests H.A. Mon, 16 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT Last time I was in Washington D.C., a government official put it to me bluntly, if somewhat tongue-in-cheek: Couldnt you get the Egyptian protestors to change the day they protest the most? With the time difference and everything, Fridays are awfully inconvenient for us in D.C. -- it really cuts into our weekend. In the old days, Fridays in Egypt always used to be good for one fairly mundane thing -- it was the best day for traffic. Its a day off, and before the article Cairo: A Tale of Three Protests H.A. Mon, 16 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT Last time I was in Washington D.C., a government official put it to me bluntly, if somewhat tongue-in-cheek: Couldnt you get the Egyptian protestors to change the day they protest the most? With the time difference and everything, Fridays are awfully inconvenient for us in D.C. -- it really cuts into our weekend. In the old days, Fridays in Egypt always used to be good for one fairly mundane thing -- it was the best day for traffic. Its a day off, and before article In Egypt, Copts, Muslims, and a Tale of Two Churches H.A. Mon, 16 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT On New Years Eve this year, I was in Cairo. I heard about the bombing of the church in Alexandria, and I saw the outrage that took place on the streets of Cairo and the solidarity it resulted in, with Muslim men and women standing guard outside of churches on Coptic Christmas (January 7th). I also saw how Egyptian Muslims at large denounced any suggestion that the bombing was Egyptian in nature that no Egyptian would ever be responsible for su article To Be a Good Muslim is to Be a Good Citizen Zahra Mon, 16 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT The Quranic imperative is to help to those in need; the religion of the beneficiary does not matter. Voluntarism is thus integral to the daily lives of many Muslims, both in Muslim societies and in Western societies. From Ramadan food drives in local mosques in Boston, to volunteering with the police force in Mumbai, to giving toys to orphans in Beirut, to raising money in Abu Dhabi for Darfur victims, Muslims are serving others in numerous ways. Muslim Americans also volunteer av article Reflections on Good and Evil Ali M. Sat, 14 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT For far too many Americans, the mere mention of the word Islam elicits negative imagery of long bearded men with suicide belts who delight in the slaughter of innocent people. The stereotypical portrayal has become the accepted norm. Muslims are perceived as backwards, inherently violent, and misogynic in their treatment of women. No one has contributed more to the perpetuation of these stereotypes than Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda terrorist organization. I was in article ISPUs Spring Event: Immigrants & Urban America - Sat, 14 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT May 14, 2011, 4:00 pm 8:00 pm Please join us for ISPUs Spring Reception and Conversation on Immigrants and Urban America: Park51, Pluralism, and Political Courage with New York City Immigration Commissioner Fatima Shama. Local and national headlines highlight the urgent need for creative leadership on the pressing issues faced by immigrants. Join us for a tour of the Arab American National Museum, networking and an engaging dialogue with Commissioner article ISPU Spring Event: Immigrants & Urban America Institute for Social Policy and Understanding Sat, 14 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT 4:00 pm 8:00 pm Please join us for ISPUs Spring Reception and Conversation on Immigrants and Urban America: Park51, Pluralism, and Political Courage with New York City Immigration Commissioner Fatima Shama. Local and national headlines highlight the urgent need for creative leadership on the pressing issues faced by immigrants. Join us for a tour of the Arab American National Museum, networking and an engaging dialogue with Commissioner article Graffiti is illegal; anti-Islam remarks are not Asma Fri, 13 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT Just as patriotism was renewed while Americans mourned on 9/11, it flourishes again less than 10 years later as we celebrate the long-awaited justice finally served by Osama bin Ladens death. But while we celebrate, we must guard against condemning Islam as the force behind bin Ladens reign of terror. As President Obama stated in his speech announcing the mass murderers death, we are not at war with Islam. Bin Laden and his extremist cohorts have wreaked havoc on Muslims article The Code of the Hills Akbar Fri, 06 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT The killing of Osama bin Laden has thrust the town of Abbottabad, Pakistan, into the international spotlight. However surprising it may be to find al Qaeda&s notorious leader not in a cave in the tribal areas but in a comfortable villa near the capital, it is perhaps fitting that Abbottabad is having its 15 minutes of fame. article Coming Clean with Pakistan&s Street Haider Ali Hussein Thu, 05 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT The US operation against bin Laden has raised questions over Pakistan’s role, and stoked conspiracy theories. It’s time for transparency, says Haider Mullick. article Reassessing Osama Bin Ladens Legacy Azeem Thu, 05 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT Bin Ladens death is an opportunity to reassess what he and his legacy mean. For me, one point stands above all others in importance: Bin Ladens twisted, Manichaean, psychotic worldview was not Islamic. Yes, he couched his views in the language of Islam. And yes, many misguided souls believed him when he claimed to speak with the authority of a religious leader. But he was a fake. He had no religious qualifications at all. And neither did those around h article Bush League Trade Policy Benjamin Thu, 05 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT Economists have understood the benefits of free trade since Adam Smith published The Wealth of Nations in 1776. Yet, special interest groups still claim that protectionism is in Americas best interest. Following a surge in Chinese imports, the latest calls for protection come from U.S. apparel and textile industries. Unfortunately, the Bush administration appears to agree, and is considering safeguard quotas to protect these industries. article Comment: The MoD needs fundamental reform - Thu, 05 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT I am a big advocate for a strong military, the importance of defence and defence spending, and a strong Ministry of Defence (MoD). But it gives me no pleasure to say that the MoD is not doing much to deserve my support. One of the recent revelations from WikiLeaks which hasnt got nearly as much attention as it deserves is the devastating assessment of Afghan President Hamid Karzai of British military performance in his country. He is reported to have said that article This Ramadan, Give Without Fear (But Give Wisely) - Thu, 05 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT American Muslims face unique and troubling challenges in trying to fulfill their religious obligations to give charity or zakat.  The laws meant to serve the legitimate purpose of preventing the diversion of humanitarian aid to terrorist groups are, instead, overly broad, ambiguous and constitutionally suspect.   Sweeping powers granted to federal agencies in the wake of 9/11 resulted in the closing of nine American Muslim charities.  However, the majority of these charities w article Despite TV Appearances, Al Qaeda is Not Winning the War - Thu, 05 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT NEW YORK: Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Ladens deputy, emerged this week in a new videotape, taunting US President Bush for failing to kill him with a January 13th missile attack in Pakistan. The tape, proof that al-Zawahri lives, promises defeat for the US and targets Bush: Butcher of Washington, you are not only defeated and a liar, but also a failure. You are a curse on your nation and you have brought and will bring them only catastrophes and tragedies, al article Legislating Price Controls Wont Aid Katrina Recovery - Thu, 05 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT Governments from the Gulf Coast to California are urging investigations of price-gouging, but gas, hotel, water, and other price increases after Katrina are not a moral failing by companies. They are an economic necessity. Price increases mitigate the shortages that occur after natural disasters by redirecting supplies and giving an incentive for individuals to conserve resources. Unfortunately, the stories of shortages and gas lines that fill newspape article In the Fight Against Terrorism, Some Rights Must Be Repealed - Thu, 05 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT The newly appointed CIA Director Porter Goss, believes that terrorists may bring urban warfare techniques learned in Iraq to our homeland. If he is right, we could have a whole new war on our hands. The prospect is indeed scary. The idea of terrorist cells operating clandestinely in the United States, quietly amassing handguns and assault rifles, and planning suicide shooting rampages in our malls, is right out of Tom Clancys most recent novel. If not for the article Immigration Reform that Both Sides Can Support - Thu, 05 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT Groups of private citizens calling themselves Minutemen are patrolling the U.S. border with Mexico trying to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the country. Meanwhile, farmers and other businesses argue that they need an immigrant supply of labor. Both sides have some legitimate points. The good news is that the right immigration reforms could satisfy the valid concerns of both sides. The bad news is that Bushs proposed temporary worker visas will not. article How To Reform Immigration Laws - Thu, 05 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT A punitive immigration bill passed by the House of Representatives last December has sparked protests in recent days around the country. In response, the Senate Judiciary committee passed a bi-partisan measure that would allow current illegals to stay in the U.S. and would open the way for more to migrate as guest-workers. Unfortunately, none of the proposed reforms will completely fix our illegal immigration problems and the House bill would actually make the problems worse. article Zarqawi: The Man, Message, and the Video Star - Thu, 05 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the elusive leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq, made his screen debut this week. In a 35-minute video, the man responsible for the car-bomb deaths of hundreds of Iraqi civilians and the beheadings of numerous foreigners, dismissed the new Iraqi government as an American stooge and a poisoned dagger in the heart of the Muslim community. He promised more attacks. The Zarqawi video comes, perhaps not coincidentally, days after anot article Al Qaeda Talking Heads: What Is Behind the Media Blitz by bin Laden, al-Zawahiri and al-Zarqawi? - Thu, 05 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT Only days after Iraqi leaders selected a new prime minister and president, Al Qaeda launched a media blitz. Never before had the networks top three figures Osama bin Laden; his right-hand man, Ayman al-Zawahiri; and their commander in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi so synchronized their messages. In the space of a single week, they fell over one another urging resistance in Iraq as part of the greater global war with the West. To what do we owe this dash fo article Osama bin Laden and the Arab uprising H.A. Wed, 04 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT As a Brit, Ive seen the effects of al-Qaedas style of violent Islamism firsthand. I was in England when London was hit on the 7th of July. I was in London when the second attempt, on the 22nd of July, took place and Ive spent years advising different governments and non-governmental organisations on counter-terrorism strategies. Its a serious problem. But as we, as an establishment, went about confronting, we turned the entire Muslim community into article Pakistan Silence = Conspiracy Talk - Wed, 04 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT During his momentous address to the American people Sunday night, US President Barack Obama announced the death of Osama bin Laden. article Egypt, Tunisia, and The Death of Osama Bin Laden Muqtedar Mon, 02 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT President Obama announced that a small team of American Special Forces had killed Osama bin Laden and taken his body into custody. Apparently bin Laden was living in a palatial home not far from Pakistans capital Islamabad. The news came as a relief and as a satisfaction to Americans who have waited for a decade for justice. Within minutes thousands of Americans were marking the moment by congregating at the White House, at Times Square and Ground Zero in New York and other central article For Muslims, a reason to rejoice Arsalan Mon, 02 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT Although there has not been much cause for celebration for our global village over the past decade, the world was able to breathe a sigh of relief at the announcement by President Barack Obama of the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. special operations forces at a mansion on the outskirts of Abbottabad, Pakistan. In addition to the vast majority of Americans who are relieved by his death, there are more than 1 billion Muslims around the world who salute the fact that bin Ladens un article What Should the U.S. Have Done With Bin Ladens Body? Azeem Mon, 02 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT Bin Laden, the enemy of Islam, did not deserve an Islamic funeral or burial in a Muslim graveyard. The world awoke on the 2nd of May to the long overdue news of the death of Osama Bin Laden. Bin Laden, who in his 1996 fatwa officially declared war on the United States and unofficially declared war on Islam and all Muslims who did not subscribe to his perverse beliefs, was responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocents around the globe -- the majority of them Musli article Suspended Somewhere Between: A Book of Verse Akbar Sun, 01 May 2011 00:00:00 GMT This collection spanning a half century of writing gives a front row seat to a world in turmoil—from the forbidding valleys and mountains of Waziristan in the tribal areas of Pakistan to the think tanks and halls of power in Washington, DC. And through it all, they carry the message of hope and compassion. book Beyond the Democratic Wave in the Arab World: The Middle East&s Turko-Persian Future (3).pdf Mohammed Thu, 28 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT It is unlikely that the Egyptian revolution will have a major impact on the political and strategic landscape in the Middle East in the short and medium terms. Egypt, the Arab state with the greatest capacity to act regionally, will be tied down for a considerable period of time in getting its house in order and sorting out the relationship between the civilian and military components of the new political order. policy Pakistan Needs a New Relationship with the United States Ahmed Tue, 26 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT To complicate matters further, elements in Pakistans security establishment have deliberately stoked public sentiment.Extensive leaks to the Pakistani press about the governments demands to the United States hint at a desire to exert pressure on Washington through exploiting populist anger. For the ISI, this diplomatic crisis is a unique opportunity to obtain long desired strategic concessions from the United States. Among other things, the ISI does not want militant groups favored article Syria: Can Assad defeat the protesters? Fawaz A. Tue, 26 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT The Syrian regime has dramatically intensified its crackdown against the protesters in an effort to crush the opposition. The country is now on the brink of all-out war. Residents say thousands of heavily armed soldiers, backed by tanks, are swarming the streets of their cities and towns. In Deraa on Sunday, witnesses said that security forces had opened fire in the city, shooting indiscriminately, even though no protests were being held at the time. Already, more than 30 article Surprising Developments in Azerbaijan Azeem Mon, 25 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to give a speech to a group of inspiring young people. The group was in fact a delegation of the First Convention of the Global Youth Movement for the Alliance of Civilization. article The Neo-Taliban, Counterinsurgency, & the American Endgame in Afghanistan Report_Neo Taliban_Qazi_WEB.pdf Shehzad H. Thu, 14 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT This paper addresses the United States endgame in Afghanistan within the context of theinsurgency since it began in 2002. It further goes on toexplain who the neo-Talibanare, as well as their political goals and organizational structure. The report details how politico-military failure, civilianabuse, and a delegitimized host government have marred the effort. Conclusively, the Karzairegimes unpopularity, the rebels military gains, and report A Portion of the People: Islam in a "Christian" America Report_Islam Christian Amer_Hanley_WEB.pdf James Wed, 13 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT In 2010, almost nine full years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a surge of outrage over plansto build a Muslim community center in lower Manhattan swept the United States.Critics were eagerto interpret the project as an insult, an offense, and a sacrilege. Moreover, deliberate efforts were made todelegitimize American Muslims and deny them the protections of the Constitution.Such efforts to demonize specific subgroups and deny their legitimacy as ci report No Shortcuts for Pakistan on Counterterrorism Ahmed Tue, 12 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT On April 5, the Obama administration delivered a stark evaluation of Pakistans counterterrorism campaign to Congress, stating that there remains no clear path toward defeating the insurgency festering in the countrys northwestern regions. Over the past decade, militants have killed thousands of Pakistani civilians and wreaked devastation on the countrys fragile economy. And since 2001, 2,575 Pakistani soldiers have been killed in counterinsurgency and count article The Jersey Shores of Tripoli: MTV and Arab Revolution Haroon Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT If youve ever been through New Yorks Museum of Natural History, and youre a person of color, conscience, or a student of critical race theory, Im sure you walked out feeling deeply offended.The museum organizes human populations as if theyre animals along a Darwinian ladder of civilizational evolution. All sorts of exotic the right word here, with all the right implications, might be ethnic populations are represe article How is religion informing Libyan rebels? H.A. Sat, 02 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT Mr. Frattini (the Italian Foreign Minister) said he was concerned about a rise in Islamic radicalism and the rise of an Islamic emirate in eastern Libya. -The New York Times This is the al Qaeda that the whole world is fighting.-Muammar Gaddafi, referring to the uprising against his regime. In much of the press at the moment, there is, if we might be frank, a fear of what Islam might mean in Libya. Its a fear that Gadda article In Libya, a perilous endgame Fawaz A. Fri, 01 Apr 2011 00:00:00 GMT Almost two weeks of intense bombings and the enforcement of a no-fly zone in Libya by Western-led forces have neither broken the will of Col. Moammar Gadhafi nor subdued his followers. Instead, the past couple of weeks have proved that Libya is much more divided than the world had feared. The major challenge facing the opposition now will be in reaching out to tribal supporters of Gadhafi -- and skeptics and bystanders -- to allay their fears. This kind of reconciliati article 6 Reasons Why I Oppose US Intervention in Libya Haroon Thu, 31 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT I, like many others, have found myself unable to turn away from the Arab revolutions. As a strong believer in the egalitarian nature of the Muslim religion, and a fervent critic of common assumptions about Arabs and Muslims, these revelations were a welcome confirmation of my beliefs. I also hate dictators. As such, I never had, and still have, no love for Libyas clown Colonel, Muammar Qaddafi; and like any other person of conscience, I watched with heavy he article Islamophobia: The Challenge of Pluralism in the 21st Century John Wed, 30 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Islamophobia has been on the rise since September 11, as seen in countless cases of discrimination, racism, hate speeches, physical attacks, and anti-Muslim campaigns. he 2006 Danish cartoon crisis and the controversy surrounding Pope Benedict XVI&s Regensburg speech have underscored the book ISPU Testimony before the Senate: The Threat of Islamophobia to American Muslim Civil Rights khan testimony version 2.pdf Muqtedar Tue, 29 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Written statement submitted to Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, civil society, and human rights Protecting the Civil Rights of American Muslims Tuesday | March 29, 2011 |10:00 a.m. | Dirksen Senate Office Building Rm226 report The U.S. Talks to Egyptians: Who is Listening? Report_Egypt_Fattah_WEB.pdf Moataz Fri, 25 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT This research is based on systematic quantitative and qualitative dataconcerning Egyptian university students image of the United States, theirreactions to its public diplomacy messages, and why they hold thoseopinions. The data was collected almost ten months before Egypts January25th revolution. Face-to-face survey and focus group discussions were usedto probe the thorny questions and perceptions of these Egyptians vis--visnbs report Pakistans religion problem Asma Fri, 25 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT On March 10, a week after the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti, Pakistans minister for religious minorities, a bipartisan group of U.S. congressmen called on U.S. and international officials to formally oppose the draconian blasphemy laws that cost Bhatti his life by introducing a Taseer-Bhatti resolution in the U.N. Human Rights Council.The proposed resolution, named after Bhatti and Punjab governor Salman Taseer, who was also murdered recently for his efforts article Through the Health Lens: The Aftermath of the 2010 Pakistan Flood Report_Pakistan Flood_Nishtar_WEB.pdf Sania Thu, 24 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT The devastating 2010 flood in Pakistan, the worst humanitariandisaster on the face of this planet in recent history, resulted in over 1.6 million damaged houses damaged, many razed to the ground, and 3.2 million hectares of standing crops inundated. Twenty percent of the countrys land massmore than the entire landmass of Italyhas been affected. Millions of poor people in the riverside communities of the Indus have been pushed further into poverty.U report Partisanship can still sink Egypts national project H.A. Wed, 23 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT The yes camp in the Egyptian referendum for constitutional reform got an overwhelming 77 per cent. But despite that groundswell, two conflicting realities have emerged. First, in the run-up to the referendum on constitutional amendments, and continuing thereafter, the spirit of the revolution remained alive and well in the Egyptian people. And secondly, the splits that inevitably appear in a diverse population are increasingly visible. They must be resisted if Egyp article In Defense of US action in Libya Muqtedar Wed, 23 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT President Obama has become the target of a lot of criticism from the Republicans in the U.S. and from many anti-West critics in Europe and the Arab World. The criticisms present a plethora of reasons why the U.S. should not have intervened in the Libyan civil war. These criticisms also come with attendant accusations of imperialism and war mongering. Some of the Republican critics of Obama are disingenuous, like Newt Gingrich, who first criticized the president for not intervening article Its politics, stupid H.A. Sun, 20 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Its politics, stupid. But in the New Egypt, we dared to hope for more. The latest Doha Debates took place in Cairo, where guests debated the pros and cons of delaying elections in support of democracy. The discussion was lively, and I dont wish to spoil peoples viewing of it on BBC world later this month. But heres where things remain. Egypt is still in the process of a revolution. It did not end with Mubaraks holiday sojourn article This isnt 1989 Haroon Fri, 18 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Its a deeply discouraging moment for the Arab revolutions. With the Libyan revolution in apparent retreat, in danger of falling back or even fragmenting, one truth is becoming increasingly obvious. This isnt the Arab worlds 1989. When Eastern Europe became free, the democratic West cut any debate around its future short. NATO was waiting to welcome Eastern Europeans with open arms; they would also be fast tracked into the European Union if they made t article The GCC shows its true colors Mohammed Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Two-thousand Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) troops, most of them from Saudi Arabia, entered Bahrain on Monday -- ostensibly to provide security to government installations threatened by protestors. In fact, such a show of force, with more troops on the way, is an attempt by the Saudi-led GCC to stiffen the resolve of the ruling house in Bahrain to put down the democracy protests if need be with force. The violence unleashed by the Bahraini army and police against peace article Saudi Arabias latest move should wake up US Muqtedar Wed, 16 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Saudi Arabia has taken the unprecedented decision to become an imperial power opposed to reform and change.It has now deployed forces in a foreign country in defense of a monarchy.Along with five hundred troops from UAE, a thousand Saudi troops have entered Bahrain to engage the protesters there demanding a democratic transition in Bahrain. This singular move by Saudi Arabia will have a far reaching and even destabilizing impact on the region. This is the first instance of direct article No Shortcuts: U.S. Policy and the Challenge of Stabilizing Pakistan Report_Pakistan_Humayun_WEB.pdf Ahmed Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT The stability of Pakistan, a nuclear-armed state in a troubled region, presents a formidable challenge for the United States. Pakistan-based militant groups undermine the countrys security, help fuel the insurgency in Afghanistan, and increasingly endanger the American homeland. This report identifies the key trends in Pakistans stability over the last two years, and evaluates their implications for U.S. policy. Pakistan has made important progress against militancy report A British lesson in combatting terrorism H.A. Sat, 12 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Learning lessons is always hard - especially when youre in a higher position of power than everyone else. Paradoxically, its usually those in power that are in need of learning from the lessons of the past, more than anyone else - because if they repeat those mistakes, it creates far more impact than if anyone else does.You can learn lessons from your friends, or from those you perceive as your enemies. But its abject stupidity if you just refuse to learn them.Thats why article Peter King, your hearings arent just bigoted. Theyre making things worse. Zareena Thu, 10 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Representative Peter King (R) of New York is holding congressional hearings on the threat of homegrown Islamic terrorism today. Mr. King has lodged a number of accusations against American Muslims, alleging that they have been uncooperative with law enforcement officials in preventing terrorism plots here in the United States. His accusations, however, are built on distortions of the facts that have been refuted by top law enforcement officials. The problem with the King hearin article Fair to Muslims? Akbar Tue, 08 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Many American Muslims are fearful and angry about the Congressional hearings on Islamic radicalism that will start Thursday, with some arguing that they are a mere provocation meant to incite bigotry. But as a scholar, I view the hearings, to be led by Representative Peter T. King, the chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, as an opportunity to educate Americans about our communitys diversity and faith. The topic is urgent, and the hearings overdue. It is article Peter Kings hearings: Islamophobia draped in the American flag John Sun, 06 Mar 2011 00:00:00 GMT Representative Peter King, Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee, will hold hearings this Thursday on Radicalization of Muslim Americans. While hearings on the threat of domestic terrorist attacks are important, regrettably Kings long standing anti-Muslim track record and the choice of the hearings title, Radicalization of Muslim Americans, have led many to fear the emergence of a successor to Senator Joseph McCarthy and a new neo-McCarthyism article Mubarak and decaf coffee Abbas Sat, 26 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT Until now Western foreign policy in the Middle East has gotten the substance without the true cost. The renegade philosopher and cultural critic Slavoj Zizek once noted the absurdity of certain items in our modern consumer culture: The chocolate laxative, non-alcoholic beer and decaf coffee. What these products have in common is that each one offers you a much desired substance without its negative side effects. It is a way of enjoying, consuming something but avoiding the pot article Libya is important, but don’t forget Bahrain Mohammed Fri, 25 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT The violent crackdown by the maverick Libyan strongman on unarmed pro-democracy protestors in Libya is rightfully catching the worlds attention. Given Europes energy interests in Libya, the geo-strategic location of the North African country, and the atrocities being committed by the regime, Qaddafis removal has now become an international concern. Reports emanating out of Libya suggest that his fall from power may be imminent. However, fast-moving events in Lib article Dreaming Beyond the Madman: Reflections on the Revolution in Libya Haroon Wed, 23 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT The Iranian Ambassador leaned over and whispered: Dont write it down. He furiously waved his hand from side to side. I looked at him with a certain measure of confusion, as Id been told that my primary responsibility was to take notes at this tremendously important meeting and then provide a summary for the senior ambassador. My boss. Nevertheless, the Iranian ambassador insisted, They always talk nonsense. Nobody cares.He was describing the L article To Really Address the Roots of Radicalisation, First Make Sure you Understand it Azeem Wed, 16 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT article War or Peace in Afghanistan? Farid Mon, 14 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT As U.S. military operations in Afghanistan enter its 10th year, hopes for peace in 2011 do not look promising. President Barack Obamas review of the war paints a rather positive outlook in a December 2010 assessment, which concludes that the United States has made enough security gains to begin withdrawing troops in July. Similarly, the U.S. military and the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) are touting successes in the area around the all impor article Muslim Brotherhoods key role in Egypt - Mon, 14 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT One of the biggest questions hanging over the Egyptian revolution is the role of the Muslim Brotherhood. Its impossible to fully understand the importance of the Brotherhoods position today without referring to its violent past and its efforts since the 1970s to position itself as a mainstream religious and political movement in Egypt. In the revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, the Brotherhood reinforced this centrist position by recognizing th article Muslim Brotherhoods key role in Egypt Fawaz A. Mon, 14 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT One of the biggest questions hanging over the Egyptian revolution is the role of the Muslim Brotherhood. Its impossible to fully understand the importance of the Brotherhoods position today without referring to its violent past and its efforts since the 1970s to position itself as a mainstream religious and political movement in Egypt. In the revolution that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, the Brotherhood reinforced this centrist position by recognizing the important article The tyrant is dead, long live the military Mohammed Sun, 13 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT Hosni Mubarak has gone and the military high command in Egypt has taken over power in his stead. In hindsight it appears that the military top brass very cleverly choreographed Mubaraks removal in order to achieve two ends. First, by distancing itself from the crumbling authority of the president it aimed to demonstrate to the protestors that the military was not opposed to their demands and aspirations. Second, by permitting a certain amount of anarchy in Cairo and elsewhere it intende article The Age of Freedom has begun Muqtedar Fri, 11 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT We are witnessing the rebirth of the Arab World. Mubarak resigns and with him ends the age of dictators, repressions and lack of freedom in Egypt. If Egypt becomes democratic, it does not have to become a perfect democracy overnight, it will suffice that it begins transition to democracy in earnest. Egypt is the intellectual and cultural leader of the Arab world and enjoys the affection and respect of all Muslim nations. If Egypt embraces democracy, democracy will become article The Revolutionary Fashion Police: What Not to Wear When Egypts Government Goes Down Haroon Thu, 10 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT Just a few days ago, an ABC News anchor asked his correspondent on the ground to explain the Muslim Brotherhood to their viewers. We were told that they werent the Taliban, they werent mullahs (which the Taliban are also not) -- we were reassured that the Brotherhood, although a very conservative movement with views often at odds with our policy interests, was modern. They wear business suits, and such is the definition of modernity and the sophistication of the convers article Since When Has Democracy Been the Antithesis of Stability? Sahar Thu, 10 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT Much of the discourse on the Egyptian revolution posits democracy as antithetical to stability. As Americans, we know better. Our country is composed of people from all over the world with diverse political views ranging from the far right to the far left. We have communities of every faith, some of whom believe the others are doomed to eternal damnation. And yet we remain immune from the political instability experienced by other more homogenous nations. Throug article Muqtedar Khan Interview on Islam, Democracy, and Egypt on NPR Muqtedar Thu, 10 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT Muqtedar Khan speaks on the political upheaval in Egypt and Tunisia and its pivotal moment in the history of the Arab world, while also commenting on Islam, the Arab world and democracy. article Five reasons why Arab regimes are falling Moataz Tue, 08 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT Public protests in Egypt are not about minor changes or grievances. President Hosni Mubaraks regime faces a deep process of legitimacy erosion the same pattern of legitimacy erosion that exists across much of the Arab region. This erosion wont simply go away with more protests or new governments, and it will be with us in the years to come. Understanding the larger societal and demographic factors eroding these regimes is vital to understanding the unrest in the Middle article Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: Does it Pose a Threat to Yemen and the West? Fawaz A. Tue, 08 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT In the past eighteen months, the Obama national security team has become increasingly more concerned about the threat that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) poses to Yemen and the American homeland. Although AQAP is extremely dangerous it poses one of the weaker challenges to Yemen as well as a limited security menace to the West. It does not possess the material and human means, the endurance to sustain a transnational campaign, or the resources to build a social we report The Arab worlds Berlin Wall moment Fawaz A. Mon, 07 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT As mass protests rock Tunisia, Egypt, Algeria, Yemen, and Jordan, the omnipotence of the Mukhabarat, or security-controlled state, appears to be crumbling. In particular, the inability of President Hosni Mubaraks much-feared security apparatus to suppress swelling protesters and retain the status quo signals the beginning of the fall of the Arab authoritarian wall. Against all odds, hundreds of thousands of young Arabs men and women have taken to the streets and called article Paranoia Over Foreigners in Egypt Eclipsed by Cooperation H.A. Sat, 05 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT There is paranoia now all over Egypt about the role of foreigners in the midst of this upheaval. From all sides, although in different ways. In anti-government Tahrir Square, I saw a sign instructing Americans to stay out of Egypts business - while I heard pro-government supporters (peacefully queuing along with everyone else to get into Tahrir) claiming that foreign agents were in the middle of all this. Not that this translated into any sort of unsafe environment for article The End of the Beginning: The Coming of Egypt’s “Wise Men” H.A. Sat, 05 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT And now we begin to see plans. Those protesting in Tahrir Square are still vitally important to the anti-regime opposition in Egypt because they ensure that pressure is kept on the regime through international media coverage, and economic disruption. But if you want to see what change is going to look like that show, although indelibly linked to one at Tahrir, is somewhere else. Thats hardly surprising. From day one, it was clear that the protestors had article Paranoia Over Foreigners in Egypt Eclipsed by Cooperation H.A. Sat, 05 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT There is paranoia now all over Egypt about the role of foreigners in the midst of this upheaval. From all sides, although in different ways. In anti-government Tahrir Square, I saw a sign instructing Americans to stay out of Egypts business - while I heard pro-government supporters (peacefully queuing along with everyone else to get into Tahrir) claiming that foreign agents were in the middle of all this. Not that this translated into any sort of unsafe environment for article Egyptians Queue Up to Say: On February 4, 2011, I was in Tahrir Square H.A. Fri, 04 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT We were all waiting for, frankly, a huge confrontation. It never happened. The pro-Mubarak demonstrators showed up, caused a bit of a ruckus, and then dispersedand a fair bit away from Liberation (Tahrir) Square. The atmosphere in the Square was electric. People were singing the national anthem of Egypt, and people watching were posting messages online indicating they were crying when they heard that chant. A number of famous personalities joined the protests after Frid article 5 Reasons the Muslim Brotherhood Won’t Turn On Israel Haroon Fri, 04 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT These days, everybodys in the business of panicking over the potential role of the Muslim Brotherhood. But rather than discuss where the Brotherhood has been in the past, I suggest looking to the future.Events on the ground are changing every few hours, so this is an exercise in informed speculation. Here are five reasons why the Muslim Brotherhood will find it very hard to decisively determine Egypts relationship with Israel. These five reasons complicate the assumption that i article Egyptians Queue Up to Say: On February 4, 2011, I was in Tahrir Square H.A. Fri, 04 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT We were all waiting for, frankly, a huge confrontation. It never happened. The pro-Mubarak demonstrators showed up, caused a bit of a ruckus, and then dispersedand a fair bit away from Liberation (Tahrir) Square. The atmosphere in the Square was electric. People were singing the national anthem of Egypt, and people watching were posting messages online indicating they were crying when they heard that chant. A number of famous personalities joined the protests after Frid article The Uneasy Coexistence of the Cairo Rumor Mill with Muslim Principle of Isnad H.A. Fri, 04 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT The confusion continues. As the situation unfolds in Cairo, we see that significant numbers (if not compared to their opposition) of pro-Mubarak supporters have come out onto the street. All sorts of rumors abound about them, as well as about the anti-Mubarak supporters and its hard to sift through it all. There are rather more rumors about the pro-Mubarak supporters being paid to go protest, by pro-Mubarak businessmen, although similar stories abound about anti-Mubarak supporte article Muslim Brotherhood: Protect Churches; Mufti Exempts Egyptians from Friday Prayer H.A. Thu, 03 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT It feels like the calm before the storm. Well, calm is probably not the best word were still hearing gun-fire in the distance. Having said that, we know that some of our neighbors are periodically shooting off rounds in order to alert us all to their presence, and feel that were in a secure environment. But still, for the first time since this whole chaos took off and we started patrolling our streets, weve been ordered by the army to return to our article Confusion Reigns on Cairo Streets H.A. Thu, 03 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT Its a very confusing time. This country has endured so much hardship over the past weekmany naturally want it to end, and return to a modicum of normalcy and security, as well as personal well-being. And when Mubarak said he was not running again, many decided that the time to protest had ended, and that the time to plan for the future had begun. Certainly on Tuesday night, thats what it seemed like. But on Wednesday, there were still people in Tahrirmdas article The US Must Not Be on the Wrong Side of History Azeem Wed, 02 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT Do you remember when the United States stood proudly for liberty and democracy? When countries looked over the Atlantic at the Statue of Liberty and knew that if they wanted to embrace independent democratic institutions and free and fair elections, the United States would be there to support them? When the US was a beacon that inspired campaigners for greater democracy behind the Iron Curtain or under apartheid South Africa, during the emergence of the post-dictatorship democracies in Latin article Egyptians Rejecting Religious Leadership, But Not Religion H.A. Wed, 02 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT Its quite fascinating to see the role of religion and religious figures over the past week in Egypt. Certainly, the state in Egypt has mentioned the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan al-Muslimeen) many times over the years, voicing the fear that in the event that the ruling National Democratic Party fell, Egypt would turn into an Arab version of Iran -- a fear that was repeated many times over the last few days by the right-wing press all over the world. There have been other th article On Cairo Streets, No Support for Islamist State H.A. Wed, 02 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT Last night, the Egyptian president said that he would not run for another term, and that the constitution would be debated by Parliament for changes. That seemed to take the wind out of the sails of many protesting, and as such, Liberation Square was emptying out of protesters. At the same time, pro-Mubarak supporters (who are increasingly being described by people on the streets as the opposition (!)) were gathering and preparing to march on Liberation Square. As news of that go article Egyptians vs. The Police H.A. Wed, 02 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT He was the driver of one of many cars we stopped that night coming into our neighborhood. Foolishly, I did not take his national identification card and his car registration -- I just asked him to open the trunk of his car. He opened it with pleasure, and was about to drive off, when Muhammad, one of my neighbors, recognized him. Oh, hello. Wait a minute -- arent you the police officer we saw here yesterday? Bashfully, he replied, Um, yes. article Violence Came To Tahrir Square With Pro-Mubarak Protests H.A. Wed, 02 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT As we open and close the checkpoints on our streets and roads in the area (who would have thought thats what I would be doing on a cool February morning in Cairo), theres a new aspect to the procedure that weve developed over the coming days. And yes, there has been a procedure. We start with smiles, trying to remember and recall that this whole situation is difficult for everyone, and that the least we can do is make our part in the difficulty as painless as possible. A article Defending Egypts streets, and finding a new community H.A. Wed, 02 Feb 2011 00:00:00 GMT Thanks to the Egyptian authorities, the revolution that is unfolding on Egypts streets will not air live on most of its TVs, Twitter feeds or Facebook pages. But that doesnt mean revolution isnt happening. It is, and Im living it. On January 28, the police were ordered off the streets around the country. The result was predictable chaos. Prisoners escaped from jails (with assistance, it is assumed), and many took advantage of the lack of security that ensue article The Scandal Everybody Seems to Have Missed Azeem Mon, 31 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT I dont know how this particular WikiLeaks revelation has not been much, much bigger news, involving as it does cluster bombs, the Special Relationship, a plot to keep important information from the UK Parliament and the country, and a secret legal loophole that let Britain get around its treaty obligations. Cluster bombs, for those who are not familiar with them, are a type of bomb that open up in mid-air, dropping hundreds of bomblets that explode individually article Where’s the Arab world going, and can Israel come? - Sun, 30 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT Americas foreign-policy is, to put it mildly, in turmoil. But just some reflection will allow us to think coolly and calmly about our relationships to the Muslim and Arab worlds. Id argue that America, in need of friends and partners in a time of economic change and global realignment, can find a tremendous ally in the popular uprisings in the Middle East. But it will take bold, decisive leadership, clear-headed vision, and a willingness to work with partners, not simply talk d article Where’s the Arab world going, and can Israel come? Haroon Sun, 30 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT The following is reprinted with permission from You can sign up for their free daily newsletter at Americas foreign-policy is, to put it mildly, in turmoil. But just some reflection will allow us to think coolly and calmly about our relationships to the Muslim and Arab worlds.Id argue that America, in need of friends and partners in a time of economic change and global reali article Mubarak Has Not Got the Message Moataz Sun, 30 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT Public protests in Egypt are not about minor changes or grievances. Mubaraks regime faces a deep process of legitimacy erosion. Vice president Joe Biden who stated that Mubarak is no dictator, needs to understand that there is a pattern of legitimacy erosion throughout the Arab region. This erosion is coming from five directions that will be with us in the years to come. The first challenge is what I call the biological challenge. There is a article Change in Egypt will change the region Muqtedar Sun, 30 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT Allah will not change a condition of a people, until they change themselves (Quran 13:11). This is a pivotal moment in the current history of the Arab World. If Egypt is transformed, it will transform the region. Egypt is the moral and intellectual leader of the Arab world. It sets the cultural and political standards in the region. When Anwar Sadat made peace with Israel, the Arab wars against Israel ended. When Egypt decided to suppress its Islamic m article The MoD needs fundamental reform Azeem Sat, 29 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT I am a big advocate for a strong military, the importance of defence and defence spending, and a strong Ministry of Defence (MoD). But it gives me no pleasure to say that the MoD is not doing much to deserve my support. One of the recent revelations from WikiLeaks which hasnt got nearly as much attention as it deserves is the devastating assessment of Afghan President Hamid Karzai of British military performance in his country. He is reported to have said that our militar article A Democracy Renaissance in the Arab World? Arsalan Fri, 28 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT President John F. Kennedy once said, Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. The recent pro-democracy mass protests around the Arab world -- in places like Tunisia, Yemen and Egypt --reflect the beginnings of a democracy Renaissance, launched by the millions of citizens within these countries that have been ruled for decades by ruthless autocrats and soft dictators. The recent Jas article Anwar Ibrahim & The Consolidation of Democracy in Malaysia Ibrahim_WEB.pdf Azeem Tue, 25 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT Malaysia a Muslim-majority country that has the potential to join Turkey and Indonesia in the nascent league of Muslim democracies has been undergoing a particularly nasty struggle recently, one that has pitted democratic forces against autocratic ones, and clean politics against corruption. With Anwar once again posing a very real threat to the old regimes entrenched power, fresh allegations of sexual misconduct, a crime that carries a maximum prison sentence of report Azeem Ibrahim on Richard Holbrooke Azeem Tue, 25 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT Richard Holbrooke, who died last week aged 69, had an incredible career behind him, and most of his friends thought he was not done yet. The roll call of prestigious positions he held is testament to his extraordinary talent for foreign policy: joining the Foreign Service after failing to be hired by the New York Times, he became a civilian representative of the Agency for International Development working in the Mekong Delta. He was then staff assistant in Saigons US Emb article Why Do They Do It? How to Answer the Question Azeem Tue, 25 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT Have you ever had an experience like this: You are talking with a non-Muslim friend about current affairs and the conversation turns to the latest foiled terror plot. With a look in their eyes that says, Hey, youre a Muslim, you must understand what these guys are up to, they ask you, What is it all about? Why do they do it? What are you supposed to tell them? On the face of it, the question couldnt be any more reasonabl article Youth need vision, not revolt, in the Muslim world H.A. Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT An Arab ruler had just passed away, and one of his close advisers had been nominated to take his place. In his inaugural address, a person in the crowd promised: If we find you crooked, we will correct you. With our swords! To which the new ruler replied, Praise be to God, who created among our people someone who is able to correct the crookedness of Omar. That was not a reference to the fallen leader of Tunisia this month, but to Omar al-Faruq ibn al-K article NATO’s Future Paths Shehzad H. Fri, 21 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT In November 2010, NATO held its 24th summit in Lisbon where its Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen unveiled the organizations latest Strategic Concept. The world is changing, Rasmussen proclaimed, We face new threats and new challenges. And this Strategic Concept will ensure that NATO remains as effective as ever in defending our peace, our security and our prosperity. NATOs new ten-year plan has identified 7 key areas of security concern for th article Wielding new power? Shehzad H. Fri, 21 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT Standing in the Lebanese suburb of Bint Jbeil, a few short miles from the Israeli border, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said, Lebanon is the school of resistance and perseverance against the bullying forces of the world [] like a university for jihad, for adventure in the way of the noble, human causes. He proclaimed, The Zionist regime will continue its downfall and no power can save it because of the regional efforts of Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Leban article Is Tunisia the Beginning? Moataz Wed, 19 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT As time passes, post-independence Arab leaders continue to accrue political and economic failures. There are 22 Arab countries, which are 10 percent of world countries (220), with five percent of the worlds population and they also constitute 50 percent of undemocratic states in the world. Although they are home to five percent of the worlds population, their contribution is no more than 3.8 percent of world production, including in the energy sector. These figures are no surpr article Democratic Tunisia! Can we Dare to Hope? Muqtedar Mon, 17 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT A few years ago Ronald Inglehart and Pippa Norris, both prominent American political scientists, made an interesting argument that the civilizational divide between Muslims and the West was not about democracy but sex.They had found that when it came to democracy, there was marginally more appreciation and support for it in the Muslim World and the real issues that divided us were views about homosexuality and gender roles. The survey they cited had found that Muslim support for article Tick Tock, Tick Tock Azeem Mon, 17 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT Afghanistan is Americas longest war. The International Security Assistance Force has been in the war-torn country for almost 10 years, and it has lost some 2,200 soldiers. The war has cost U.S. taxpayers about $336 billion alone. How much closer are we to achieving peace and security in Afghanistan and Pakistan and securing other countries from the mayhem that is unleashed here? The answer is not encouraging. The overarching goal in this war, according to U.S. President article Power and Policy in Syria: Intelligence Services, Foreign Relations and Democracy in the Modern Middle East Radwan Sat, 15 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT A fresh and penetrating analysis of Syria&s political structure with a focus on Syria&s intelligence services and the conditions and patterns of foreign policy decision making, particularly vis-à-vis the United States. book Why Isnt Jared Lee Loughner a Homegrown Terrorist? Sahar Wed, 12 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT How many more members of Congress have to be victims of politically motivated violence before we acknowledge terrorism is defined by the act and not the identity of the actor? Any person who use[s] violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature ... through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear is a terrorist. While clearly suffering from some sort of mental disorder, Jar article Time to turn around worrisome trends in Pakistan Muqtedar Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT Once again the viciousness that haunts Muslim communities has manifested itself in the form of a brutal assassination of the Pakistani Provincial Governor Salman Taseer last week. The assassin, Taseers bodyguard, claimed that he killed Taseer because the governor was opposed to Pakistans blasphemy law. The assassination of Taseer will surely silence many moderate voices and further intimidate the government. The latest crisis began when a Chr article Katie Courics Idea of a Muslim Cosby Show Might Not Be So Crazy After All Azeem Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT Katie Courics recent comments recommending a Muslim Cosby show to combat anti-Muslim bigotry has been decried by some as a nave, simplistic remedy for the festering sore of Islamophobia in America. However, research and common sense in fact suggest that authentic and accessible American Muslim narratives can emerge as popular, effective tools of cultural diplomacy in helping bridge the divides between Muslim Communities and the U.S. As an expert on cultu article The Middle Easts Turko-Persian future Mohammed Tue, 11 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT The center of gravity in the Middle East has shifted dramatically in the past few decades from the Arab heartland comprising Egypt and the Fertile Crescent to what was once considered the non-Arab periphery -- Turkey and Iran. The exciting era of Arab nationalism in the 1950s and 1960s, especially Nassers nationalization of the Suez Canal and the all too brief union of Egypt with Syria, had made the Arab heartland the symbol par excellence of the reassertion of the Third Worlds dig article The cross and the crescent united Moataz Fri, 07 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT The demonstrations of solidarity between Muslims and Christians in Egypt in the wake of the terrorist bombing that killed 22 Egyptian Christians affirm that the social fragility that plagues so many other Arab societies has not yet taken hold in Egypt. Rare have been the occasions that Christians and Muslims have felt compelled to rally, waiving the crescent and the cross and chanting, We will live together or die! and Egyptians against terrorism! Y article Egypt is Inflating Not Flourishing Moataz Thu, 06 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT With the most recent attacks on an Egyptian church, it is becoming clear that there is an increasing gulf between the ruling partys priorities and national agenda in Egypt. One other example of failure of the ruling elite is the issue of uncontrollable population growth. Most of the severest critics of the ruling National Democratic Party agree with its leaders on prioritizing some issues on the national agenda. One of these urgent issues is population growth. Th article Resist terror with more houses of worship Arsalan Wed, 05 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT With the recent deadly attacks on Christian churches, the maniacal terrorists of al Qaeda seem to be aiming at unraveling the neighborliness among Muslims, Jews and Christians throughout the Middle East that has existed for centuries. In Baghdad, 58 people died in a bomb attack on a church; in Alexandria, Egypt, 21 people were killed and about 80 injured in another bombing. Of course, al Qaeda has not limited its attacks to Christianity. article Can the OIC help to introduce the world to the ummah? H.A. Wed, 05 Jan 2011 00:00:00 GMT More than 40 years ago, in the aftermath of the arson attack on the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, a variety of Muslim governments came together in Rabat. Their aim was to establish a form of Muslim United Nations, which would further their aims as a collective voice of the world-wide Muslim community, the ummah. That aspiration has been adapted over the years to include an Islamic common market, the promotion of human rights and democracy across the Muslim world, an article Lebanon is staring into the abyss Fawaz A. Fri, 31 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT Once again, Lebanon is on the brink of major social and political upheaval. Rumours of an impending armed clash between Hezbollah and the pro-western governing coalition have spread like wildfire among the Lebanese people, who are hoarding food and arms in anticipation of the worst. On the surface of it, the current crisis revolves around a United Nations tribunal set up to investigate the 2005 assassination of prime minister Rafik Hariri in 2005. An indictment from the article Arab Democracy without Foreign Pressures: How Possible? Moataz Wed, 29 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT This issue was raised by a number of researchers who wanted to tackle the necessary conditions for democratization in non-democratic societies. The traditional paradigm was that democratization is closely related to stimulating prerequisites like a minimum level of economic development and consequent conditions like income levels, educational attainment, size of the middle class, in addition to the share of the private sector of local production. However, it is most of the present forty non- article Time to Reboot US-Pakistan Ties Haider Ali Hussein Tue, 28 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT In this second in a series of interviews looking back on 2010, we speak with analyst Haider Mullick about developments in Pakistan. One of the issues that has come up repeatedly this year is the question of the effectiveness of US drone strikes in Pakistan. How do you think these attacks have affected the US-Pakistan relationship? The fallout from US drone strikes in Pakistan isnt limited to the significant but diminishing article Turkish reforms, A Wake-Up Call for Israel Mehmet Sun, 26 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT On September 12, 22 million Turks voted a resounding Yes and thus endorsed a constitutional amendment package that could open wider the door to democratization in the Middle East. Turkeys 26-point referendumwhich will enhance civil liberties and individual rightswas watched closely by hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world, and serves as yet another opportunity for the country to show leadership in the region. As a prominent Arab sc article What did the &National& Party do to the Nation? Moataz Thu, 16 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT There is a huge difference between ruling a state and running a farm or a for-profit company. It is not clear if the ruling elite in the National Democratic party of Egypt heed such a distinction.It is increasingly clear that the major focus of the ruling elite is on economic growth while leaving most other issues and affairs to the security apparatus. However, they overlooked the fact that these important fields are not separated from the general context which includes at least equally im article Vulnerable Muslim youth: the challenge of counter-radicalisation Abbas Tue, 14 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT Many of us are still bewildered by the bizarre news of the 19-year-old Somali-born American citizen, Muhammad Osman Mohamud, arrested on 25 November for attempting to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon. Putting aside questions regarding the nature of the FBIs involvement in this case, it appears that despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent on counter-radicalisation programmes in the United States, Europe and Muslim-majority countries around th article Vulnerable Muslim youth: the challenge of counter-radicalisation Abbas Tue, 14 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT Many of us are still bewildered by the bizarre news of the 19-year-old Somali-born American citizen, Muhammad Osman Mohamud, arrested on 25 November for attempting to bomb a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon. Putting aside questions regarding the nature of the FBIs involvement in this case, it appears that despite hundreds of millions of dollars spent on counter-radicalisation programmes in the United States, Europe and Muslim-majority countries around the world, a article The Only Way to Defeat Terrorism in the Long Term Azeem Tue, 14 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT I do not need to remind anyone of the ten explosions which ripped through trains in central Madrid in March 2004, killing nearly two hundred people and wounding nearly two thousand. But even now, it remains important to ask some questions about the attack. For example: what makes a 16-year old kid help to traffic explosives designed to kill innocent people? What makes a Spaniard like Jose Emilio Surez Trashorras help to supply terrorists with those bombs? What makes some article Media Commentators and Islam: Why do they get it wrong and what is the cost? John Mon, 13 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT A few days ago controversial radio/TV host Glenn Beck, in a stunning display of ignorance if not bigotry, picked a number out of his imagination and declared, without offering any proof, that ten percent of all Muslims (which means 150 million) are terrorists who want to overthrow the U.S. government. Beck is too smart to be that stupid! But, of course, hes smart enough to know hell get lots of attention from his media and internet following.Based on survey research article Karachi’s Ethnic Tinderbox Ahmed Thu, 02 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT Over the last month, Karachi- Pakistans largest city and the center of its commercial and financial life - has witnessed its worst ethnic violence in years. On October 16 a wave of targeted ethnic killings began rolling across the city; four days later, more than 60 people were dead and Karachi had come to a standstill. Since then, the city has been teetering on the brink of even more bloodshed. Why is this violence erupting now? The proximate cause is straightforward. article Leaks Show US Government Always Knew Pakistan was Misusing US Taxpayers Money Azeem Wed, 01 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT The deal President Bush struck with Pakistans General Musharraf seemed straightforward enough: Pakistan would fight terrorists, and the US would pay for it. Islamabad promised to train, equip, and deploy its army and intelligence service in counter-terrorism operations. Washington promised to reimburse it with billions of dollars in weapons, supplies, and cash. And so, over the last eight years, up to $22 billion of US taxpayers money flowed to Pakistan. Last article Wikileak Cables Show Our Whole Afghan Project is Flawed Azeem Wed, 01 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT What will it take for the allies to agree that the Afghan government isnt worth supporting? Ive written in the past about how the weak link in our Afghan strategy is the Afghan government which NATO and our other allies in Afghanistan are defending. The new WikiLeaks cables provides more evidence of government corruption. One cable alleges that the Vice President of Afghanistan -- Zia Massoud -- was stopped in the United Arab Emirates because he wa article Understanding and Combating Muslim Radicalism in the United States Muqtedar Wed, 01 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT The idea that terrorists can and should be fought and defeated abroad so we dont have to face them here at home, an idea that guided the Bush administrations post-9/11 foreign policy, is no longer valid. With over 140 cases of domestic threats and episodes since September 11, 2001, the potential of homegrown terrorism cannot be understated or ignored. policy The United States & Political Islamism: From Demobilization to Deradicalization? Moataz Wed, 01 Dec 2010 00:00:00 GMT By fully understanding the diverse field of political Islam and effectively engaging nonviolent Islamists in a constructive dialogue, Washington can craft a multi-faceted approach prioritizing the demobilization of violent Islamists and applying a principled pragmatic strategy in urging Muslim majority countries to adoptdemocratic reforms. report The Number of MPs Should Be Halved Azeem Tue, 30 Nov 2010 00:00:00 GMT Britain has too many MPs. We have 650 MPs to represent 62 million people. By international standards, thats a lot of MPs to represent not many people. Germany has 46 fewer MPs but a population that is one third bigger. Japan has 176 fewer MPs but about double our population. Russia has 196 fewer MPs but nearly five times our population. Of course, many individual MPs work hard. But there are some rather difficult questions to be answered about their quality on aggregate. article An Original Plan B for the Eurozone Azeem Mon, 29 Nov 2010 00:00:00 GMT So Ireland is the latest recipient of EU bailout money. It is now clear to everyone that the Eurozone is very much a two-tier affair. On the one hand are countries like Germany and France, who remain relatively resilient by European standards. On the other, there are those such as Portugal, Ireland, and Greece (often known by their acronym as the PIGs), whose public finances remain precarious. They are characterized by high deficits (Irelands is almost a third of its total GDP), low article Wikileaks Document Dump Exposes Muslim Governments Hypocrisy Muqtedar Mon, 29 Nov 2010 00:00:00 GMT WikiLeaks is in the process of dramatically transforming foreign affairs and international relations. It is revealing over 250,000 cables from US embassies worldwide to the State department and other classified documents. The consequences of this mega-scoop will be very far reaching indeed. For the United States the issues are both strategic as well as ethical. On a strategic level the leaks -- which expose frank assessment of foreign leaders by senior American offic article The Hajj sermon: a plea to spread peace Muqtedar Mon, 22 Nov 2010 00:00:00 GMT The Hajj sermon this year - one of the highlights of the three-day pilgrimage that millions of Muslims make to Mecca every year - has received special attention in the media all over the Muslim world. Excerpts from the sermon, which condemn terrorism and extremism and advocate moderation, have been reproduced in hundreds of newspapers. Videos of the sermon with English subtitles are circulating widely by email and have been posted on YouTube. It seems that the Muslim world has embraced the m article The Biggest Lies About Islam Azeem Fri, 12 Nov 2010 00:00:00 GMT In recent days, President Obama stood before a crowd of 6,000 people in Indonesia and addressed the deterioration in relations between the Muslim world and the West. In what was seen as a follow-up to his historic address at Cairo University last year, he reaffirmed that bringing the Muslim world and the West together remained a priority. As before, he said that the key to achieving better relations was finding common ground and forging new links which enabled more people from Muslim countri article Its wrong to judge Islam by extremists Azeem Fri, 12 Nov 2010 00:00:00 GMT What prompted Roshonara Choudhry to go to her local MPs surgery last spring and try to murder him? She was, it transpired, a wannabe Islamic extremist terrorist, who believed that her actions were vengeance for her MPs vote for the Iraq war. She had been motivated by watching online videos of a man she described as a scholar - Anwar al Awlaki - who had also helped to motivate, directly or indirectly, the US Army Psychiatrist who killed thirteen people, the article The Lesson of Roshonara Choudhrys Radicalization Azeem Mon, 08 Nov 2010 00:00:00 GMT Every so often, British Members of Parliament -- MPs -- go back to the constituency that voted for them and have a surgery. Like a doctors surgery, it is an opportunity for them to speak to their constituents, listen to their problems, and keep their ear to the ground. Last spring, a young girl, Roshonara Choudhry, went to the surgery of her local MP, and took the opportunity to try to murder him. Her case has been in court over the past month, and she has recently been s article Chaplaincy Services for Muslim Patients in New York City Hospitals: Assessing Needs, Barriers, and the Role of Muslim Chaplains Wahiba Mon, 01 Nov 2010 00:00:00 GMT Spirituality and religious ritual offer comfort and solace to hospital patients and their families. Chaplains employed by hospitals are often expected to minister to non-Judeo-Christian faith groups; as the Muslim community in the United States is aging, the need for Muslim chaplains and for better training of chaplains becomes more urgent.In Wahiba Abu-Rass seminal study, Chaplaincy Services for Muslim Patients in New York City Hospitals: Assessing Needs, Barriers, a report Domestic violence: a global problem, not a religious one John Sun, 31 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT An Oct. 28Times Editorialhit the nail on the head by noting that the United Nations newly released report, The Worlds Women, makes a disturbing point: Violence against women remains a stubborn problem around the world. The reminder is timely. Voters in Oklahoma and Louisiana will decide Tuesday on ballot initiatives that would prevent Sharia law from entering the court systems; protecting womens rights is cited as a reason, because Islami article NPR right to fire Juan Williams Arsalan Fri, 22 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT Imagine for a moment that there was a prominent American conservative journalist who ignorantly disparaged an entire minority group on national television, got fired for it by the nations largest public radio media organization and then still managed to pull down a $2 million payday with the television network where he made the remarks. Man, it must be nice to be Juan Williams. A quick recap: Williams, a National Public Radio news analyst, appea article Foreign Policy Stakes in the Congressional Race in Delaware Muqtedar Tue, 19 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT I interviewed Glen Urquhart the Republican candidate for the Delaware Congressional seat and his opponent John Carney, the Democratic nominee on foreign policy. My conversations with them provided insights into their personality, values and their vision for American foreign policy. Glen Urquhart, a wealthy businessman with some Washington experience, is primarily a one of each candidate. He has one domestic policy issue, the burgeoning national debt, and one interna article The Eight Reasons why the UKs Strategic Defence Review must not Savage its Military Azeem Fri, 15 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT Every decade or so, Britain conducts a full-scale review of its defense arrangements. The aim of the review is, self-evidently, to make sure that Britain is adequately defended over the coming years. You might think that the best way to go about a risk assessment for Britain as a whole would be, like risk-assessments in any other area of life, to assess the potential risks to Britain and its interests, and then decide what the government needed to spend to guard against them. article Negotiations with the Taliban Point to a Need to Leave Afghanistan Azeem Wed, 13 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT A few years ago the political consensus on Afghanistan was that either the Taliban would win by clearing Afghanistan of the allies, or the allies would win by clearing Afghanistan of the Taliban and denying terrorists a safe haven. The final nail was plunged into the coffin of that consensus last week, with the news that Hamid Karzai was in high-level discussions with representatives of the Taliban. It was believed that the talks have escalated, as for the first time the Taliban article History Shows How Governments Chart a Course for Growth Azeem Fri, 08 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT Abu Dhabi has recognised that innovation does not translate into economic growth on its own. Governments must help it along. Governments must learn the alchemy of policy, institutions, and governmental support that will keep an economy growing; Abu Dhabis leaders have done so. So what better place than Abu Dhabi for the recent Aspen Innovation Summit? I was at this weeks event, which brought together policy-makers and innovators from all over the world and helped to provide templat article Is France Leading Europe Towards a Future When Discrimination Against Minorities is the Norm? Azeem Wed, 06 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT With an estimated 10 million citizens in the EU, the Romani (or Roma) are Europes largest minority. Seen as perennial outsiders, they are discriminated against in Romania and Bulgaria no less than in France and Italy. Now -- suffering in the polls -- Frances President Sarkozy has ordered that the police clear 300 camps of people, explicitly ordering them to discriminate against the Romani ones. It is an intensification of a trend which has seen 8,000 people deported fro article Not In Our Neighborhood: Managing Opposition to Mosque Construction Kathleen E. Fri, 01 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT Opposition to mosque-building did not begin with the furor over the Islamic center intended for lower Manhattan, but that event demonstrated the increased vitriol against Muslims building or expanding their houses of worship. ISPU Fellow Kathleen E. Foley&s report "Not in Our Neighborhood: Managing Opposition to Mosque Construction" describes the RLUIPA laws relating to land use and development for religious communities; using three case studies, she offers examples for simplifying the process for both the applicants and the municipal board members hearing the cases. The report makes recommendations for sound practices and training before proposals are heard, advises municipal boards and related parties on how best to shepherd proposals, and gives basic information about Muslim practice as it applies to building and land use. report Building Mosques In America: Strategies for Securing Municipal Approvals Kathleen E. Fri, 01 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT Mosque-building in America has been contentious for as long as it has occurred -- communities familiar with opposition during mid-to-late 20th century building projects may be surprised to find that land use laws now specifically protect religious groups from racist or xenophobic exclusion from neighborhoods. ISPU Fellow Kathleen E. Foley&s report Building Mosques in America: Strategies for Securing Municipal Approvals uses case studies to demonstrate successful building and development. report Al Qaeda and Pakistan: Current Role and Future Considerations Haider Ali Hussein Fri, 01 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT In his latest report, ISPU Fellow Haider Mullick, examines Al Qaeda&s emerging strategy in Pakistan, its regional and global impact, and lays out policy guidelines for the United States and international partners. Mullick conducted extensive field research in Pakistan, where he engaged with numerous U.S. and Pakistani military, intelligence and civilian analysts and practitioners. report How to Improve the United States Image in the Muslim World Image Report_Azeem_Ibrahim_and_Mehmet_Celebi.pdf Azeem Fri, 01 Oct 2010 00:00:00 GMT President Barack Obama&s first televised interview after his inauguration was with the Arabic-language channel Al Arabia. Many interpreted that landmark event as proof positive of the president&s promised intent to facilitate good relations with Muslim-majority countries. Some have already offered advice on improving America&s reputation with Muslims, and others are not yet convinced of the necessity to do so. ISPU Fellows Azeem Ibrahim and Mehmet Celebi&s report The Biggest Argument Against Staying in Afghanistan: Somalia Azeem Mon, 27 Sep 2010 00:00:00 GMT Traditionally, one of the strongest arguments for the allied deployment in Afghanistan was that it kept us safe. The argument was a simple one: Afghanistan had played host to bin Laden and Al Qaeda in the run up to 9/11. Left alone, the country would continue to be a safe haven from where terrorists could plot attacks against the West. Our presence there denied the terrorists of the space they needed to plan new attacks on us. In the years immediately following 9/11, you ba article Hard Work, Not Just Ideals, Will Defeat Bigotry in the West H.A. Thu, 16 Sep 2010 00:00:00 GMT When September 11 happened, no one doubted that the world had changed. The greatest fear was that the anger of the American people would be directed at innocent Muslims who had nothing to do with the attack. Almost a decade later, the evidence is overwhelming. Muslim Americans increasingly feel like a suspect community. That feeling intensified after the Fort Hood incident, when Major Nidal Hasan killed 12 people, but it was there long before. The U article Whats Behind the Negative Characterization of Muslims? Asma Fri, 10 Sep 2010 00:00:00 GMT After two months of traveling abroad, Imam Rauf, the Chairman of the Cordoba Initiative and the leader of the Farah Mosque in Lower Manhattan, returned this week to the American mainland. His return and subsequent defense of the Initiative mark the unfolding of a new chapter in the ongoing saga surrounding the so-called Ground Zero Mosque, and the general fear-mongering and emotional hype that has characterized public discussions about Muslims in America lately. Pe article Imam in the Middle, But Is He in the Center? Aasim Sun, 05 Sep 2010 00:00:00 GMT As the Park51 community center and mosque project near Ground Zero is painted as an issue of the rights and future of the American Muslim community, Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf has been challenged to demonstrate that he is a moderate voice for Islam. By portraying the mosque issue as one of American Muslim rights the community is forced to align itself with an Imam who may not represent our true center. article Only the U.S. Has the Clout to Make Mideast Peace Farid Thu, 02 Sep 2010 00:00:00 GMT As Israelis and Palestinians resume direct peace negotiations later this week, for the first time in 20 months, the United States must continue to actively engage in the process and make a determined effort to broker a final peace settlement.A hands-off approach to the conflict, as President George W. Bush learned late in his second term, only makes our broader foreign policy aims in the region more difficult to achieve. Finding a solution to the conflict remains central to ou article Los Angeles Mosques: Institutionalize Charity and Service Zaid Wed, 01 Sep 2010 00:00:00 GMT The spirit of public service and volunteerism is a part of every Muslim community, though the level of activism, events, and regular commitments ranges vastly. ISPU Fellow Zaid Adhami surveyed Los Angeles-area mosques and Muslim organizations to determine the services they provide and their motivations for doing so. The mosque providing the least amount of service still offered zakat (charity) to needy Muslims, and regardless of the number of services or service events they sp report Understanding Shariah: A Tale of Two Popes Sherman Sun, 29 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT While it started out as a minor footnote, opposition to shariah has now morphed into the mantra by which many justifed their opposition to the so-called Ground Zero mosque.On a recentvisit to Cairo, two popes, one Catholic, the other Coptic, expressed almost mutually contradictory sentiments about shariah. While it started out as a minor footnote, opposition to shariah has now morphed into the mantra by which many justifed the article Islam and Human Rights: Why Its Up to the Muslim Community to Prove Itself Asma Fri, 27 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT My legal and advocacy work both in the U.S. and abroad has given me the unique opportunity to view challenges faced by the Muslim community in multifarious socio-political settings. What is clear to me is that the challenges faced, and to be faced in the coming century, by the Muslim community require the utilization of the same individual and societal instruments under evaluation. These include the appropriate and permissible application of individual and communal freedoms, the freedom as a article Turning Our Back on Religious Freedom Hurts All Americans Sahar Tue, 24 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT The political backlash and opportunism surrounding President Obamas defense of Muslims First Amendment rights jeopardizes religious freedom for all Americans. On August 13, 2010, the White House sponsored the annual Iftar, a tradition started by President Clinton in 1996, commemorating the month of Ramadan. Diplomats, members of Congress, and community leaders from diverse backgrounds celebrated Americas venerable support for religious diversity and freedom. article Pride and Prejudice at Park51 Muqtedar Tue, 24 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT The Park51 controversy has brought many dark elements to the fore. To my mind the foremost danger is the mainstreaming of a pernicious partnership between prejudice and politics. Come December, the politicians will abandon the issue and the bigots, strengthened and empowered by their political salience, will continue to spew their venom against the mosque. But sadly until November, we will be forced to witness an ugly and hateful vulgarity on display, as the GOP uses hate as a article Religious Freedom, Free Speech Face Off Nationwide Arsalan Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT Its happening not just in New York, but all around the country. Protests targeting mosques and Islamic gathering places, similar to those against the proposed Muslim community center near ground zero, are on the rise. Anti-Islamic rhetoric appears to be increasing on blogs, talk radio and in political campaigns, too. Local opposition to new mosques is nothing new, but usually at least publicly, anyway the critics complain about increase article Build the Mosque or Burn the Quran? It Hurts Some, But it is Constitutional Zareena Mon, 23 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT "Allahu Akbar." This prayer conjures up a beautiful memory for me; these were the first words whispered in my newborn daughters ear moments after she was born in Manhattan. I understand that for most Manhattanites these words probably conjure up dark memories of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Like many Americans, I have been following the 24-hour news cycle on the so-called "Ground Zero Mosque" controversy with grave interest. article Islamophobia in America: Where Do We Go From Here? John Sun, 22 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT It is a matter of principle and not the personalities involved. They may be doing it for all the wrong reasons, but we are being attacked simply and only for not knowing our place, not being sufficiently sorry for a crime we didnt commit. Its like we need to assume some collective guilt for 9/11 and act accordingly. These words of an American citizen, who also happens to be a successful Muslim professional, aptly summarizes the frustrations of many Muslims article Lessons from Both Sides of the Atlantic on Tackling Islamic Radicalization Azeem Mon, 16 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT I recently had the honor of being invited to the Pentagon to meet the US Assistant Deputy Secretary of Defense and the Deputy National Security Adviser from the White House. Although I have been to Congress and met a sitting President, I had never, until now, visited the Pentagon. I have to confess that my first impressions of it were that it was just like it is portrayed in the movies! You walk past guys looking at big screens with maps of who- article Lessons to Learn From the Failures of Britains Attempt to Engage Muslims Azeem Mon, 16 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT In its efforts to fight terror, Britain has got one thing right: it has understood that success does not depend on killing or arresting terrorists. That is a short-term solution at best. Success is about reducing the motivation to radicalize. One thing it has got wrong, however, is how to go about doing that. A Parliamentary committee has just finished a six-month investigation into a program set up by the British government to engage Muslims and help prevent radicalization. It was s article Why Pakistan Plays a Double Game Fawaz A. Sun, 15 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT On a recent visit to India, British Prime Minister David Cameron had this to say about Pakistan, historically a close friend of the Wests: We cannot tolerate in any sense the idea that this country is allowed to look both ways and is able, in any way, to promote the export of terror, whether to India or whether to Afghanistan or anywhere else in the world. Seen by the Pakistani government as a slap in the face, Camerons remarks article Drop the Charges Against Anwar Ibrahim Azeem Sat, 14 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT Anwar Ibrahim is the leader of Malaysias opposition. Since reemerging in Malaysian politics in 2007 he has done well, quadrupling the new opposition coalitions representation in Parliament, winning 47% of the popular vote, and taking control of six of Malaysias fourteen states and territories in the March 2008 elections. He has become the biggest threat to the sitting governments 53-years of uninterrupted rule. Perhaps that is why article United States of Islamophobia? Arsalan Thu, 12 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT Almost everybody has heard about the protests against the mosque and Islamic center planned to be built about two blocks from ground zero in Manhattan. But most people are still unaware that these anti-Muslim political campaigns are spreading throughout our beloved country as a new wave of Islamophobia hits. Debate over the Islamic center has become ridiculously absurd. An ad objecting to the mosque depicts a plane flying toward the World Trade Cente article US Public Diplomacy: Winning the Hearts and Minds of Muslims Farid Thu, 12 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT Senator John Kerry (D-MA), chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced legislation to create a professional exchange program between the U.S. and Muslim-majority countries. The International Professional Exchange Act of 2010 (S. 3688) will “establish a two-way professional exchange program between the United States and select Muslim-majority countries to promote career development and cross-cultural understanding for young to mid-career professionals.” article A World Without Islam Graham Wed, 11 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT In this wide-ranging historical text, Fuller, former vice chairman of the National Intelligence Council at the CIA, suggests that many of the current tensions that exist between the East and the West have geopolitical rather than religious origins and that these tensions would have arisen in a book Rebuttal to Josh Trevino on Anwar Ibrahims Trial Azeem Wed, 11 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT In Malaysia, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been put on trial for sodomy. In the main, the Western political establishment is skeptical about the trial, believing it to be a politically motivated attempt to remove the popular opposition leader from the political scene before he can take power. As is the Malaysian public. Only 11 percent believe the charge, and 88 percent think its a political conspiracy. Public Relations professional Joshua article True Islam will Lead us Away from Terrorism Azeem Wed, 11 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT I recently had the honour of being invited to the Pentagon to meet the US assistant deputy secretary of defence and the deputy national security advisor from the White House. Although I have been to Congress and met a sitting president, I had never, until now, visited the Pentagon. My first impressions of it were that it was just like it is portrayed in the movies. You walk past guys looking at big screens with maps of who- article The other Islam controversy in NYC Asma Tue, 10 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT On the eve of Ramadan, the holiest month for Muslims, two major debates around Muslims rights are taking place in New York City. One about the so-called Ground Zero Mosque, the other over whether to include Muslim holidays, including the post-Ramadan celebration, Eid-ul-Fitr, in the public school calendar. Last September, a broad coalition of religious, labor and immigrant groups began pressing New York City officials to close all public schools during two importan article Don&t Let Anyone Fool You that the WikiLeaks Affair Is Not Important Azeem Wed, 04 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT Of all the responses to the recent WikiLeaks affair, one of the most interesting was the argument that the leaks actually are not a big deal. The idea seems to be that the political damage from the leaks to the governments who have supported the war can be minimized by arguing that what has been leaked is simply not all that important. Probably the best proponent of this view was an op ed from a fellow at the Center for a New American Security in the New York Times. article Why Would the Pakistani Intelligence Support the Taliban Azeem Tue, 03 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT One of the most disturbing aspects of the revelations contained in WikiLeaks is the picture it paints of the behavior of Pakistan. Pakistan, it seems, has been playing a double game, assuring the US that it is doing what it can to tackle the fundamentalist militancy within its borders, taking incredible quantities of US aid in both cash and kind, but not only allowing militancy to flourish within its borders, but also, the leaks show, toler article GOP Candidates& Viral Fear Mongering John Sun, 01 Aug 2010 00:00:00 GMT In recent weeks, Republican candidates have jumped on a bandwagon, appealing to racist attitudes towards Islam and Muslims as a political wedge to gain electoral votes in the coming November elections. Bogus charges in 2008 that Barack Obama was a Muslim, as if that should discredit him, is an example of an Islamophobia that is still being used as a political strategy today. This form of political hate speech was addressed by Colin Powell in his endorsement of Obama when article A Womans Right to Choose Should Trump Niqab Ban H.A Sat, 31 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT Several years ago, it was clear that British Muslim communities were beginning to view themselves differently in relation to wider society. The dominant discourse was no longer about “finding space” or about “integrating”. Instead, Muslims were identifying themselves as individuals and as communities that were integral to British society – instead of viewing themselves as yet another ingredient in the salad bowl, they could be the sauce that improved the entire flavour.Back then, the article A Womans Right to Choose Should Trump Niqab Ban H.A. Sat, 31 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT Several years ago, it was clear that British Muslim communities were beginning to view themselves differently in relation to wider society. The dominant discourse was no longer about finding space or about integrating. Instead, Muslims were identifying themselves as individuals and as communities that were integral to British society instead of viewing themselves as yet another ingredient in the salad bowl, they could be the sauce that improved the ent article Islamophobia and the Muslim Center at Ground Zero John Mon, 19 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT The proposal by the Cordoba Initiative to build an Islamic center near Ground Zero has drawn major media attention and engendered fierce debate. Right-wing political commentators, politicians, hard-line Christian ministers, bloggers and some families of 9/11 victims have charged that it is insensitive to 9/11 families, dishonors memories of the victims and will be a monument to terrorism. But here are the facts:The center is not at Ground Zero but two blo article If We Really Want to Make Poverty History, We Must Abolish the EU&s Common Agricultural Policy Azeem Mon, 19 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT In Zugu, a small village in Ghana, most of the children are hungry most of the time. If you visited, the first thing you would notice is that the children go through their days - school, play, sleep - with stomachs which are swollen from malnutrition. Zugu was not like this a few decades ago. Some of the women sometimes buy sacks of rice grain from the farmers. They take it down to the river to wash it, build a fire over to steam it so that the outer husk falls away, article Delegitimizing Civil Society: Why the Supreme Court Got It Wrong in Humanitarian Law Project Sahar Fri, 16 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT (American Constitution Society) Days before Secretary Clinton urged foreign governments to promote rule of law through an independent civil society; the U.S. Supreme Court struck a blow to American civil societys commitment to international human rights. In Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project (HLP), the Court ruled it is unlawful to train organizations designated as terrorist on how to resolve their disputes through peaceful means. Allowing Americans to provide trainin article Veil Ban a Symbol of Hypocrisy, Fear Mohammed Thu, 15 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT The French National Assembly has just done a huge favor to those elements in the Muslim world that thrive on anti-Westernism. By voting to ban the veil in public places -- a move that brings a draft bill closer to becoming law -- it has transformed a minor social irritant for a section of the French public into a major political issue. In doing so, it is feeding worldwide Muslim resentment against the West almost on par with the occupation of the Palestinian territories and th article There is No Military Solution to Afghan Problem Azeem Sat, 10 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT SINCE 2001, some 1,000 Americans have died in Afghanistan. More than 300 Brits have met their deaths there - more than the number who fell defending the Falklands. Months after the Obama administrations surge of 30,000 US troops and our contribution of 500, the situation is as follows: the Taleban insurgency has not declined or remained static, but has increased, even installing shadow local governments. The Karzai government controls only 29 out of 121 strategic districts. article Cricket a Mirror of Global Politics? Muqtedar Sat, 10 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT Cricket, though not very popular in America is the worlds second most popular sport after soccer. In the past two years the developments in the cricketing world have pointed to some fascinating shifts in global realities. For nearly a century and a half, England held sway over the cricket world, mirroring Pax Britannica. But as the empires declined and third world nations became independent, more and more former colonies started to compete favorably and even defeat England on article Why give with one hand and take away with the other? Azeem Sat, 10 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT However much the government is going to cut from the defence budget, the schools budget, and the pensions budget, it is not going to take anything away from the international development budget. What are we to make of this? When it was announced, it seemed to be a political move, to bolster the argument that the Conservative party had changed, that it was no longer the nasty party, and that its agenda really was something centrist voters could support. Now, after the article Pakistan’s Suspicious Public Ahmed Fri, 09 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT A series of militant attacks over the last week have sparked widespread anger in Pakistan. Suicide bombers killed 62 people at government offices in the tribal agency of Mohmand today, and last Friday, over 40 worshippers died in an extremist attack on the shrine of Hazrat Data Ganj Baksh, the countrys most important Sufi place of worship. In Pakistan, however, much of this outrage has been directed at Washington and Islamabad rather than at the terrorists. Am article Iran Must Halt Woman&s Death by Stoning Arsalan Wed, 07 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT Washington (CNN) -- It is clearly stated in Article 5 of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights that, No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Adopted in 1948 by the U.N. General Assembly, in addition to outlawing torture categorically, this international treaty was to be used as a common standard for international law and outlined -- for the first time ever -- fundamental human rights to be p article US Power Seduced Blair and Goldsmith into Iraq War Azeem Thu, 01 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT An invasion of Iraq without the green light from the UN Security Council would be a crime of aggression. That was the verdict of Sir Michael Wood, senior legal adviser at the Foreign Office in 2003. And that is what he wrote to then Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw. So how did he, and Tony Blair, come to believe that it would be not just not be a crime of aggression, but that it would be perfectly legal? This week, the release of legal advice by then-UK Attorn article Who is the Champion of Hypocrisy Muqtedar Thu, 01 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT Yes, we Muslims are hypocritical. We demand equality under the law wherever we live as minorities and practice systematic inequality wherever we are in power. In most Muslim societies men and women, Muslims and non-Muslims, are treated unequally by law. Sometimes culture and sometimes religion is used as cover to privilege the rights of Muslim men over all others. Even in societies where there is no democracy and absence of rights is a chronic condition, Muslim men still suffe article The Next War? The Danger of the Lebanese-Israeli Border Igniting War.pdf Fawaz A. Thu, 01 Jul 2010 00:00:00 GMT In an important and alarming report to the U.N. Security Council in early July 2010, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon warned that rising tensions between Lebanon and Israel could lead to a new war with potentially devastating consequences for the entire region He cited dozens of examples whereby the two warring camps - Israel and Hezbollah - almost came to blows and accused them of violating the 2006 cease-fire resolution that ended the 34-day war in 2006: Hezbollah maintains a substantia policy Journey into America: The Challenge of Islam Akbar Tue, 15 Jun 2010 00:00:00 GMT Nearly seven million Muslims live in the United States today, and their relations with non-Muslims are strained. Many Americans associate Islam with figures such as Osama bin Laden, and they worry about homegrown terrorists. To shed light on this increasingly important religious group and counter book The myth of Irans Twitter revolution Abbas Fri, 11 Jun 2010 00:00:00 GMT Its been a full year since I had the privilege of witnessing and writing about Irans fateful election. However, I am still left wondering which story is more lasting the actual political upheaval that tore through Iranian society or the worldwide media frenzy that misread most of it. A year after trashing the line between analysis and advocacy, most experts and media personalities are backpedalling after getting the story so wrong. While the error of indulging i article Future Trends and Challenges to UK Security Azeem Fri, 11 Jun 2010 00:00:00 GMT Before it took office, both parties in the current British government promised to conduct a new Strategic Defense Review. These are a traditional once-a-decade assessment of what Britains national interests are, and how best to defend them in the coming years. Over the course of the Cold War and in its aftermath, the threats to Britains security changed but their nature remained broadly similar: traditional interstate warfare, threats to trade routes, nucle article The Middle East at a Crossroads: Gaza Protests trigger regional realignment Fawaz A. Tue, 08 Jun 2010 00:00:00 GMT LONDON: The deadly Israeli raid on a flotilla bringing relief to besieged Gaza has brought the simmering crisis to a dangerous boil. One swift move deprived Israel of a valuable ally, Turkey, and boosted Irans position in the region while throwing doubt about US President Barack Obamas much heralded new approach to the Islamic world. The crisis also offers opportunity for a fresh beginning in resolving the crisis and turning back from an abyss of desperate violence. article Unenlightenment and the Holy Land Arsalan Mon, 07 Jun 2010 00:00:00 GMT (CNN) -- As a global community, we would probably like to believe that our ongoing human experiment has been driven by the enlightened advancement of collective human thought. Because as Mahatma Gandhi said, I have nothing new to teach the world....Truth and nonviolence are as old as the hills. Yet the current mix of perpetual war and poverty, extremist terrorism and global racism raises the question of whether the human race has completely lost its collective mind article Ease Restrictions on Charitable Giving Sahar Fri, 04 Jun 2010 00:00:00 GMT (CNN) -- A year ago on June 4 in Cairo, Egypt, President Obama pledged to ease rules that impede American Muslims ability to engage in charitable giving. His laudable commitment was in response to donors fears of donating to humanitarian causes abroad, especially in conflict zones where aid is most needed. One year later, the draconian legal regime remains unaltered. Not only are donors still afraid to donate, but past donations collected for charitable purposes article Addressing Health Issues Among American Muslims in the Military Hamada Tue, 01 Jun 2010 00:00:00 GMT The tragic shootings at the Fort Hood Army Base in Texas have augmented the need for adequate mental health services for American Muslims in the United States Armed Forces. One of the most significant needs facing American Muslims is that of trained, culturally and spiritually sensitive mental health professionals and counselors. Several policy recommendations are suggested to improve access to mental health services and properly care for those who may be at a higher risk for emotional distr report Tackling Muslim Radicalization: Lessons from Scotland - Radicalization Report.pdf Azeem Tue, 01 Jun 2010 00:00:00 GMT An authentic Islamic education may be part of the solution rather than the problemin the effort totackle Muslim radicalization. Reducing the motivation for Muslims to radicalize in the first place comprises the main objective of the Scotland-based SOLAS Foundation.By educating young Muslims in authentic Islam, the SOLAS Foundation enables them to recognize any radical interpretations that they may come upon in the future by means of several cheap, sim report White House Needs to Rethink Weak US Response to Israeli Attack John Tue, 01 Jun 2010 00:00:00 GMT The U.S. State Department response, Free Gaza Flotilla, to Israels unwarranted attack is tepid and one-sided, reminiscent of statements issued by the George W. Bush administration with the quiet approval of the Israeli government. It undermines the credibility of the Obama administration globally and especially in the Muslim world. While one cannot underestimate the many crises on the presidents plate and the political pressures the administration faces o article The Truth About Drones - Sun, 30 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT Failed Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad says he was driven by anger over dozens of unmanned drone attacks that he witnessed during his most recent five-month visit to his home in Pakistan. That seems a plausible enough motive, particularly since he joins a growing list of homegrown U.S. terror suspects who have cited the escalation of U.S. military operations on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border in general, or in the drone attacks in particular. They include U.S. resident Najibullah Zazi, the A article Rethinking Islamic Reform: Finding Tough Answers the Hard Way Abbas Wed, 26 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT From face veils in France to wannabe terrorists in Times Square, the question of how to fix Islam has become a normal but urgent question these days. The same question reigns in Muslim majority countries, where cultural forces clash between the hyper secular and the religiously retrograde. Today, Oxford University weighs in on the issue with its headline event, Rethinking Islamic Reform. The event hosts a conversation between the infamous Tariq Ramadan and the less controversial article British Universities Need to Invest to Be The Best Azeem Tue, 25 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT Last week, a cry of fear went up from some of Britain&s best universities. Oxford and Cambridge Universities both asked to be allowed to charge more for their courses, and the Russell Group (the representatives of the top 20 universities in the country), called for the cap on fees to be abolished. The student unions have long called for an end to student fees (they want students to pay for university with a graduate tax), so why are the universities pulling in th article Hamas, Syria and Charie Rose Muqtedar Tue, 25 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT From May 29 to June 4th, The World Council of Churches, an organization representing 349 Churches and 550 million Christians, Worldwide is dedicating a week to advocacy, prayer and education for peace in Palestine and Israel ( Among various initiatives, these churches will pray together with churches living under Israeli occupation. This article can be seen as my expression of solidarity with half a billion Christians who pray for a just peace in the Middle article The Cruelty of Britains Craven Extradition Policy Azeem Tue, 25 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT When the history of Anglo-American relations is written, the few years after 9/11 will be remembered for Tony Blair assuring George Bush that Britain stood shoulder to shoulder with America. With the smoking debris of the twin towers relatively fresh in the memory, there were dark murmurings about organized terrorist groups seeking nuclear material in Pakistan and sub-Saharan Africa. Colin Powell solemnly assured the UN that the United States had evidence that Saddam article Pakistans Facebook ban protects the violent Asma Fri, 21 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT On Wednesday, Pakistans Lahore High Court ordered the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) to ban Facebook, YouTube and Wikipedia until May 31, when the court will conduct a hearing on whether to make the temporary ban permanent. The ban is a response to growing sacrilegious content on these sites, including most prominently the Facebook group Everybody Draw Muhammad Day! This group is itself a response to the recent South Park debacle invol article Most victims of Muslim religious persecution are other Muslims Asma Fri, 21 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT Religious persecution in Muslim countries has gotten a lot of ink lately, but whats been mostly overlooked is that Muslims themselves are the most frequent victims of that persecution. Members of minority religions are hurt disproportionately, owing largelyto the governments failure to prosecute crimes committed against theseindividuals. But in terms of sheer numbers, it is Muslims of minority sects or Muslim dissidents who are most consistently victimize article Government and Entrepreneurs - Wed, 19 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT President Obama’s recent summit on entrepreneurship in the Muslim world demonstrated that governments and entrepreneurs can and must work together to create opportunity. Governments are often perceived as obstacles to entrepreneurship, not necessary partners. This is understandable given the bureaucratic hurdles entrepreneurs must overcome while growing their enterprise. The Arab and Muslim world is having its own conversations about governments and entrepreneurship. In March Dubai hosted the article Government and Entrepreneurs Moushumi Wed, 19 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT President Obamas recent summit on entrepreneurship in the Muslim world demonstrated that governments and entrepreneurs can and must work together to create opportunity. Governments are often perceived as obstacles to entrepreneurship, not necessary partners. This is understandable given the bureaucratic hurdles entrepreneurs must overcome while growing their enterprise. The Arab and Muslim world is having its own conversations about governments and entrepreneurship. In March D article American Muslims Must Be on Guard Against Radicalization Muqtedar Tue, 18 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT Faisal Shahzad, Major Nidal Hassan and Anwar Awlaki: Is it now official that American Muslims too have become radicalized and are well on their way to becoming Al Qaeda in America? The recent incidents involving American Muslims may suggest so, and it has triggered panicky responses from Sen. Joe Lieberman and Sen. John McCain, who have called for the suspension of the Fifth Amendment of the Bill of Rights (Mirandization). I guess their line of thinking is: article Choked Pipes: Reforming Pakistan&s Mixed Health System Sania Sun, 16 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT The title of this book underscores the importance of a key point through its analogy with a "choked pipe"--systems plagued by systemic challenges simply cannot deliver on desired public policy endpoints. Within this context, Choked Pipes is the first consolidated review of Pakistan&s health system book Proportional Representation Is Like A Box Of Chocolates: You Never Know What Youre Going to Get Azeem Fri, 14 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT Now that Britain has a coalition, electoral reform is more likely than ever. And yet the post-electoral dithering and huddling is a better argument against proportional representation (PR) than we have had in a long time. The man in the street is entitled to expect that an election produces a government. Even days after election night, we still didnt have one. PR would mean that this disappointing inconclusiveness, this national post-electoral ditherin article Shahzads Story Doesnt Fit the Tired Narrative H.A. Thu, 13 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT Mr Shahzad had peered critically at a glass of whiskey the friend was holding, indicating a judgemental stance typical for rigid jihadis The New York Times, May 6. The Mr Shahzad referred to here is, of course, Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American accused of trying to set off a car bomb in New Yorks Times Square, and this snippet from The New York Times is just one of the many examples of misjudgements and bad commentary that riddled the airwaves article Shahzad&s Story Doesn&t Fit the Tired Narrative H.A Thu, 13 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT “Mr Shahzad had peered critically at a glass of whiskey the friend was holding, indicating a judgemental stance typical for rigid jihadis”The New York Times, May 6The “Mr Shahzad” referred to here is, of course, Faisal Shahzad, the Pakistani-American accused of trying to set off a car bomb in New York’s Times Square, and this snippet from The New York Times is just one of the many examples of misjudgements and bad commentary that riddled the airwaves and the print media after his atte article Cost of Germany Bailing Out Greece is Damaging to the Euro Azeem Wed, 05 May 2010 00:00:00 GMT IMAGINE the following scenario. A council in a far-flung corner of England has, over a number of years, been quietly committing fiscal suicide. It is up to its neck in debt. It has failed to balance its budget for enough consecutive years to be seriously bankrupt. It has lied about its accounts so often that its members dont see anything strange about it any more. And its hard to see how it can raise much money in future years, as informal barriers to entry make it a no-go article No-Name Radicals Vs.South Park Just a Distraction Arsalan Mon, 26 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT (CNN) -- Free speech issues and portrayals of Islam needlessly stirred a hornets nest recently when South Park depicted the Prophet Mohammed disguised in a bear suit in the 200th episode of the popular Comedy Central TV show. But what many people dont realize is that the shows creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, already used an image of Mohammed on South Park without any strife whatsoever in a July 2001 episode called Super Best Friends. article UK Muslims need a political, not a security, strategy H.A Tue, 13 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT The ruling Labour party in the UK seems set, if the opinion polls are to be believed, to either lose the upcoming election to the centre-right Conservatives, or to continue weakened in a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. Muslims across the world are watching closely, as well they should. The Tories will be quick to point out that while it was under a Conservative government that Kuwait was liberated, it was under a Labour government that Iraq was invaded. Labour could just as quickly argue article UK Muslims Need a Political, Not a Security, Strategy H.A. Tue, 13 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT The ruling Labour party in the UK seems set, if the opinion polls are to be believed, to either lose the upcoming election to the centre-right Conservatives, or to continue weakened in a coalition with the Liberal Democrats. Muslims across the world are watching closely, as well they should. The Tories will be quick to point out that while it was under a Conservative government that Kuwait was liberated, it was under a Labour government that Iraq was invaded. Labour could jus article Creating More Entrepreneurs Azeem Fri, 09 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT I am concerned about Scotlands economic health. Last year our economy shrank by 3.2 per cent and, long-term, its rate of growth is sluggish compared to what history shows us to be capable of. Part of the reason for this is simply that because of globalisation, manufacturing jobs have gone to countries where wages and capital are cheaper. If we carry on like this, we risk slipping even further down the global league table. To improve our econo article Obama Must Tell It Like It Is On Afghanistan Azeem Thu, 08 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT Think back to the summer of 2009. The world waited as President Obama had meeting after meeting with his military chiefs to decide what strategy to take in Afghanistan. Speculation mounted. Was he going to escalate the conflict, as General McChrystal wanted? Or was he going to accept that no foreign force had ever fully pacified Afghanistan, and that given the mounting cost and public opposition, he would begin to end the other war that President Bush started? He had, after all, won on a article Why the UKs Approach to Anti-Extremism is Counterproductive Azeem Tue, 06 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT A CROSS-PARTY committee of MPs has just finished a six-month investigation into the governments anti-radicalisation programme. It is supposed to help Muslims stand up to any young people who are tempted by extremist perversions of Islam into violence, and to encourage them to turn away from that path. Its conclusion? Its not working. Worse, in fact, the committee claims it is actually doing exactly the opposite of what it was meant to do. The main problem t article Theres Nothing to Discuss on the Falklands Sovereignty Azeem Mon, 05 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT Last week saw the largest anti-British protest in Argentinas capital Buenos Aires since the Falklands War in 1982. The event drew thousands of people onto the streets amid controversy over the UKs decision to drill for oil in the areas surrounding the islands. Despite the British having liberated the islands in 1982 after a brief Argentinean occupation, Buenos Aires has always maintained that the Falklands, or Malvinas as they call them, are part of Argenti article Protecting Speech, Preserving Charity Sahar Fri, 02 Apr 2010 00:00:00 GMT (The American ConstitutionSociety) The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard argument in Humanitarian Law Project v. Holder. The plaintiffs, a human rights organization and a retired federal judge, sought to teach international human rights law and provide training on nonviolent conflict resolution to the Kurdistan Workers Party and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. Both organizations are designated as terrorist by the U.S. government. Oral argument focuse article Missing Voices in the Swiss Debate On Minarets Ban H.A. Mon, 29 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT Youre tired of talking about this, arent you? Its been several months since the Swiss shocked Europe by passing a constitutional amendment to ban the building of minarets. Yet again, issues related to Muslims have revealed the ugly side of Europe. Frankly, its getting tiring pointing it out. But it took on a new resonance when the US state department, in its latest collection of human rights reports, drew attention to this phenomenon sweeping Europe. That the b article Missing Voices in the Swiss Debate On Minarets Ban - Mon, 29 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT ‘You’re tired of talking about this, aren’t you?” It’s been several months since the Swiss shocked Europe by passing a constitutional amendment to ban the building of minarets. Yet again, issues related to Muslims have revealed the ugly side of Europe. Frankly, it’s getting tiring pointing it out. But it took on a new resonance when the US state department, in its latest collection of human rights reports, drew attention to this phenomenon sweeping Europe. That the ban took place in article Can Obama Raise the Phoenix From the Ashes in the Middle East Peace Process? John Mon, 29 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT US-Israel relations are described by some as at an all-time low. The Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, declared, Israels ties with the United States are in their worst crisis since 1975... a crisis of historic proportions. What was Benjamin Netanyahus response? He came all the way to Washington to make crystal clear that he has no intention of entering into good-faith peace negotiations. How bad is Israels current standing, not only with article Corporate Social Responsibility in the Noughties Azeem Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT Most CEOs agree that over the course of the last decade, it has become more important for firms to show that they are socially responsible. The definition of that may have evolved, but it has become more of a priority: in a survey of over a thousand CEOs for the Economist Intelligence Unit conducted in 2007, 34.1% thought it had been a high or very high priority in 2004, rising to over half - 56.2% - in 2007, and with nearly seven in ten - 68.9% - saying they thought it would article Creating a Fairer Immigration in the UK Azeem Thu, 25 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT I AM a second generation immigrant. My father was born in what was British India. He originally came to Scotland in the late 1960s in search of opportunity and a better life than he had known back home. He started working as a bus driver, and later as an electrical engineer, and after a while, he set up a newsagents in Glasgow. As a kid, I would go into work with him at the shop. So my formative experience was of a Britain seen both through the immigrant eyes of my parent article Why the Next Government Must ring-fence defence spending Azeem Wed, 24 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT So, Gordon Brown has finally admitted what every man and women in the Army, Navy, and Air Force has known for the last eight years at least our Forces have been suffering real-terms cuts. They have been grossly underfunded. Sir Kevin Tebbit has already said that as Permanent Secretary he was operating the Ministry of Defence under a permanent crisis budget. Geoff Hoon has admitted that the last Strategic Defence Review was not fully funded. And the Conservati article Holding Pakistan Haider Ali Hussein Wed, 24 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT Last summer, Pakistans military launched counterinsurgency campaigns against the Taliban throughout northern Pakistan, in Bajaur, the Swat Valley, and South Waziristan. As I wrote last July, the strategy succeeded because the military was able to minimize collateral damage, maximize precision, boost troop morale, and create better intelligence networks. As a result, the Pakistani Taliban are now weakened in the north and are moving south into Pakistans central and so article Iraqs Delayed Democracy Fawaz A. Tue, 23 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT Although Iraqs second parliamentary elections since the US-led invasion represent a milestone, they will neither resolve the countrys existential crisis nor bring it closer to genuine democracy. Results released by the inept Independent High Electoral Commission show little change in political attitudes and loyalties. On the whole, Iraqis did not vote according to party or ideology. Sect, ethnicity, and tribe trumpeted other loyalties, including the nation. article MPs Werent Brave Enough to Deserve a Medal Azeem Tue, 16 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT Can you believe that MPs give themselves a medal for visiting a war zone? The other day I read that MPs get a medal just for visiting a war zone. If you cannot believe what you have just read, believe me: I couldnt either. They dont have to spend months in the country like our service personnel. They dont have to wait months after they come home to be presented with the thing. Nor do they have to display any particular bravery, contribute to the war, o article The Tumor At the Heart of Our Afghan Campaign Azeem Sat, 13 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT There is a real danger that with each day that our brave troops spend fighting in the sands of Afghanistan, victory there becomes less and less worth winning. That is a very serious charge, and I do not make it lightly. Like most people, I want to see a stable Afghanistan with strong institutions and real progress -- however slow -- toward the kind of democracy in which votes are chosen and not bought, and power changes hands according to preference not patronage. article Another Nail In the Coffin Of the Special Relationship Azeem Wed, 10 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT This is not a battle between the United States of America and terrorism, but between the free and democratic world and terrorism. We therefore here in Britain stand shoulder to shoulder with our American friends in this hour of tragedy, and we, like them, will not rest until this evil is driven from our world. So said Tony Blair after the attacks on September 11th to affirm Britains solidarity with the US. Nine days later, in a speech to the US Congr article Only Credible Plan for Early Cuts Can Redeem Us Azeem Wed, 10 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT LAST YEAR, when the government bailed out the banks, many people worried about how this was funded. And a lot of them asked me to explain where the money came from. Today, with the crisis receding and the economy inching, however slowly, back into growth, not as many people seem worried about it. But that worries me. Because the answer to the question about how we funded the bail-out to the banks is that the government got a lot of that money by borrowing i article Extremists Of Any Color Can Commit Terrorism Arsalan Wed, 10 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT (CNN) -- Within the last month, our country has witnessed two senseless, high-profile acts of criminal violence that would have been labeled terrorism if brown-skinned Arab Muslim men with foreign-sounding names had committed them. Because two white men committed these acts of violence, however, our political and media chattering class never used the word terrorism in its discussions. Most recently, John Patrick Bedell, a 36-year-old man from California, walked up to article A Fatwa That Might Work Muqtedar Mon, 08 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT Dr. Muhammed Tahir ul-Qadri, a very prominent religious scholar from Pakistan has issued a Fatwa, which he himself described as historic, against terrorism and terrorists. This is neither the first, and may not be the last Fatwa against terrorism. But it certainly might be the longest and most comprehensive one. There have been several prominent Fatawah (plural) issued by Muslim scholars and institutions against terrorism in the past and Dr. Qadri summarizes many of the mediev article Televised Political Debates Dumb Down Democracy Azeem Mon, 08 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT For the first time in its history, Britains general election this year will be preceded by televised debates. We have quite simply never done it before. But in the run-up to the debates, I am struck by the way there seems to be a consensus that the debates will do wonders to revitalise interest in British democracy, which has been ailing for decades now. Everyone seems to agree that the debates are a good thing. These kind of arguments are everywhere i article Influential Pakistani Cleric Issues Fatwa Against Terrorism John Fri, 05 Mar 2010 00:00:00 GMT An influential Pakistani cleric issued a 600-pagefatwa on March 2, described as an absolute condemnation of terrorism without any excuses or pretexts. Muhammad Tahir ul-Qadri declared that terrorists and suicide bombers were unbelievers and that terrorism is terrorism, violence is violence and it has no place in Islamic teaching and no justification can be provided for it, or any kind of excuses or ifs or buts. While domestic article Free Muslims From Collective Punishment Sahar Tue, 16 Feb 2010 00:00:00 GMT (Search for Common Ground News Service) - The recent discovery of attempted terrorist plots by Muslims in America has prompted overreaching accusations of radicalisation of an entire religious group. As a consequence, pressure is mounting on Muslim American leaders to engage in elusively defined counter radicalisation. But rather than spend limited resources on programmes that assume collective guilt, efforts are better spent redirecting existing grievances article Its Hard Not to Feel Like A Criminal in the Airport H.A. Wed, 10 Feb 2010 00:00:00 GMT A swarthy, dark-haired gentleman has always inspired mystery in the western psyche, but its no longer a curious mystery its a suspicion. Even Arab customs officials can be curious about how someone who could pass so easily for an Arab national (and thus subject to military service) is actually not. But American customs officials are invariably unwelcoming to pretty much anyone, and I suspect more so to people who have entry stamps from a number of Arab co article Saving Pakistan’s Heartland Ahmed Mon, 08 Feb 2010 00:00:00 GMT In recent weeks, Washington has strongly urged Islamabad to expand counterinsurgency in Pakistans tribal areas. This encouragement is vital: Despite some military gains, a wide range of militant groups continue to enjoy sanctuary in northwestern Pakistan. At the same time, however, a spate of bloody attacks in major cities -- such as a recent assault on a Shiite religious procession in Karachi -- has underscored the Talibans growing presence beyond the border regions. The United St article Lone Wolves Signal al Qaedas Weakness Fawaz A. Fri, 05 Feb 2010 00:00:00 GMT London, England (CNN) -- The heads of major U.S. intelligence agencies told a Senate committee Tuesday that an attempted terrorist attack on the nation in coming months is certain. Coinciding with the first anniversary of the Obama presidency, Osama bin Laden issued two new audiotapes claiming responsibility for the Christmas Day airline bombing attempt and vowed further attacks. He also blamed global warming on the U.S. and other big industrial nations a article Worrying Trends Behind Frances Ban of the Niqab H.A. Wed, 03 Feb 2010 00:00:00 GMT In 2006, Jack Straw, then leader of the House of Commons in the UK parliament, published a now famous piece on the face veil, or niqab, worn by some Muslim women. And so began the political mainstreams campaign against the niqab across Europe, sparking controversy within the Muslim community, as well as outside it. Four years later, with the latest ban proposed by the French parliament, the story continues but what is this really about? Is it really ab article The US Can No Longer Afford its Empire Ivan Wed, 03 Feb 2010 00:00:00 GMT President Obama has presented Congress with a spending request of $3.8 trillion for the next fiscal year in 2011, but with a third of it not paid for with taxes, thus resulting in a $1.3 trillion deficit (a whopping 8.3 percent of GDP). The small piece of good news is that this deficit is smaller as a portion of the nations economic output than this years gargantuan 10.6 percent for FY 2010 (that $1.6 trillion deficit is a post-World War II record). Budget defici article Engaging Hamas - Engaging_Hamas_-_PS_40_-_Gerges.pdf Fawaz A. Mon, 01 Feb 2010 00:00:00 GMT Something is stirring within the Hamas body politic, a moderating trend that, if nourished and engaged, could transform Palestinian politics and the Arab-Israeli peace process. There are unmistakable signs that the religiously based radical movement has subtly changed its uncompromising posture on Israel. Although low-key and restrained, those shifts indicate that the movement is searching for a formula that addresses the concerns of Western powers yet avoids alienating its social base. policy Indias Role in Afghanistan Could Make Things More Complicated Muqtedar Tue, 26 Jan 2010 00:00:00 GMT Indias role in Afghanistan is now being recognized by global powers. Richard Holbrooke, U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan told the U.S Senate Foreign relations Committee that Indias role in Afghanistan is vital to peace and that India has a lot to offer for regional stability. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, who applauded Indias Statesman like restraint after terrorist attacks in Mumbai, backed Holbrookes comments. Richard article Is the US Overreacting to the Underpants Bomber? Muqtedar Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:00:00 GMT The fallout from the botched attempt by a Nigerian Muslim to blow up NW Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas day is having multiple and perhaps far reaching ramifications. In order to compensate for the security lapses that allowed the Nigerian terrorist to board a plane, new security protocols have been added, there is increased fear of domestic terrorism and more scrutiny of American Muslims. Finally Yemen has leapfrogged Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan article The Muslim Brotherhood: new leadership, old politics Fawaz A. Wed, 20 Jan 2010 00:00:00 GMT The tragedy of Arab politics is that the secular ruling elite and the powerful Islamic opposition are illiberal and undemocratic. article Al Qaeda Has Bounced Back in Yemen Fawaz A. Thu, 07 Jan 2010 00:00:00 GMT (CNN) -- In his weekly address, President Obama said that the Christmas Day airline bomber acted under orders from an al Qaeda branch in Yemen, which trained him, equipped him with those explosives and directed him to attack that plane headed for America. Vowing to hold accountable all those involved in the attempted act of terrorism on Christmas, Obama sent a letter to his Yemeni counterpart, Ali Abdullah Saleh, delivered by Gen. David Petraeus, head of article Americas Response to Terrorism: How to Fight Rather Than Feed the Beast John Thu, 07 Jan 2010 00:00:00 GMT Recent terrorist plots and attacks have escalated calls for an expansion of American military intervention abroad and increased airport security and profiling of Muslims. However, thinking and working smarter rather than harder will prove more effective, less costly and risky. The Christmas Day attempt by Nigerian Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab to blow up an airliner landing in Detroit once again raises a critical question: What makes a seemingly normal, integrated, article Tackling the Real Cause of Islamic Extremism Azeem Wed, 06 Jan 2010 00:00:00 GMT The events surrounding the terrorist attempt on Christmas Day are becoming common knowledge: how the 23-year-old alleged bomber was the son of a wealthy Nigerian financier who warned United States diplomats that his son might be a security risk; how the young man had studied mechanical engineering at University College London and lived in a luxury apartment; how he dropped out of a postgraduate business course in Dubai to travel to Yemen; how he apparently got past airport sec article Why Profiling Doesnt Work Arsalan Tue, 05 Jan 2010 00:00:00 GMT In light of the botched Christmas Day airliner bombing aboard Northwest Airlines Flight 253 en route from Amsterdam to Detroit, the Transportation Security Administration has announced new enhanced guidelines requiring airline passengers traveling from (and through) 14 different countries to undergo especially rigorous security screening before being able to fly into the United States. Under these new TSA guidelines, security screeners will conduct article Is Karachi Becoming a Taliban Safe Haven? Imtiaz Fri, 01 Jan 2010 00:00:00 GMT Karachi is the backbone of Pakistans economy and the countrys largest city of 18 million people.1 The city has a history of ethnic and sectarian violence, yet in the last few years it has managed to maintain relative peace. Since 2009, however, there has been an uptick in violent activity in Karachi, culminating with the December 28, 2009 bombing of a Shi`a Ashura religious procession that left more than 30 people dead.2 The attack was not only followed by an unp article Muslims of Europe: The "Other" Europeans H.A. Fri, 01 Jan 2010 00:00:00 GMT The exchange between Muslims and Europeans has a long and complicated history dating back to time before Europe was born. In other words, to the earliest years of Islam. Today, more Muslims reside in Europe than in other countries in the Muslim world, and these populations are challenging what book Gulf Capital and Islamic Finance: The Rise of the New Global Players Aamir A. Tue, 22 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT The six countries comprising the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)--Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Oman--have emerged as a vital source of stable capital and investments that will help power global economics in the coming decades. In Gulf Capital and Islamic Finance book Tom Friedman On Muslims And Terrorism: Getting It Wrong Again John Sun, 20 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT Thomas Friedman, in his Dec. 15 column repeats and reinforces the same tired, totally incorrect, but commonly-made generalization preached in his July 9, 2005 column, If its a Muslim Problem, It Needs a Muslim Solution, that no majorMuslim clericor religious body has ever issued a fatwa condemningOsama bin Laden. In his most recent column, Friedman continues to assert, despite readily available informatio article Is America Facing A European-Like Domestic Terrorism Threat? John Wed, 16 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT The recent arrest of five young men from Northern Virginia arrested in Pakistan, suspected of terrorist activities, precipitated new, dire warnings. Some charge that there is an emerging pattern which challenges long-held assumptions that European Muslims are more susceptible to radicalization than better-assimilated Muslims in the United States. This charge clearly leads us in the wrong direction. While there must be zero tolerance for terrorists, it is important to remember that the Am article Secretary Hillary Clinton Tete-A-Tete With ISPU Fe - Mon, 14 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT A Conversation about Pakistan and the United States Relations with the Muslim World December 14, 2009 HASSAN ABBAS: During your recent visit to Pakistan, you won the hearts of many through your courageous outreach -- visiting Badshahi mosque, participating in television talk shows, interacting with students at countrys premier educational institution Government College Lahore, and most importantly going to the mausoleum of Mohammad Iqbal, the poet-philosopher who gave the idea of Paki article Beefing Up COIN-Lite in Afghanistan and Pakistan - Fri, 11 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT Counterinsurgency, commonly referred to by its military acronym, "COIN," essentially boils down to armed nation-building -- a deliberate process of empowering people and weakening guerrillas until a state-friendly balance emerges. By contrast, counterterrorism seeks the tactical annihilation of the enemy. President Barack Obamas new Afghanistan and Pakistan strategy is an effort to do both, promising to dismantle and disrupt al-Qaida while leaving the expensive and time-consuming job of de article Marketing the US in Pakistan - Mon, 07 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT President Obamas new Afghanistan and Pakistan strategy is status-quo plus -- counterterrorism sprinkled with elements of nation building in Afghanistan. However, long-term U.S. interests in the region depend on a stable Pakistan deterred from nuclear proliferation and fomenting regional insurgencies. The real war in Pakistan, however, is not about military actions but about perceptions. The United States has signed billions of dollars in aid over to Pakistan but sitting in Islamabad two w article Afghan Mission Impossible - Wed, 02 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT President Obamas decision to deploy an additional 30,000 soldiers and Marines to Afghanistan by early 2010 was not a surprise. In Obamas War Cabinet meetings, the question was not whether to send more troops but how many.Obamas second major military escalation of the conflict this year, the largest single U.S. deployment since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, will bring the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to almost 100,000. There are also 50,000 NATO troops stationed in the countr article Afghan Mission Impossible Fawaz A. Wed, 02 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT President Obamas decision to deploy an additional 30,000 soldiers and Marines to Afghanistan by early 2010 was not a surprise. In Obamas War Cabinet meetings, the question was not whether to send more troops but how many. Obamas second major military escalation of the conflict this year, the largest single U.S. deployment since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, will bring the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to almost 100,000. There are also 50,000 NATO troops stationed i article The HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Muslim Africa - The_HIVAIDS_Epidemic_in_Muslim_Africa_-_PS_38_-_Rafiq.pdf Muhamed Yunus Tue, 01 Dec 2009 00:00:00 GMT According to the UNAIDS 2008 report on the global AIDS epidemic, there are 33 million people living with AIDS; 67% of them reside in sub-Saharan Africa and 59% of that group are women (UNAIDS 2008). Despite its relatively low prevalence in Muslim countries, Muslims are not exempt from the devastating effects of HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS 2007 and Iliffe 2006). Much of the existing literature on AIDS epidemiology emphasizes that the reactions of Islamic countries and religious institutions to the policy America Between Morality and Imperialism in Afghanistan Muqtedar Wed, 18 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT On November 5th, I had the privilege of testifying to the House Armed Services Sub-Committee on Oversight and Investigations. These hearings are part of the lengthy ongoing deliberations in Washington D.C. searching for a new direction in Afghanistan. The Hearing was chaired by Chairman Dr. Vic Snyder (D-Ark) and Ranking Member Rob Whitman (R-VA). The panel was divided. Half the participants were pro-surge and advised the government to honor General Stanley McChrystals reque article Caliphate on the Range? The Shariah Precedent in American Courts Asma Fri, 06 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT Judging by how Oklahoma voted in the recent election, one might conclude that despite its tiny Muslim population, Oklahoma was on the verge of becoming an Islamic caliphate in Middle America. The reality is of course far different. Oklahoma State Question 755, which passed, asked voters whether state courts should be forbidden from considering or using Sharia Law. Similar legislation is being considered in Tennessee, and Louisiana recently became the first state to pass several b article ISPU Testimony before Congress: US Strategy in Afghanistan and Its Relation to Iraq - MuqtedarTestimony.pdf Muqtedar Thu, 05 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT Written Testimony to House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations on November 5, 2009. report Religion and the Crisis of Authority Muqtedar Tue, 03 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT In the post-enlightenment era, the term religion refers to beliefs outside the realm of reason, science and politics. It is a form of ethics without foundations in philosophy or political theory. Religion like tribal and national identity is a resource for political legitimacy. Just as the idea of national interest legitimizes war and discriminatory policies between citizens and non-citizens; religion too is deployed in the interest of partisan politics in many societies in develop article Alcohol Use by Muslim College Students in the United States - Alcohol_Use_by_Muslim_College_Students_in_the_US-PB37.pdf Cynthia Sun, 01 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT The transition to college in the United States is a vulnerable period in the developmental trajectory between childhood and adulthood (Boyd et al. 2005). In general, this period represents an entrance into a new environment with potentially new norms of behavior. One behavior in particular associated with substantial morbidity and mortality (Hingson et al. 2009) is the widespread acceptance of drinking and heavy drinking. This high prevalence of drinking and the large amount consumed has bee policy Disarray in American Policy? Fawaz A. Sun, 01 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT Washington, DC: The Greater Middle East (viz., Palestine, Israel, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia) has presented President Barack Obama with his greatest foreign policy challenges so far. The new president inherited costly wars on multiple fronts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Somalia, a worldwide hunt for Al Qaeda, and rising anti-American sentiment throughout Muslim lands. To reverse this hostile trend and bring American troops home, Obamas foreign policy te policy Auto Report: The Cascading Effects of the Collapse of American Automakers Report.pdf Omar Sun, 01 Nov 2009 00:00:00 GMT The collapse of one or more of the Big Three American automobile manufacturers - General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler - will hurt virtually every area of the reeling U.S. economy, including the healthcare system and the nonprofit sector. Most arguments over the possibility of government intervention focus exclusively on the obvious stakeholders: employees and shareholders of the Big Three, employees and shareholders of U.S. automotive parts suppliers, and taxpayers. Thes report Islamism: Contested Perspectives on Political Islam Abbas Wed, 21 Oct 2009 00:00:00 GMT As America struggles to understand Islam and Muslims on the world stage, one concept in particular dominates public discourse: Islamism. References to Islamism and Islamists abound in the media, in think tanks, and in the general study of Islam, but opinions vary on the differences of book Afghanistan: Obamas Afghan Predicament Muqtedar Tue, 13 Oct 2009 00:00:00 GMT The US is reviewing its Afghan policy after the US commander in Afghanistan General McChrystal lobbied for 40,000 additional troops arguing that US was facing failure without them in Afghanistan. This is the second review of Afghan policy by this administration and if the Generals request is honored it will be the second surge in Afghanistan under Obamas command. General McChrystal, who is widely rumored, to have captured Saddam Hussein and killed Al Qaeda leader Musa article Deciphering the Attack on Pakistans Army Headquarters Hassan Mon, 12 Oct 2009 00:00:00 GMT Before Pakistan could start recovering from a suicide bombing at a U.N. office in Islamabad and a massive bomb blast in a Peshawar market last week, the brazen October 10 attack targeting Pakistans most secure military complex -- Army Headquarters (GHQ) in Rawalpindi, just a few miles from the capital of Islamabad -- jolted it further. This latest attack dragged on for 18 hours as around 40 officials were held hostage by terrorists in a building that belongs to a very important mili article A Global Agenda for Change in Muslim-Christian Relations John Mon, 12 Oct 2009 00:00:00 GMT The just-completed Georgetowns Common Wordconference, Oct. 7-8, occurs at a time when the need for serious engagement and cooperation between Muslims and Christians is more urgent than ever. Islam and Christianity are far and away the two largest global religions (1.5 and 2.1 billion). Muslims and Christians together make up well over half of the worlds population. Today, more than ever before, they co-exist or encounter each other in 57 Muslim countries and in Euro article The Muslim Friday Khutba: Veiled and Unveiled Themes - The_Muslim_Friday_Khutba.pdf Mazen Thu, 01 Oct 2009 00:00:00 GMT The touchstone of the practicing Muslims weekly routine is the Friday congregational mid-day prayer. Before the ritual prayer act, there is always a lecture, known as the khutba. ISPU Fellow Mazen Hashem spent several years collecting data relating to the khutbas given at greater-Los Angeles-area mosques between 2003 and 2006. The report, The Muslim Friday Khutba: Veiled and Unveiled Themes,describes noting the milieu (current events, popular conventions or topics report Pakistans New Taliban: Managing Another Threat to Security Haider Ali Hussein Mon, 28 Sep 2009 00:00:00 GMT As president Obama mulls sending more troops to Afghanistan, he faces a reluctant Congress, unpersuaded Americans, and wary allies, who are all raising the quintessential question: why are we there? The one-word answer: Pakistan. If preventing September 11type attacks is the goal, then no other countrys stability is more important. But even as the old guard of the Pakistan Taliban is pushed out of the Swat Valley, Pakistan is in danger yet again. A new, more virulent faction article Mideast Peace Talks Going Nowhere - Fri, 25 Sep 2009 00:00:00 GMT Poor Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas! He returned to Palestine empty-handed and politically weakened after the tripartite summit this week with President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The New York summit yielded no signs of a breakthrough either on freezing construction of Jewish settlements or restarting the long-stalled Palestinian-Israeli talks. By laying equal blame on the Palestinians and Israelis for the diplomatic stalemate, Obama undermined Abbas positio article Mideast Peace Talks Going Nowhere Fawaz A. Fri, 25 Sep 2009 00:00:00 GMT Poor Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas! He returned to Palestine empty-handed and politically weakened after the tripartite summit this week with President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The New York summit yielded no signs of a breakthrough either on freezing construction of Jewish settlements or restarting the long-stalled Palestinian-Israeli talks. By laying equal blame on the Palestinians and Israelis for the diplomatic stalemate, Obama undermined Abba article Obamas AfPak Metrics Miss the Mark On Pakistan Hassan Mon, 21 Sep 2009 00:00:00 GMT Thedraft metricsdevised by the Obama administration to evaluate progress in the AfPak theater, while providing a useful list of issues to follow, analyze and gauge the developing situation inAfghanistan, leaves much to be desired in its treatment of the Pakistan side of things. The informed and constructive analysis of said metrics bySteve CollandKatherine Tiedemannin this forum are must reads to understand the context of this discussion. I almos article Homeland Insecurity: The Arab American and Muslim American Experience After 9/11 Louise Mon, 14 Sep 2009 00:00:00 GMT In the aftermath of 9/11, many Arab and Muslim Americans came under intense scrutiny by federal and local authorities, as well as their own neighbors, on the chance that they might know, support, or actually be terrorists. As Louise Cainkar observes, even U.S.-born Arabs and Muslims were portrayed book The Costs and Requirements of Engaging the Muslim World - Engaging the Muslim World-35-Gerges.pdf Fawaz A. Tue, 01 Sep 2009 00:00:00 GMT Since his inauguration, President Obama has reiterated his commitment to engaging Muslim societies and altering Muslims negative perceptions of the United States. Time and again, the new president has stressed that the United States is not, and will never be, at war with Islam. In his speech to the Turkish Parliament in April, Obama said that Americans will no longer view Muslims through the prism of terrorism. He told the star-struck Turkish parliamentarian policy Sick Man of the Middle East - Mon, 24 Aug 2009 00:00:00 GMT After smiling broadly for the TV cameras and complimenting one another, U.S. President Barack Obama and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak provided little food for thought about what really transpired between them in an Oval Office meeting Tuesday.Historically, the atmospherics of presidential summits are as important, if not more so than the substance. The Obama-Mubarak get-together is an example of where symbolism trumped political reality.The American president warmly welcomed his Egyp article Sick Man of the Middle East Fawaz A. Mon, 24 Aug 2009 00:00:00 GMT After smiling broadly for the TV cameras and complimenting one another, U.S. President Barack Obama and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak provided little food for thought about what really transpired between them in an Oval Office meeting Tuesday. Historically, the atmospherics of presidential summits are as important, if not more so than the substance. The Obama-Mubarak get-together is an example of where symbolism trumped political reality. The American president warmly article Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia Surge in Europe Muqtedar Tue, 04 Aug 2009 00:00:00 GMT The globalization of the Arab-Israeli conflict has made Muslim-Jewish relations, let us say, very complicated. This was never the case in the past. Muslim anger toward Jews, and Jewish fear of Muslims, is one of the major consequences of the Arab-Israeli conflict. There is, in some places, a veritable cold war simmering between Muslim and Jewish groups in Europe and the U.S. But if one could set aside the Arab-Israeli conflict, one would find that the two communities have ver article Apostacy and Religious Pluralism John Sat, 01 Aug 2009 00:00:00 GMT After several days of rioting and violence over allegations that Christians had desecrated the Quran, an estimated crowd of 1,000 stormed a Christian neighborhood in Gojra, Pakistan. The mob killed eight, including six women, and burned and looted dozens of houses. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reported that the riots were pre-planned, including announcements in some mosques the day before at the Friday congregational prayer. The government and National Assembly were quick article The United States and Political Islam: The Dialectic of Hegemony and Resistance States and Political Islam - PB34 - Ayoob3.pdf Mohammed Sat, 01 Aug 2009 00:00:00 GMT In his speech to the Muslim world from Cairo on 4 June 2009, President Obama declared: We meet at a time of tension between the United States and the Muslims around the world tension rooted in historical forces that go beyond any current policy debate. This statement, however, is only partially true. Obviously there are historic forces that affect many Muslims perception of the West and, therefore, of the United States and vice versa. I will refer to policy Helping Pakistan Defeat the Taliban: A Joint Action Agenda for the United States & Pakistan - Helping Pakistan Report.pdf Haider Ali Hussein Sat, 01 Aug 2009 00:00:00 GMT In late April 2009, taking full advantage of a failing state, the Pakistani Taliban were sixty miles away from the capital of nuclear-armed Pakistan. Pakistan had capitulated in the Swat Valley by granting carte blanche to the Taliban to exercise administrative and judicial control, thus placing even more territory under direct Taliban rule after Pakistan lost control of most of its tribal agencies abutting Afghanistan. Two months after an unprecedented military operation, however report Muslim Women Reclaiming Their Rights John Wed, 22 Jul 2009 00:00:00 GMT Like the status of women in all the Worlds religions, in Islam and Muslim societies patriarchy played and in many cases continues to influence the status and roles of women. The place of women in the formative period of Islam reflected Quranic concerns for the status and rights of women as well as the patriarchal structure of the societies in which Islamic law was developed and elaborated. The status of women and the family in Islamic law was the product of Arab culture, Qur#3 article Lions and Jackels: Pakistan’s Emerging Counterinsurgency Strategy Haider Ali Hussein Wed, 15 Jul 2009 00:00:00 GMT Two months ago, the Taliban were 60 miles from the capital of nuclear-armed Pakistan. Four weeks later, the Pakistani military, using helicopter gunships, fighter jets, and special forces, destroyed Taliban strongholds, pushing them north -- and nearly three million refugees south -- out of the Swat Valley. Behind the operations success lies a new hybrid counterinsurgency strategy that is emerging in Pakistan -- the strengths and weaknesses of which will be crucial for both Islamaba article Commander of the Faithful: Meet the Man Who is Was Imtiaz Thu, 09 Jul 2009 00:00:00 GMT In May of last year, a convoy of journalists made its way from Peshawar up into the remote reaches of South Waziristan. They were responding to an invitation from the diminutive, diabetic, and hypertensive commander of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, the Pakistani Taliban. With characteristic grandiosity, the commander laid out a lavish feast for the reporters before sharing his reason for summoning them: an official declaration of jihad against U.S forces across the border in Afghanistan. article Islam and the Problem of Black Suffering Sherman Thu, 09 Jul 2009 00:00:00 GMT In his controversial 1973 book, Is God a White Racist?, William R. Jones sharply criticized black theologians for their agnostic approach to black suffering, noting that the doctrine of an ominibenevolent God poses very significant problems for a perennially oppressed community. He proposed a &humanocentric book Death by Culture?: How Not to Talk about Islam and Domestic Violence - Domestic Violence.pdf Zareena Wed, 01 Jul 2009 00:00:00 GMT In the days before and after February 14, Valentines Day, intimate partner violence and murder rates spike. report Testimony Before the Senate: Responding to the Internally Displaced Persons Crisis in Pakistan Imtiaz Wed, 01 Jul 2009 00:00:00 GMT Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs on July 29, 2009. report The Fight for Pakistans Soul Hassan Wed, 17 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT As its army confronts, ever more bloodily, the Taliban in the Swat Valley, Pakistan is fighting for its very soul. The army appears to be winning this time around, in marked contrast to its recent half-hearted confrontations with Taliban forces in neighboring tribal areas. For now, the Taliban are on the run, some with shaved beards and some in burqas, to avoid being recognized and thrashed. The reason is simple: increasingly, people across Pakistan support the army article Triage: The Next Twelve Months in Afghanistan and Pakistan Ahmed Thu, 11 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT Eight years into the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, the situation is as perilous as ever and continuing to worsen. The campaign has been further complicated by a rapidly deteriorating security situation in Pakistan, where the center of gravity of the insurgency has now shifted. book Triage: The Next 12 Months in Afghanistan and Pakistan Ahmed Wed, 10 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT Eight years into the U.S.-led war in Afghanistan, the situation is as perilous as ever and continuing to worsen. The campaign has been further complicated by a rapidly deteriorating security situation in Pakistan, where the center of gravity of the insurgency has now shifted. In counterinsurgency campaigns, momentum matters. Over the next 12 months, the United States and its allies must demonstrate they have seized back the initiative from the Taliban and other hostile actors. This paper article A Paradigm to Jumpstart US-Muslim Relations John Fri, 05 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT In what has the potential to be a transformative historical moment, President Barack Obama called for a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world; one based upon mutual interest and mutual respect. While acknowledging the ups and downs of Muslim-West relations, periods of co-existence and cooperation as well as conflict and religious wars, he challenged both America and Muslims globally not to fixate on differences but on building article Obamas Charisma Ignites Hope in Muslim Hearts Muqtedar Fri, 05 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT President Obamas address to the Muslim World on June 4th from Cairo was truly transformative in intent and effect. It was not a policy speech and did not seek to outline policy initiatives. It was a philosophical attempt to diffuse the mutual distrust and animus that undergirds US relations with the Muslim World. Even though it was billed as a speech to Muslims, it was readily apparent that it addressed both the Islamic World and the Western World. President Oba article Obama Must Speak to Young Muslims Fawaz A. Tue, 02 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT In his speech Thursday to the Muslim world from Egypt, President Obama must seize the moment to stress that the U.S. is not at war with Islam, to appeal to millions of young men and women burdened by economic hardship and political oppression, and to help broker an Arab-Israeli peace settlement. To be effective, the president must simultaneously address not only thorny regional conflicts but also the fears, hopes and aspirations of young Muslims for a better life. The challenge f article The Meaning of Obamas Speech in Cairo - The Meaning of Obama Cairo Speech - PB32 - Gerges.pdf Fawaz A. Mon, 01 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT Although a statement of intentions, Obamas speech in Cairo covered critical challenges facing the United States in the Muslim world and offered a new paradigm, a new beginning, for managing relations between the two civilizations. The address sent a clear message: Ive come here to Cairo to seek a new beginning between the United Statesand Muslims around the world, one based on mutual interest and mutual respect, and one based upon the truth that America and policy Losing the Republic: The Threat of Executive Power James Mon, 01 Jun 2009 00:00:00 GMT Before martial law is declared to be the supreme law of the land, and your character of free citizens be changed to that of the subjects of a military king ... let me admonish you in the name of sacred liberty, to make a solemn pause. Permit a freeman to address you, and to solicit your attention to a cause wherein yourselves and your posterity are concerned. The sun never shone upon a more important one. It is the cause of freedom of a whole continent of yourselves and of policy Why Obama Should Release Photos - Mon, 18 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT Justifying his dramatic reversal of the decision to release photos showing abuse of detainees by U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Obama argued publication would "further inflame anti-American opinion and put our troops in greater danger." In fact, world opinion, particularly that of Muslims, would likely view the release of these horror images as representing a rupture for the better in American politics and foreign policy. America would be seen as reclaiming its high moral com article When Pakistan is Winning Haider Ali Hussein Mon, 18 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT Pakistan is under siege. Late last month the Taliban, empowered by a peace deal struck with the government in the Swat Valley, advanced perilously close to Islamabad, where they remain, shooting it out with Pakistani troops. Some pundits have started predicting the nations collapse, and many Pakistanis are joining the call to abandon ship. Yet the situation is not actually as dire as it seems. While the military is barely holding off the extremists in some places, in others it has r article Al Qaida Today: A Movement at a Crossroads Fawaz A. Thu, 14 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT What is happening to al-Qaida: does it still constitute a threat to its adversaries, and if so how grave? Fawaz A Gerges, author of The Far Enemy: Why Jihad Went Global, uses extensive survey evidence to examine the movements standing in the Muslim world and take the measure of its ability to continue its campaign. If you wonder what has happened to al-Qaida, follow the trail of Arab and Muslim public opinion, and youll get a clear picture of its massive cri article Pakistan Can Defy the Odds: How to Rescue a Failing State Hassan Fri, 01 May 2009 00:00:00 GMT Is Pakistan collapsing? How far are the Taliban from Islamabad? Can al-Qaeda grab the countrys nuclear weapons? These are the types of questions raised every day by the American media, academia and policy circles. And these are critical issues, given the nature of the evolving crisis in Pakistan. The approximately two dozen suicide bombings in 2009 so far, 66 in 2008, and 61 in 2007, all of which have targeted armed forces personnel, police, politicians, and ordinary people not onl report Partitioning for Peace: An Exit Strategy for Iraq Ivan Fri, 24 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT Combining a history of Iraq and its dominant sects with an acute awareness of the political machinations fomenting worldwide, this keen military analysis offers a practical exit strategy for U.S. armed forces in Iraq. Since the history of violence in multi-ethno-sectarian states indicates that such book Pakistan&s Troubled Frontier Hassan Wed, 15 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT First demarcated in 1893 by British foreign secretary Sir Mortimer Durand, the northwest frontier was created when the Durand Line imposed an artificial border between the tribal Pashtun communities of modern Afghanistan and Pakistan. Today, the frontier has become a breeding ground book The Other Face of Fascism Muqtedar Thu, 09 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT Liebermans ascent to power is not only a dilemma for Arabs and the US, but also for the Jewish lobby American Jews... are dismayed by Lieberman, mostly because he represents values that we abhor -- Rabbi Eric Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism A foreign minister is to the rest of the world the face of the nation he or she represents. They epitomise the values and politics of the nation and personify its culture, identity and values. Israel has article Will Obama Go for the Game Changer: An Arab-Israeli Peace Settlement? Policy Brief 31 - Obama Peace.pdf Fawaz A. Wed, 01 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT Although now we know the leading players on Barack Obamas national security team, we still do not know his foreign policy priorities. He has opted for a team whose character is, for the most part, right-of-center, and selected establishment figures to fill these roles, which suggests that a paradigm shift in American foreign policy remains unlikely. Instead, America will reclaim the realist compass that guided its international relations from the end of the Second World policy Through the Smoke: Tobacco Use in the Middle East 2.pdf Sana Wed, 01 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT The global tobacco epidemic is predicted to kill 10 million people annually over the next 20 to 30 years, with the vast majority of these deaths occurring in developing countries (Maziak, Ward, Soweid, and Eissenberg, 2004). More than one billion men, women, and youths in the world use tobacco products, which equates to about 35 percent of men in developed countries and about 50 percent of men in developing countries (World Health Organization, 2005). Amongst women, 22% in develop policy Police & Law Enforcement Reform in Pakistan: Crucial for Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism Success - Police Reforms in Pakistan Report.pdf Hassan Wed, 01 Apr 2009 00:00:00 GMT It is a globally recognized fact that a states police and law enforcement agencies play a critical role as the first line of defense against the threats of terrorism and insurgencies. An informative RAND study titled How Terrorist Groups End provides evidence that effective police and intelligence work, rather than the use of military force, deliver better counterterrorism results.* Based on this conclusion, the report suggested to U.S. policymakers that they stop using report Obama and the Muslim World: Building a New Way Forward John Mon, 30 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT After eight years of the Bush administration, the Arab and Muslim world and many others in the global community greeted an Obama presidency with great expectations. Obama himself in his inaugural address subtly distanced himself from the Bush legacy and expressed the desire that America re-emerge as a global and principled leader. He spoke of a departure from our legacy, the sacrifice of principles and values, in the name of fighting a war on terrorism and the need to exercis article Reaching Out to the Muslim World John Sun, 29 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT After eight years of George W. Bush policies that alienated Muslims globally, what can we expect from the new US administration? President Barack Obama moved quickly to distance himself from Bushs legacy and to follow up on his inaugural statement: To the Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and mutual respect. Obama has declared a readiness to listen rather than to dictate and that he hoped for a restoration of the same res article The Audacity to Change: Reframing American Policy on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Marda Sun, 01 Mar 2009 00:00:00 GMT Having chanted the mantra of change that helped sweep him into the White House, Barack Obama now has the opportunity to channel that mantra into reframing American policy on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He should seize that chance because it will take a new way of seeing to fix a broken policy that has, for all its fanfare, failed to help Israelis and Palestinians arrive at a just and sustainable peace. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is more than sixty ye report Honey, I shrunk Pakistan! The Taliban are coming Muqtedar Thu, 26 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMT The Pakistani government has now made a deal with a Taliban group called Tahrik-e- Nafiz Shariat Mohamedi (Movement for the Establishment of Mohameds Sharia) that ends military conflict between them and the Pakistani army and brings Islamic law to the region called Swat and its neighbouring districts. The Swat area is in the northeastern part of Pakistans troubled North Western Frontier Province (NWFP), a region where both the Taliban and Al-Qaeda have according article Educating the Muslims of America Farid Thu, 26 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMT As the Muslim population in the United States continues to grow, Islamic schools are springing up across the nation&s landscape. Education, both secular and religious, has always been of the greatest importance to the Muslim community in America. Muslims have made it clear that they want book Swat Truce Reflects State Weakness, Not Popular Will Ahmed Mon, 23 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMT On Feb. 16, the Pakistani government announced a truce with insurgents in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP). In the agreement, the government agreed to promulgate Islamic law in one-third of NWFP. Pakistani officials are arguing that Islamic law is a popular demand, and that the creation of state-led Islamic courts will reduce support for extremism. However, rather than vitiating jihadism, the accord will legitimize radical ideology and demonstrate the efficacy of violence in its reali article Misreading the Iraqi Election Result Ivan Sun, 08 Feb 2009 00:00:00 GMT Now that their nemesis, George W. Bush, has left office, the mainstream media can be unbridled in their optimism about the future of Iraq. After 9/11, they chose to allow themselves to be duped by the Bush administrations fairly lame reasons for the clearly unrelated U.S. invasion of Iraq and have been bitter about the quagmire ever since. Given that Barack Obama, whom most media covered favorably during the election campaign, has taken office, their coverage of the recent Iraqi article Engaging Hamas? Hamas is a Mideast reality Fawaz A. Sat, 31 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT Now that the guns have fallen silent and the dust is settling over Gaza, it is time to revisit the received wisdom in Israel, the United States and some European quarters that Hamas is a monolithic, Al Qaeda-like terrorist organization bent on Israels destruction and that, therefore, Israel has no choice but to isolate Hamas and use overwhelming force to overcome it. In fact, there is substantial evidence to the contrary. Far from a monolith, there are multiple clashing viewpoin article The Islamic Marriage Contract: Case Studies in Islamic Family Law by Asifa Quraishi and Frank E. Vogel Asifa Sat, 31 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT A collection of papers from diverse disciplines, this book addresses our understanding of the Islamic marriage contract and marks a fresh point of departure for the study of Muslim women. book Obama: Sending the Right Signals Muqtedar Thu, 29 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT Barrack Hussein Obamas first week as President of the United States has come like a pitcher of cold water to one who has been parched by the relentless heat of the Texas desert. His first few foreign policy moves underscored what all was missing from Washington DC for years - sanity, prudence, foresight and compassion. The change that has come to Washington is truly remarkable. Contrast Obamas first few foreign policy measures with Bushs last hurrah. As soon as he article President Obama&s Policy Options in Pakistan&s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) Hassan Mon, 26 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT There is an emerging consensus among foreign policy experts that the growing insurgency and militancy in Pakistans Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) poses the greatest security challenge not only to Pakistan and Afghanistan, but also to the United States. Some scholars even project that a major terrorist act with al-Qaeda footprints in the United States might result in an American strike and ground invasion of this area. report Hamas Rising Fawaz A. Fri, 16 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT I have just returned from the Middle East and witnessed how Israels assault on Gaza is radicalizing mainstream Muslim opinion. Shown endlessly on Arab and Muslim television stations, the massive killing of civilians is fueling rage against Israel and its superpower patron, the United States, among mainstream and moderate voices who previously believed in co-existence with the Jewish state. Now, they are questioning their basic assumptions and raising doubts about Israels future article Restoring US Credibility: Voices from the Arab World U.S. Credibility.pdf - Wed, 14 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT On January 14, 2009, the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) and The Century Foundation hosted a conference in Washington, DC, entitled Restoring U.S. Credibility: Voices from the Arab World. Three Arab scholars from Egypt and Saudi Arabia were invited to America along with several other regional experts from the Middle East. Funding was provided by a grant from the U.S. State Department. Discussion Moderator Geneive Abdo (foreign policy report South Asians must stand together Hassan Sun, 11 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT India and Pakistan must avoid confrontation and crush the extremists who seek to divide the region The terrorist assault in Mumbai targeted not only Indias economy and sense of security. Its broader goal was to smash the India-Pakistan dtente that has been taking shape since 2004. The attackers did not hide their faces or blow themselves up with suicide jackets. Anonymity was not their goal. They wanted to be identified as defenders of a cause. Unless this cause is fully article Recarving Rushmore: Ranking the Presidents on Peace, Prosperity, and Liberty (Independent Studies in Political Economy) Ivan Fri, 09 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT Profiling each president on the merits of their policies and on the core principles of peace, prosperity, and liberty, this ranking system takes a distinctly new approach. Historians and scholars have long tended to respect the war heroes and men who have succeeded in expanding the power book Leading with Compassion: Anchoring Leadership Practices in Prophetic Traditions Louay Wed, 07 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT Compassionate leadership is the legacy of those special individuals who were called upon to transform their communities and to bring hope, enlightenment, and justice to places where despair, confusion, and exploitation became entrenched. Prophets and leaders with prophetic vision book South Asia at War Hassan Wed, 07 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT Last months terrorist assault in Mumbai targeted not only Indias economy and sense of security. Its broader goal was to smash the India-Pakistan dtente that has been taking shape since 2004. The attackers did not hide their faces or blow themselves up with suicide jackets. Anonymity was not their goal. They wanted to be identified as defenders of a cause. Unless this cause is fully understood, and its roots revealed across the region, this attack may prove to be the beg article The Causes of and Response to the Financial Panic of 2008: A Cautionary Tale Crisis - PB29 - Hanley.pdf James Thu, 01 Jan 2009 00:00:00 GMT Perhaps no financial event of the past half century has so puzzled people as the mortgage and financial market collapse of 2008. Not only members of Congress, but the also the Chair of the Federal Reserve and the Secretary of the Treasury have seemed as lost as the general public in the face of a panic that apparently threatened to consume the whole of Americas financial sector and plunge the nation into a second Great Depression. So I do not claim here that what follows is policy Bush Administration Continues to Inflame Islamist Terrorism - Mon, 29 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMT Although media coverage has focused on US occupations and counterinsurgency/counterterrorist campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq - which had the perverse result of further inflaming Islamist radicalism - the Bush administration has been busy stirring that same hornets nest in other parts of the world, especially in Africa. Not only has the administration not been honest with the American people about the reasons for the 9/11 attacks, it has also been self-delusional. After 9/11, article Bush Administration Continues to Inflame Islamist Terrorism Ivan Mon, 29 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMT Although media coverage has focused on US occupations and counterinsurgency/counterterrorist campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq - which had the perverse result of further inflaming Islamist radicalism - the Bush administration has been busy stirring that same hornets nest in other parts of the world, especially in Africa. Not only has the administration not been honest with the American people about the reasons for the 9/11 attacks, it has also been self-delusional. After 9/11, article When global ordering and peacemaking leave the U.S. behind Muqtedar Wed, 24 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMT The deal in Doha has diminished US influence in Lebanon and, by empowering Hezbollah, has also hurt US interests. Above all, Doha has sent the message that US diplomacy is not always indispensable. We live in an era of global governance. Through a complex network of international organisations like the United Nations, the World Bank, the International Court of Justice and the World Trade Organisation, we have succeeded in creating a pattern of governance without government at th article Obama: First Global President? Muqtedar Wed, 24 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMT For the first time Americans have a rare opportunity. They have a chance to elect a man as President whose vision and leadership is sought not just by many Americans, but most of the World Commentators across the globe cannot wait for Obama to become the next President of the United States. Whether it is friends across the Atlantic or even those whom we consider as our enemies, are hoping that Obama will take residence in the White House come January 2009. L article Redeploying the State: Corporatism, Neoliberalism, and Coalition Politics Hishaam Tue, 23 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMT Why has the Egyptian state, which is more repressive and authoritarian than its Mexican counterpart been unable to overcome the opposition of a labor movement, that is smaller, less organized, and more repressed than the Mexican labor movement? Through agitation or the threat of agitation, book The Pakistan Problem: Success in FATA Depends on Aid to Civilians Ahmed Mon, 08 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMT In August, the Pakistani army launched a full scale military offensive in the Bajaur agency of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). Since then, fierce clashes have resulted in the deaths of hundreds of militants and the destruction of key Taliban strongholds. This forceful demonstration of Pakistani resolve is a positive change from past efforts. However, military operations will fail if they undermine the single most important principle for victory: winning the support of the loc article The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself Ivan Mon, 08 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMT As rage coursed through India after the Mumbai terrorist bombings, Condoleezza Rice, the Bush administrations Secretary of State, flew to India and cautioned the Indian government on avoiding a knee jerk and counterproductive response. She warned the Indians that [a]ny response needs to be judged by its effectiveness in prevention and also by not creating other unintended consequences or difficulties. This lecture is laughable after the Bush administrations over-the article Beyond the line of control Hassan Sun, 07 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMT Pakistan, India and Afghanistan are battling extremists at different levels and all three of them are destined to play a role in the war on terror Naomi Klein, Canadian columnist and author of The Shock Doctrine insightfully says, Terrorism doesnt just blow up buildings; it blasts every other issue off the political map. The spectre of terrorism - real and exaggerated - has become a shield of impunity, protecting governments around the world article Losing the War on Terror Muqtedar Mon, 01 Dec 2008 00:00:00 GMT I once lived about a mile from the Taj hotel in Mumbai, Indai. I worked for an engineering firm and freelanced as a copywriter for advertising agencies in Mumbai. Every time I got a new gig, I would celebrate by going to the Taj for a buffet or a breakfast. For a 23-year-old, it was a thrill to be able to afford the atmosphere of the Taj. To me it was a place where aspirations found their destination. In those days, my wife-to-be was also a management trainee at the Taj. article American Muslims and the 2008 Presidential Election Muqtedar Wed, 12 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT Another presidential election is upon us. A known American political adage claims that there is an inherent tendency in the American body politic to hone in toward the center; whenever the pendulum shifts too far in one direction, the political cognoscenti insist, a reversal is inevitable. For the past eight years the policy and political discourse in this country has systematically shifted to the far right. It is time a balance is restored. The tone of politics is often set at th report Challenges Facing the New President in the Broader Middle East Facing the New President in the Broader Middle East.pdf Nada Wed, 12 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT On November 12, 2008, students, scholars, and interested citizens convened in East Lansing to hear perspectives from an array of experts on the greater Middle East. This symposium, Challenges Facing the Next President in the Middle East, was hosted by Michigan State Universitys (MSU) Muslim Studies Program with generous cosponsorship by the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (ISPU) and the Association of Muslim Social Scientists of North America ( report Obama: An Internationalist President John Tue, 11 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT Barack Obamas campaign victory was epic-making in America and across the Muslim world. On November 4, as soon as the election was called for Barack Obama, I began to receive congratulatory emails from friends in the Middle East, South and Southeast Asia, and Europe. Some had stayed up through the night to hear the final results. Of course, I wasnt surprised at the global interest and support, which had been evident on recent visits to Europe, the Middle East and Southeast A article The Politics of Chaos in Muslim Lands: A European Perspective Politics of Chaos in Muslim Lands A European Perspective - Policy Brief 28.pdf Fawaz A. Sat, 01 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT At the peak of the Islamist revolutionary moment in the early 1990s, many Western pundits warned that the Islamic tide was unstoppable and likely to sweep away failed socialist and nationalist Arab or Muslim regimes. The turban had replaced the crown in Iran. Egypt and Algeria were on the brink of falling to religiously based insurgencies. Sudan was Islamized from the bottom up. Afghanistan and Pakistan were in the grip of socio-political turmoil with Islamic activists in the asce policy Obama and the Muslim World and the Muslim World - Policy Brief 27.pdf Fawaz A. Sat, 01 Nov 2008 00:00:00 GMT In the past six months, several polling firms have asked citizens of the rest of the world about their preferences in the American presidential election. The consensus, perhaps unsurprisingly, is an overwhelming one. The Gallup World Poll found voters in 71 out of 73 countries preferred Barack Obama; the BBC found support for Obama in all of the 22 countries that it surveyed. But recently, Obama&s support has been at its lowest in Arab and Islamic countries, where most respo policy Muslims in Western Politics Abdulkader Mon, 27 Oct 2008 00:00:00 GMT Looking closely at relations between Muslims and their host countries, Abdulkader H. Sinno and an international group of scholars examine questions of political representation, identity politics, civil liberties, immigration, and security issues. While many have problematized Muslims book Obama Gets Powell and McCain Gets al-Qaeda Ivan Sat, 25 Oct 2008 00:00:00 GMT In the battle for endorsements in the presidential campaign, Barack Obama snared a strong nod from former Secretary of State Colin Powell and John McCain received an equally strong recommendation from al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda? Yes, you heard right, al-Qaeda! This endorsement indicates what has long been known: al-Qaeda is fairly sophisticated politically. And this doesnt mean McCain is the more accomplished candidate in fact, apparently the group believes he is the more gullib article Next President and Foreign Policy James Wed, 01 Oct 2008 00:00:00 GMT Americans typically vote for presidents for the wrong reason, focusing too intensely on such domestic policy issues as the economy, the environment, and abortion, and forgetting that the most important job of any American presidentis foreign policy. The incumbent president has failed in this most important task by abdicating the United States vital role as an international leader in favor of an aggressive unilateralism. The country that stood alone a stride the world when t policy Iraqi Mental Health Hamada Wed, 01 Oct 2008 00:00:00 GMT Recent studies project mental illness and substance abuse will soon constitute five of the leading ten causes of disability and premature death globally (WHO 2004). Societies torn by natural disaster and war face higher levels of emotional distress (Mollica 2004) and yet are most in need of productive, healthy citizens. Therefore, preventing mental disability caused by mental illness and substance abuse in otherwise physically healthy individuals is critical to help rebuild those policy Worry About bin Laden, Not the Taliban Ivan Sat, 20 Sep 2008 00:00:00 GMT A recent US raid into Pakistan from Afghanistan using Special Forces on the ground is apparently part of the Bush administrations new get tough policy on the Taliban and al-Qaeda sanctuary in the tribal areas of Pakistan. For many years, Osama bin Laden and the al-Qaeda leadership have been thought by US intelligence to be hiding in these wild and remote areas. Well, at last, the administration, in its waning days, has directed its poli article Judgment is More Important than Experience Ivan Sun, 07 Sep 2008 00:00:00 GMT In her Im just a hockey mom speech at the Republican National Convention, Sarah Palin who has rapidly rocketed from an unknown, recently-minted governor of Alaska to Republican Vice Presidential candidate questioned, with a straight face, whether Barack Obama has had enough experience and accomplishments to be president. Republican pundits piled on, saying Obama has had no executive experience. The Republicans then rounded out their attack by article The American Muslim Communitys Obama Problem Firas Mon, 01 Sep 2008 00:00:00 GMT If there was ever a phrase that captured the ruthless nature of campaign politics, being thrown under the bus would be a serious contender. Perhaps no other community has felt the indignity of this process in the 2008 election year more than Muslim Americans vis--vis their support for Barack Obama. As Obama captured his partys nomination for president and the imagination of the nation, parts of the American Muslim community are no less overcome by t policy Pakistans Pervez Musharraf-A prelude to chaos? Muqtedar Wed, 20 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMT General Pervez Musharrafs 1999 military coup was celebrated on the streets in Pakistan and was seen as a coup against Washington, backed on latent anti-Americanism. Not surprisingly, his resignation as President is being seen the same way. The war on terror first brought prominence and popularity for General Musharraf, followed some time later by defeat and disgrace. General Musharraf has been Washingtons primary ally since 2001 in its war against the Taliban and Al Qae article Musharrafs long goodbye Hassan Tue, 12 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMT Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan stands virtually alone today while facing the most serious challenge to his presidency: possible impeachment by the new democratically-elected government. The potential charges are serious: conspiring to destabilise the government that was elected last February, unlawfully removing the countrys top judges in November 2007, and failing to provide adequate security to Benazir Bhutto before her assassination last December. Allying himself wit article Tyson Foods controversy: The death of good intentions - Mon, 11 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMT On the one hand, the recent approval of a union contract at a Tysons Foods processing plant in Shelbyville, Tennessee to replace Labor Day on the holiday calendar with Eid-ul-Fitr, the holiday Muslims celebrate at the end of Ramadan, represented a triumph of democracy and religious accommodation. But after a predictable outcry, Tyson Foods reinstated Labor Day within a week and will allow employees a floating holiday instead of Eid-ul-Fitr in the future. The original deci article Muslim Americans: Between American Society and the American Story Sherman Fri, 08 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMT Justice Felix Frankfurter once observed that it is neither law, religious creed nor ideology that holds America together; it is, rather, a binding tie of cohesive sentiment. As a Jew, Frankfurter understood that while sentiment was not the most stately concept it had its clear advantages. For, while not totally immune to abuses of power, sentiment is far more resistant than law, theology or ideology. A tyrannical government might condemn toda article What Muslims Really Think: What Osama bin Laden and George W. Bush get wrong about Muslims Osama bin Laden and George W. Bush get wrong about Muslims.pdf Fawaz A. Wed, 06 Aug 2008 00:00:00 GMT After September 11, 2001 two questions dominated Americas public debate: Why do Muslims hate us so much? And where are the Muslim moderates? On the first question, commentators supplied easy, simplistic answers that appealed to the countrys wounded egos and prejudices, not critical faculties and common sense. We were told that they (Muslims in general, not just the tiny militant minority) hated our freedoms and way of life; that they were jealous of our econo policy It is time for US-Iran Détente Muqtedar Wed, 30 Jul 2008 00:00:00 GMT For the past two years Iran and its nuclear program have dominated Americas foreign policy agenda. Irans refusal to stop enriching Uranium, which in its opinion it is entitled to as a signatory of the NPT treaty but the West believes, is an effort to develop nuclear weapons and the oft repeated statement by Ahmedinajad thatIsrael will soon disappear from the map have made Iran the number one enemy in the eyes of the West. But now there seems to article Did the Surge Work? Ivan Sun, 27 Jul 2008 00:00:00 GMT The media, egged on by John McCain and his campaign, are going to twist the arm of Barack Obama until he cries uncle and admits the U.S. troop surge has worked in Iraq. So far, Obama has not cracked under the pressure and, for reasons of political expediency, admitted this dubious proposition. The smart political course of action for Obama - but not the correct one - would be to admit the surge has worked to reduce violence but to observe that that article Strong and Competitive: The American Economy in the Free Trade Era American Economy in the Free Trade Era - PB22.pdf James Tue, 15 Jul 2008 00:00:00 GMT Free trade has never been popular. Despite being persuasively argued for over 200 years, it remains a hard sell, particularly in the United States as our economy works its way through a significant restructuring, brought on in part by free trade agreements. An April 2008 poll by the Pew Research Center showed that 48% of Americans believe free trade agreements have been bad for the U.S., while only 35% believed they are good for the country.1 The Democratic presidential candidates policy Obama Should Embrace His Muslim Heritage - Thu, 03 Jul 2008 00:00:00 GMT Many Muslim voters love Barack Obama. They love him even if he doesnt seem to love them back. One young professional I know credited Muslims enthusiasm for Sen. Obama to a perceived promise of a brand new, informed international perspective. Other Muslims are moved by a broad and empowering message of hope and change in a tumultuous time of trouble and strife. And many see a reflection of themselves in Mr. Obama ? a person who looks different, has a funny name, article General Petraeus Progress Report Fails Flat Fawaz A. Thu, 08 May 2008 00:00:00 GMT Seven months after the surge of 21,000 more U.S. troops to Iraq,the security situation is too fragile and reversible to allow for a draw down of the 140,000 combat forces that will remain there in July.That was the key point made by Army General David Petraeus to law makers, some of whom were skeptical of the open-ended American commitment toward the war-torn country. The same general who sold the Army surge to a s article Caring for Our Neighbors: How Muslim Community-Based Health Organizations are Bridging the Healthcare Gap in America Lance Tue, 01 Apr 2008 00:00:00 GMT Muslim community-based health organizations have a history that spans at least two decades in the United States. This study is the first to closely examine how Muslim community-based health organizations (MCBHOs) have developed and are providing free or low-cost primary care services to low-income communities in four cities with large and diverse American-Muslim populations: Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, and Houston. This analysis of 10 prominent MCBHOs in these cities opens report The Empire Has No Clothes Ivan Tue, 01 Apr 2008 00:00:00 GMT Delving into the concept of the United States as an empire, this investigation examines U.S. interventions around the world - from the Spanish-American War to the invasion of Iraq - demonstrating how they not only contradict the principles of both liberals and conservatives but also book Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think John Mon, 25 Feb 2008 00:00:00 GMT In the wake of the terrorist attacks on 9/11, U.S. public officials seemed to have no idea whether or not many Muslims supported the bombings. This troubled Gallup Chairman and CEO Jim Clifton, who felt that "no one in Washington had any idea what 1.3 billion Muslims were The result is Who book What Can Be Done About Pakistan? Muqtedar Fri, 22 Feb 2008 00:00:00 GMT Pakistan has become a danger to the stability and security of all South Asia. In the wake of the November terrorist attacks in Mumbai, Muqtedar Khan examines the internal threats President Asif Ali Zardaris government must vanquish to bring peace to the region. Pakistan is not yet a failed state, but it is close to becoming one. Its economy is weak and has long been dependent on U.S. aid for stability. At the end of this month, it will be removed from the Emerging Mar article Organizations at War in Afghanistan and Beyond Abdulkader Fri, 01 Feb 2008 00:00:00 GMT Abdulkader H. Sinno closely examines the fortunes of the various factions in Afghanistan, including the mujahideen and the Taliban, that have been fighting each other and foreign armies since the 1979 Soviet invasion. Focusing on the organization of the combatants, Sinno offers a new book Pens and Swords: How the American Mainstream Media Marda Wed, 16 Jan 2008 00:00:00 GMT In Pens and Swords, Marda Dunsky, examines American mainstream news coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. By examining hundreds of reports published in newspapers and newsmagazines and broadcast on network and cable TV and radio over a four-year period, Dunsky offers fresh book The New Lawyer: How Settlement Is Transforming the Practice of Law (Law and Society) Julie Tue, 01 Jan 2008 00:00:00 GMT Today’s justice system and the legal profession have rendered the “lawyer-warrior” notion outdated, shifting toward conflict resolution rather than protracted litigation. The new lawyer’s skills go beyond court battles to encompass negotiation, mediation, collaborative practice, and book New Turkish Republic: Turkey As a Pivotal State in the Muslim World Graham Wed, 12 Dec 2007 00:00:00 GMT The first in a series of volumes that examine pivotal states in the Muslim world, this timely work explores how, after a long period of isolation, Turkey is becoming a major player in Middle Eastern politics once again. In fact, by acting independently and attempting to reconcile its book Dubai & Co.: Global Strategies for Doing Business in the Gulf States Aamir A. Mon, 19 Nov 2007 00:00:00 GMT It&s been called the fastest-growing city on earth-a hub for the Gulf region experiencing unprecedented growth in energy, financial services, consumer goods, hospitality, retail, real estate, technology, shipping, and countless other industries. According to global strategist and book The Many Faces of Political Islam Mohammed Mon, 19 Nov 2007 00:00:00 GMT Analysts and pundits from across the American political spectrum describe Islamic fundamentalism as one of the greatest threats to modern, Western-style democracy. Yet very few non-Muslims would be able to venture an accurate definition of political Islam. Mohammed book Muslim Americans: Middle Class and Mostly Mainstream (1).pdf Louis Tue, 22 May 2007 00:00:00 GMT The Pew Research Center with assistance from ISPU conducted the first major national study of American Muslims.Pew conducted more than 55,000 interviews to obtain a national sample of 1,050 Muslims living in the United States. ISPU and its scholars conducted the focus groups that helped inform the questionnaire for the national survey. The resulting study, which draws on Pews survey research among Muslims around the world, finds that Muslim Americans are a h report Muslims in France: French or Muslim, What is the Choice? Moushumi Tue, 22 May 2007 00:00:00 GMT While France struggles to accommodate its rapidly changing demographics, Muslims in the country find themselves struggling to be accepted as both French and Muslim. They want equal rights of citizenship such as equal opportunity and cultural acceptance while also being able to assert their religious identity through Islamic practices in the public space. Yet the French societys emphasis on secularism has made this integration for French Muslims increasingly more difficult. Si policy Journey into Islam: The Crisis of Globalization Akbar Mon, 07 May 2007 00:00:00 GMT "Why?" Years after September 11, we are still looking for answers. Internationally renowned Islamic scholar Akbar Ahmed knew that this question could not be answered until Islam and the West found a way past the hatred and mistrust intensified by the war on terror and the forces book The Hasbah Bill in NWFP: The Beginning of the Talibanization of Pakistan? Ahmed Sat, 28 Apr 2007 00:00:00 GMT Repeated attempts at passing the Hasbah Bill in the legislative assembly of the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan have raised the specter of national implementation of Sharia law. Introduced by the religious party coalition of the Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA), this legislation outlines new religious laws that are to be enforced by a morality police. Though the law has been rejected as unconstitutional by the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and Pakistani President Mushar article American Immigration Policy since 9/11: Impact on Muslim Migrants immigration policy since 911.pdf Christopher R. Tue, 20 Feb 2007 00:00:00 GMT In the days after 9/11, many policy analysts assumed that the terrorist attacks would create a political groundswell in favor of broad new immigration restrictions toward those entering the United States from predominantly Muslim countries. Policies leading to a moratorium on immigration, or at least a fundamental re-examination of the numbers and categories of immigrants that are admitted to the United States, were thought to be inevitable. Public opinion polls took policy To Save Democracy, Bushs War Will Target Shias Too Muqtedar Thu, 11 Jan 2007 00:00:00 GMT Two months after the American people expressed overwhelming lack of confidence in the President Bush and his war in Iraq by handing over the House and the Senate to the Democrats after twelve years of Republic control, President Bush finally admitted that strategic mistakes have been made in Iraq. In a much awaited speech, he acknowledged his own responsibility for the failures in Iraq and then outlined a new strategy for ensuring the survival of Iraqi democracy. The t article Islam Christianity and African Identity Sulayman Mon, 01 Jan 2007 00:00:00 GMT An in depth examination of the influence of Christianity and Islam on traditional African society and values, and a thorough analysis of contemporary inherited three different traditions: the native African, the Arab-Islamic, and the Euro- Western Christian. book Top 10 Things Not to Do in Iraq Ivan Tue, 19 Dec 2006 00:00:00 GMT Ever since the Iraq Study Group (ISG) issued its recommendations, the debate in Washington has swirled around what to do about the mess in Iraq. Unfortunately, both the recommendations of the study group and the contradictory inclinations of the Bush administration are bridges to nowhere. Both groups are in denial about the chaos in Iraq and are not yet ready to offer the tough solutions that could stabilize the country. Perhaps they should accept the top 10 things not to do in I article Blaming Islam: Examining The Religion Building Enterprise Louay Sun, 12 Nov 2006 00:00:00 GMT Blaming Islam for the lack of democratic and scientific developments is not a new idea but an old enterprise, rooted in the nineteenth and twentieth century European Orientalism. The late Edward Said succeeded, in the 1980s, in unmasking Orientalist notions within Western academia and exposing its false pretense. In his seminal work, Orientalism, Said demonstrated that Orientalist views of Islam were used to justify the European colonial ambitions in the Muslim world. Saids report Teacher Retention in Religious Schools as Primer for Teacher Retention in Public Schools retention.pdf Omar Wed, 18 Oct 2006 00:00:00 GMT The cost of teacher turnover is soon to become the next crisis in education. In some respects this crisis has already started, as many districts are facing a severe shortage of math and science teachers. Added to the challenge of finding the right teachers to replace those leaving the profession or seeking employment elsewhere are the academic setbacks caused by new teachers, either to the profession or the curriculum, for they immediately become an unavoid policy The Order of Light Haroon Wed, 30 Aug 2006 00:00:00 GMT book Dont We Have Enough Enemies Already? Ivan Wed, 16 Aug 2006 00:00:00 GMT In the frenzy surrounding the exposed plot to simultaneously blow up 10 airliners flying from Britain to the United States, one line of inquiry being pursued by investigators should make the Bush administration very nervous. British and Pakistani law enforcement officials are examining whether the British plotters of Pakistani descent received money from an Islamic charity, Jamaat ud Dawa. The charity has been used as a front for a militant group fighting for the separation of the Muslim pro article Transnational Muslims in American Society Aminah Mon, 14 Aug 2006 00:00:00 GMT This in-depth yet accessible guide to Islamic immigrants from the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Africa challenges the widely held perception that Islam is monolithic and exclusively Arab in identity and expression. Offering a topical discussion of Islamic issues, the author book Middle East Crisis: Is US Part of the Problem? Muqtedar Sat, 29 Jul 2006 00:00:00 GMT We are presently witnessing in Lebanon the third humanitarian disaster in which President Bush has had a direct or indirect hand. In Iraq over 50,000 are dead and dying, thanks to President Bushs decision to invade and occupy it without the number of troops necessary to secure the country. In New Orleans, the administrations incompetent preparation and slow response exacerbated the humanitarian crisis. And now hundreds of innocent people are dying in a war in Lebanon that co article Israel is Winning Battle, But Not the War Ivan Tue, 25 Jul 2006 00:00:00 GMT Conservatives, especially neoconservatives, and even some pro-Israeli moderates and liberals admire Israels use of muscular tactics to safeguard its security. Many conservatives also admire Robert E. Lees aggressive, offense-oriented tactical victories in the U.S. Civil War. But like Lee, who ultimately lost the war, the Israelis are exhibiting enormous strategic ineptitude. Lee, using the Napoleonic tactics of the offense, won many brilliant victories by attacking the super article Testimony before the US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Muqtedar Tue, 18 Jul 2006 00:00:00 GMT Distinguished Chairman, Senator Richard G. Lugar and eminent members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, it is indeed an honor to share my expertise with this august body. 1. Islam is structurally a dynamic religion and has always been epistemologically pluralistic. In simple terms Islam has a built in mechanism for continuous evolution, reform and self-rejuvenation through the engine of Ijtihad. Ijtihad is a legal tool that enables Muslim jurists to think independentl policy Middle East Crisis: US Fails to Defend Interests Muqtedar Sat, 15 Jul 2006 00:00:00 GMT The crisis in the Middle East is rapidly reaching dangerous proportions. Unless someone or somebody injects a heavy dose of sanity into the regions affairs immediately, it is likely to escalate into a wider conflict that will make Iraq look like a picnic. The only player perhaps capable of playing this role is the United States. But thanks to a lame-duck President, whose credibility at home and abroad is embarrassing, the worlds only super power the natural guarantor article Give Iran Positive Incentives to Halt its Nuclear Program Ivan Mon, 26 Jun 2006 00:00:00 GMT The United Nations Security Council recently sent Iran a package of incentives to encourage that nation to halt its nuclear program. The proposals included selling Iran light-water nuclear technology, civilian aircraft, and spare parts. Although the United States participated in this initiative and has agreed to directly meet with the Iranians on the nuclear issue both positive developments it may need to go further if there is to be any hope that Iran will arrest its nuclear article Putting the Immigration Debate into Context policy brief - 16 - hanley.pdf James Tue, 20 Jun 2006 00:00:00 GMT While hundreds of thousands of pro-immigration protesters march peacefully through the streets of Los Angeles and other southwestern cities, the U.S. Congress debates conflicting bills intended to help the country get a grip on illegal immigration. The Senate bill would attempt to legalize many of these illegal workers, while the House bill would turn them into felons. The proponents of tough measures against illegal immigrants hope to stem the tide by doubling the number of borde policy Al Qaeda Talking Heads: What is Behind the Media Blitz by bin Laden, al-Zawahiri and al-Zarqawi? Fawaz A. Thu, 11 May 2006 00:00:00 GMT Only days after Iraqi leaders selected a new prime minister and president, Al Qaeda launched a media blitz. Never before had the networks top three figures Osama bin Laden; his right-hand man, Ayman al-Zawahiri; and their commander in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi so synchronized their messages. In the space of a single week, they fell over one another urging resistance in Iraq as part of the greater global war with the West. To what d article The Failed Intelligence Reorganization Needs Reorganizing Ivan Mon, 08 May 2006 00:00:00 GMT The Bush administrations intelligence reorganization, based on the deified recommendations of the 9/11 Commission to expand the intelligence bureaucracy, is an abysmal failure. A second reorganization is needed that will streamline and consolidate the multi-headed hydra that is the U.S. intelligence community. The failure to detect the 9/11 terrorist plot largely stemmed from the improper coordination among U.S. intelligence agencies. Responding to the 9/11 C article Journey of the Jihadist: Inside Muslim Militancy Fawaz A. Mon, 08 May 2006 00:00:00 GMT In September 2005, Gerges, an academic turned news commentator, published a rare and thoughtful piece of scholarship, The Far Enemy, that sought to map the different views within militant Islam&s explosive underworld. Gerges argued nimbly, drawing upon numerous primary sources and firsthand book Evolving Boundaries of Freedom of Speech and Press James Thu, 20 Apr 2006 00:00:00 GMT What began ironically as an attempt in 2005 to foster religious tolerance and understanding of Islam among Danish children, six months later degenerated into an international crisis of violence by angry Muslims against Denmark and Western liberalism. ISPU Fellow James Magee examines what went wrong. policy Is Veneration of the Military Good for the Republic Ivan Mon, 10 Apr 2006 00:00:00 GMT Since the Vietnam War, in which returning draftees were shunned by much of American society, critics of U.S. foreign policy, including the Iraq war, have bent over backwards not to criticize U.S. military forces and sometimes have even praised soldiers willingness to fight for their country. And, of course, journalists and politicians have slathered nothing but praise on American boys and girls in Iraq. But this flattery is not good for the republic, and its not good for the troops article How To Reform Immigration Laws - Tue, 04 Apr 2006 00:00:00 GMT A punitive immigration bill passed by the House of Representatives last December has sparked protests in recent days around the country. In response, the Senate Judiciary committee passed a bi-partisan measure that would allow current illegals to stay in the U.S. and would open the way for more to migrate as guest-workers. Unfortunately, none of the proposed reforms will completely fix our illegal immigration problems and the House bill would actually make the problems worse. There article Islamic Education in America report (si).pdf - Sat, 01 Apr 2006 00:00:00 GMT In recent years, the state of Islamic education in the United States has come under heavy scrutiny, assuaged by fears that US mosques produce radical young Muslims. The growth in the number of Islamic schools and institutions across the country, as well as the size of the Muslim-American population, deserves more attention. The Islamic Education Conference was held on April 6, 2006 and hosted by Georgetown Universitys Prince Al Waleed Bin-Talal Center for Muslim-Christian U report The Crisis in Darfur: Community Building and Identity Politics policy brief - voll.pdf John Tue, 21 Mar 2006 00:00:00 GMT The crisis in Darfur receives attention around the world. The dimensions of human tragedy in terms of numbers of dead and of displaced people are staggering. The African Union, the United Nations, and many other governmental and non-governmental organizations are involved. Agencies prepare and present numerous reports and journalists from many countries regularly cover developments in this previously little-known region of Sudan. ISPU Fellow John Voll takes a closer look at this d policy Institutional Failure in the Response to Hurricane Katrina James Mon, 20 Feb 2006 00:00:00 GMT In the latest policy brief, ISPU Fellow James Hanley argues that effective responses to catastrophes can reduce the loss of life by fifty percent or more. The poorly executed response to Hurricane Katrinas flooding of New Orleans has probably resulted in hundreds of avoidable deaths. While weather related emergencies cannot be prevented, catastrophic disasters often can be. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is tasked with responsibility for the federal response policy Restoring the Rule of Law and Constitutional Government Ivan Wed, 15 Feb 2006 00:00:00 GMT It took only minor concessions by the Bush administration to convince enough Democrats to support the renewal of the USA PATRIOT Act and end a Senate filibuster blocking the bills passage. In fact on both the renewal of the PATRIOT Act and warrantless domestic spying by the National Security Agency (NSA), the Democrats have recently caved in or are signaling that they soon will. In contrast, only a more militant approachthe repeal of the PATRIOT Act, the ending of warrantless d article Despite TV Appearances, Al Qaeda is Not Winning the War Fawaz A. Sat, 11 Feb 2006 00:00:00 GMT NEW YORK: Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Ladens deputy, emerged this week in a new videotape, taunting US President Bush for failing to kill him with a January 13th missile attack in Pakistan. The tape, proof that al-Zawahri lives, promises defeat for the US and targets Bush: Butcher of Washington, you are not only defeated and a liar, but also a failure. You are a curse on your nation and you have brought and will bring them only catastrophes and traged article More Defense Dollars, Less Security Ivan Mon, 06 Feb 2006 00:00:00 GMT The Bush administrations newly released Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR), outlining its defense strategy, forces, and weapons programs, and its accompanying defense budget demonstrate that throwing money at national defense wont make Americans safer at home. This bloated defense budget, already more than $500 billion per year (including the expenses for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan), will be hiked by 7 percent. Yet most of that budget will not be spent on defense,rd article Hamass Victory -- Good For All Muqtedar Tue, 31 Jan 2006 00:00:00 GMT After 9/11, U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East made a U-turn on democracy. Recognizing that stability - the policy goal until then - was not guaranteeing security, the Bush administration committed to promoting democracy in the Middle East, working under the assumption that democracy is an antidote to terrorism. It may be right. What can be a more spectacular advertisement for the idea that democracy makes politicians out of terrorists than the electoral victory of Hamas in last article The Failure of Nation-Building in Bosnia and Iraq Ivan Mon, 21 Nov 2005 00:00:00 GMT The State Department is using a 10-year anniversary party celebrating the Dayton accords to make more progress on Bosnias future. The reality is that the interventionist U.S. foreign policy elite, led by the Bush administrations Undersecretary of State, Nicholas Burns, is hosting the conclave of Bosnian leaders in Washington this week to fix the Bosnian constitution enshrined by the Dayton accords. The elite want to create a strong central government article The New Al Qaeda: More Dangerous than the Old Version Ivan Mon, 14 Nov 2005 00:00:00 GMT Say good-bye to the old al-Qaeda and hello to a new, more dangerous version created by President George W. Bush. The recent suicide bombings by Iraqis in Amman, Jordan are ominous because they provide hard evidence (confirmed by U.S. intelligence analysis) that the war in Iraqfar from pinning terrorists down within that countrys borders, as the president allegesis incubating combat-hardened jihadists for export to other countries. As many opponents of the Iraq war pr article Critics on Iraq Policy Come Out of the Woodwork Too Late Ivan Tue, 25 Oct 2005 00:00:00 GMT With the continued quagmire in Iraq and the likely indictments of senior Bush administration officials for trying to shore up the shaky rationale for the invasion, one would think that things couldnt get much worse for the administration. But where success has a thousand architects, failure leads to much finger pointing. The administrations latest headache comes from Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former Secretary of State Colin Powells chief of staff. In a well-publicized rec article Addressing Foster Care and Mental Health Foster Care and Mental Health.pdf Heather Thu, 20 Oct 2005 00:00:00 GMT On any given day, there are more than 542,000 children residing in foster care in the United States -- a number that has risen every year since the 1980s. These children experience combinations of a number of risks to healthy development and adjustment, such as parental neglect, child abuse, sexual victimization, poverty, and homelessness. As a result, foster children are much more likely to develop health, educational, psychological, substance abuse, and criminal conduct problems policy The Iraq Constitution Ivan Wed, 19 Oct 2005 00:00:00 GMT The incompetence of the U.S. governments policy in Iraq was demonstrated by this weekends referendum on the Iraqi Constitution. The Constitution, written by the Shia and Kurds, has passed, over the objections of many Sunnis. Yet it symbolizes one of the U.S. governments biggest errors in Iraq: confusing democracy with liberty Curiously, the United States has forgotten the wisdom of its own founders, who were more concerned with liberty than democrac article The Far Enemy : Why Jihad Went Global Fawaz A. Sat, 01 Oct 2005 00:00:00 GMT Fawaz Gerges& book on al Qaeda and the jihadist movement has become a classic in the field since it was published in 2005. Here he argued that far from being an Islamist front united in armed struggle, or jihad against the Christian West, as many misguided political commentators and book US Must Resign Itself to Rogue State Nukes Ivan Wed, 28 Sep 2005 00:00:00 GMT North Koreas agreement to end its nuclear weapons program came out of the wild blue yonder and appears to have dissipated just as quickly. The always-quirky North Korean regime agreed to give up its nuclear weapons and program, return at an early date to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), and submit to International Atomic Energy Agency inspections. In exchange, they receive a light water nuclear reactor (less useful for making nuclear weapons) and a nonaggression pledge from article Karen Hughes and American Muslims: Alliance against Extremism Muqtedar Mon, 12 Sep 2005 00:00:00 GMT Karen Hughes, widely recognized as one of the most powerful people in America, essentially because of her proximity to and influence with the President, met with an influential group of American Muslim leaders in Chicago on September 1st and kicked off the 42nd annual convention of the Islamic Society of North America. She not only listened to them, as she had promised, but also engaged with them in a frank and open discussion and won many allies in the Muslim community. One p article Will Iraqs Constitution Become Irrelevant? Ivan Mon, 22 Aug 2005 00:00:00 GMT To the Bush administrations relief, world media attention has focused intensely on whether the fractious Iraqis will meet the now extended deadline to create a constitution that can be put to a national referendum on October 15. As in U.S. election campaigns, the media are focusing on the short-term horse racethat is, how the process is goingrather than on the long-term ramifications of the issues decided. The medias focus on whether t article Substance Abuse Treatment and Prevention Strategies abuse policy brief.pdf Abdul Sat, 20 Aug 2005 00:00:00 GMT Alcohol and drug abuse is one of the most serious problems facing our society today. In addition to the numerous social costs, the economic costs of substance abuse have reached tens of billions of dollars. In this policy brief, ISPU Fellow Dr. Abdul Basit, points out that while the federal government continues to direct attention toward law enforcement and interdiction to reduce the supply of illicit drugs, recent studies indicate that focusing on treatment and prevention strateg policy Time to Streamline Burdensome Airport Security Ivan Thu, 18 Aug 2005 00:00:00 GMT The federal government is thinking about revising excessive airport security measures in response to the air-traveling publics growing resentment of security checks. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the federal agency with jurisdiction over those oppressive and annoying airport inspections, hopes to improve its public image and survive politically. In its reassessment of airport screening, the TSA is considering once again allowing passengers to carry s article Why Did Terrorists Strike London? Ivan Mon, 11 Jul 2005 00:00:00 GMT Watching the major U.S. television networks after the London terror bombings provided little illumination about why that city was chosen for attack. The commentators on those networks first mimicked Tony Blairs self-serving were all in this together assertion that the bombings were designed to disrupt the G-8 summit of industrialized nations. Later those media outlets latched onto the sizeable presence of radical Islamists in London. The real reason that the terro article London Attacks Question Our Humanity Muqtedar Thu, 07 Jul 2005 00:00:00 GMT The nightmare that began on 9/11 continues. Another major terrorist attack in the West and the style clearly indicates that the attackers are mimicking or emulating the al Qaeda signature of coordinated multiple simultaneous attacks. Along with other Americans, my heart reaches out for Londoners who have lost friends and relatives in this horrible attack. Along with other American Muslims and people of all faith communities, I pray for peace and fortitude for those who have su article Americans Are Finally Waking Up to the Failure of U.S. Policy in Iraq Ivan Wed, 22 Jun 2005 00:00:00 GMT Although the American people slept through the facile national debate about whether the Bush administration should invade Iraq and the post-invasion unraveling of justifications for doing so, the public is finally waking up to the nightmare of U.S. policy in Iraq. And their representatives in Congress, many of whom were previously hiding in the bushes, are now beginning to get the courage to finally speak out. A recent New York Times poll shows how low support for the Bush adm article The Need to Readopt the More Humble Foreign Policy of the Nations Founders foreign policy.webarchive Ivan Fri, 20 May 2005 00:00:00 GMT Since World War II, the United States has adopted an interventionist foreign policy, straying from the founding fathers more humble policy of nonintervention. ISPU Fellow Ivan Eland points out that a more restrained, less militaristic U.S. foreign policy is likely to dramatically reduce anti-U.S. terrorism at home and abroad and would comport better with the principles of our republic. Ivan Eland is a Fellow at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding. He is a policy Democracy in the Middle East: Disentangling Myth from Reality muslim policy brief - gerges.pdf Fawaz A. Fri, 20 May 2005 00:00:00 GMT Recently, the winds of democratic change have intensified their sweep of Middle Eastern shores. Arab civil societies are revolting against their ruling tormentors. Internal pent-up dissent, which has been gathering steam since the late 1980s, burst into the open with a vengeance. From Baghdad to Beirut and from Cairo to Jerusalem, stirrings of freedom are unsettling deeply entrenched autocratic Arab rulers. There is a flurry of democratic impulses creating powerful vibrations and policy True Patriots Should Worry More About Freedom at Home Ivan Mon, 09 May 2005 00:00:00 GMT President George W. Bush claims that he is spreading freedom throughout the world. However, for him freedom appears to be more a slogan, devoid of content and used to harness U.S. nationalism for his own purposes. Freedom meant much more to the Founders of the American republic. They would be appalled at the presidents crusade to impose democracy abroad and its resulting, but unnecessary, erosion of liberties at home. Bushs attempts to renew expiring USA PATRIOT A article Enhancing Board Performance In The Islamic Non-Profit Sector Aamir A. Sun, 01 May 2005 00:00:00 GMT This study seeks to explore board performance in the Islamic nonprofit sector and to provide recommendations to improve the effectiveness of boards in the sector. The study focuses on faith-based organizations in the United States which seek to serve the countrys growing community of roughly 7 million Muslims. Section One of the study discusses the current state of board performance in the sector, exploring how boards are chosen, how board members spend their time report Reforming the Homeland Security Department is Unlikely Ivan Mon, 18 Apr 2005 00:00:00 GMT The Department of Homeland Security has too few incentives to protect Americans from terrorism. Testifying recently before Congress, Michael Chertoff, the Bush administrations new Secretary of Homeland Security, admitted that his department often fails to adequately collect, piece together, and share intelligence information. (This same problem has afflicted the entire U.S. government in its failure to detect terrorist attacks as far back as September 11, 2001 and has not been correct article Islam And The Blackamerican: Looking Toward the Third Resurrection Sherman Thu, 14 Apr 2005 00:00:00 GMT Sherman Jackson offers a trenchant examination of the career of Islam among the blacks of America. Jackson notes that no one has offered a convincing explanation of why Islam spread among Blackamericans (a coinage he explains and defends) but not among white Americans or book Bush League Trade Policy Benjamin Mon, 04 Apr 2005 00:00:00 GMT Economists have understood the benefits of free trade since Adam Smith published The Wealth of Nations in 1776. Yet, special interest groups still claim that protectionism is in Americas best interest. Following a surge in Chinese imports, the latest calls for protection come from U.S. apparel and textile industries. Unfortunately, the Bush administration appears to agree, and is considering safeguard quotas to protect these industries. If imposed, these restr article Implications of the Detroit Mosque Study for other American Muslim Communities Ihsan Fri, 01 Apr 2005 00:00:00 GMT Mosques are the cornerstone of the Islamic experience in America. One sign of the growing presence of Muslims in the United States has been the rapid growth of Muslim civil society, characterized by a dramatic increase in the number of mosques, social and political organizations, and advocacy groups. The Detroit Mosque Study project sought to conduct a comprehensive study of Detroit mosques and their participants. In this detailed analysis of the stud report The Detroit Mosque Study: Muslim Views on Policy and Religion Mosque Study Ihsan Bagby.pdf Ihsan Fri, 01 Apr 2005 00:00:00 GMT Mosques are the cornerstone of the Islamic experience in America. One sign of the growing presence of Muslims in the United States has been the rapid growth of Muslim civil society, characterized by a dramatic increase in the number of mosques, social and political organizations, and advocacy groups. Dr. Ihsan Bagby, ISPU Fellow and Associate Professor at the University of Kentucky, believes that examining mosques and their leadership is the first step in understand report Free Commerce vs. National Security: Is There Really a Contradiction? Ivan Mon, 21 Mar 2005 00:00:00 GMT Republican administrations always tout the free market, but when it clashes with the perceived interests of the national security stateof which they are so fondit gets outgunned. The most recent example is the Bush administrations threats against a liquefied natural gas pipeline that would run from Iran through Pakistan to India. The administration wants to put the screws to anything that would benefit Irana member of President Bushs axis of evil.rd article The Bush Record on the Environment Jumana Tue, 22 Feb 2005 00:00:00 GMT It may come as a surprise to many that the Republican Party was historically at the forefront of promoting legislation to protect the environment. More recently, however, the Republican Party has lost ground, and its credibility as an environmental advocate has been seriously questioned. In fact, many Americans today believe Republican President George W. Bush is the worst environmental president in history. But, the question arises, is his environmental record as bad as some crit policy Can Lebanon Region Be Calmed? Will Hariri’s Assassination Cause Further Destabilization? There May Be Ways to Avoid Disaster Fawaz A. Fri, 18 Feb 2005 00:00:00 GMT Employing a massive explosive device, assassins killed the former prime minister of Lebanon in the streets of Beirut last week. The brazen attack immediately heightened tensions in the country, threatening a fragile peace that has endured since 1990, when Lebanons bloody civil war came to a close. The slain leader, Rafik Hariri, was a critic of the powerful role played in Lebanon by neighboring Syria, which maintains some 14,000 troops on Lebanese soil. Syrian leaders con article Investing in Advanced Learners in Advanced Learners.pdf Linda Forsyth Thu, 20 Jan 2005 00:00:00 GMT Today, we are acutely aware that our nations schools are among the tools needed for maintaining our nations strength and security. In this policy brief ISPU Fellow, Dr. Linda Weidenhamer, urges policymakers to retool and generously fund state and national education programs so that we may find and develop Americas gifted and advanced learners. policy Heartwood: The First Generation of Theravada Buddhism in America (Morality and Society Series) Wendy Wed, 15 Dec 2004 00:00:00 GMT Theravada is one of the three main branches of Buddhism. In Asia it is practiced widely in Thailand, Laos, Burma, Sri Lanka, and Cambodia. This fascinating ethnography opens a window onto two communities of Theravada Buddhists in contemporary America: one outside Philadelphia that book Response to the 9/11 Commission Report Farid Mon, 01 Nov 2004 00:00:00 GMT The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (the 9/11 Commission) set up to investigate the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks calls for a new and more candid relationship between America and its Muslim allies. The report insists that Americas strategy should be a coalition strategy that includes Muslim nations as partners in its development and implementation.[1] This is a positive sign that the American Muslim community must we article Jihad for Jerusalem: Identity and Strategy in International Relations Muqtedar Sat, 30 Oct 2004 00:00:00 GMT Jihad for Jerusalem explores the agent-structure dynamics in world politics and advances a constructivist theory of choice that explains the role of identity, culture, religion, and other core values in international politics. The struggle for Jerusalem by Iran, Saudi Arabia, book The Bleeding of Iraq and the Rising Insurgency insurgency - gerges.pdf Fawaz A. Mon, 20 Sep 2004 00:00:00 GMT Things are not going well in Iraq. The government handover of power has neither moved the country closer to peaceful democracy nor improved a volatile security situation that has turned Iraq into a living hell. Suicide bombings and attacks against Iraqi officials and civilians, coalition forces, foreigners, and the infrastructure continue unabated. The 17-month-old guerrilla insurgency is getting stronger, sophisticated and more widespread by the day and appears to be reaching a n policy Resistance and Control in Pakistan Akbar Thu, 26 Aug 2004 00:00:00 GMT How can people in the West make sense of contemporary unrest in the Muslim world? Is Islamic fundamentalism to be understood purely in religious terms? In Resistance and Control in Pakistan, one of the world&s leading authorities on Islam, Akbar S. Ahmed, illuminates what is happening book 2004 Presidential Elections: What Should American Muslims Do? elections_policy.pdf Muqtedar Fri, 20 Aug 2004 00:00:00 GMT American Muslims recognize the validity of the democratic process and are eager to participate in it to shape the political environment in which they live. Recent surveys on political attitudes within the community have clearly indicated that American Muslims will participate quite vigorously in the coming presidential elections and will also engage the political process at multiple levels.This Policy Brief examines some of the options for the Muslim community. policy Postmodernism and Islam: Predicament and Promise Akbar Sun, 15 Aug 2004 00:00:00 GMT Can West and East ever understand each other? In this extraordinary book one of the world&s leading Muslim scholars explores an area which has which has been almost entirely neglected by scholars in the field - the area of postmodernism and Islam. This landmark work is startling, book Pakistan&s Drift Into Extremism: Allah, then Army, and America&s War Terror Hassan Sun, 01 Aug 2004 00:00:00 GMT Pakistan&s Drift into Extremism examines the rise of religious extremism in Pakistan and analyzes its connections to the Pakistani army&s policies and fluctuating U.S.-Pakistani relations. It includes profiles of leading Pakistani jihadi groups with details of their origins, development, book Muslim Politics James Mon, 26 Jul 2004 00:00:00 GMT In this updated paperback edition, Dale Eickelman and James Piscatori explore how the politics of Islam play out in the lives of Muslims throughout the world. They discuss how recent events such as September 11 and the 2003 war in Iraq have contributed to reshaping the political book Foster Care: A National Problem Care-A National Problem.pdf Paul Mon, 21 Jun 2004 00:00:00 GMT Each year in our nation, approximately 20,000 youth age out of the foster care system and are faced with the challenges of independent living. Current federal child welfare funding provides very limited support to youth over 18 years of age, resulting in these young adults being discharged at a relatively early stage in the transition to adulthood. Foster youth are considered a high-risk population because they are not only likely to have grown up in poor communities w policy The Greater Middle East Initiative: Off to a Shaky Start policy brief.pdf Farid Sun, 20 Jun 2004 00:00:00 GMT In the past year we have seen tremendous enthusiasm on the part of the administration in promoting democracy and political reform in the Middle East. The most recent plan arrives later this month when the administration will officially launch what it calls the Greater Middle East Initiative (GMEI). Yet despite all the fanfare the new initiative, like many of its predecessors, is unlikely to work. Even before its official launch, the initiative is being greeted w policy Genetically Modified Foods: The Empire Strikes Back? food policy brief - saeed narrow.pdf Saeed Thu, 20 May 2004 00:00:00 GMT As the Twenty-first century has seen the advent of the genetic revolution, there are consequences from the related technology that extend far beyond accepted mainstream areas such as cloning and stem cell research. The current battle between the United States and the European Union over genetically modified (GM) foods will have consequences far greater than mere trade disputes between these two regions. As a high percentage of the developing world is framed within an agrarian policy The Future of Political Islam Graham Fri, 14 May 2004 00:00:00 GMT This sweeping survey of trends in the Muslim world, from Morocco to the Philippines, explores the diversity of Islamic political activity and makes clear that Islamic political movements represent a broad spectrum of outlook and behavior. The issues are not what Islam is, but what book Targets of Suspicion: The Impact of Post-9/11 Policies on Muslims, Arabs and South Asians policy.pdf Paul M. Wed, 12 May 2004 00:00:00 GMT In response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the U.S. government began a campaign of aggressive immigration enforcement targeted at Muslims, Arabs and South Asians. Rather than first seeking to identify suspected terrorists, the government initiated harsh law enforcement actions against whole communities with the hope that some of those caught might be terrorist suspects. Of all the post-9/11 policies, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), c report The Youth Crisis in Middle Eastern Society fuller paper.pdf Graham Mon, 12 Apr 2004 00:00:00 GMT The culture of the Middle East is presently undergoing one of the greatest crises in its modern history. The old authoritarian order, so widespread through much of the region, is running out of steam and out of time. The gulf between ruler and ruled has never been greater, while frustration and anger among the general population at existing conditionseconomic, social, political, and internationalis at new heights. In the meantime, with the 11 September 2 report The US Patriot Act: Impact on the Arab and Muslim American Community act _2-04 - with cover_.pdf Arshad Thu, 01 Apr 2004 00:00:00 GMT Arshad Ahmed and Umar Moghul Former ISPU Research Associates, Arshad Ahmed and Umar Moghul, have presented a detailed analysis of the Patriot Act and its impact on the Muslim and Arab American community. Under the direction of ISPUs Director of Research, Farid Senzai, the study assess the impact of the Act on civil liberties, immigration, banking services, employment, charitable giving, privacy and detention. The Patriot Act, which was passed int report The Human Capital Deficit in the Islamic Non-Profit Sector capital deficit.pdf Aamir A. Thu, 01 Apr 2004 00:00:00 GMT The Human Capital Deficit study was produced as part of a research project entitled Managing Human Capital: Keeping Hope Alive in Organizations, at the Harvard Business School. The study is an important contribution to our understanding of Islamic nonprofit organizations and their views on human capital. The report provides both empirical and anecdotal evidence that the human capital deficit is a major problem within Islamic organizations. According to the report, it report My First Police State Haroon Mon, 01 Sep 2003 00:00:00 GMT In 1991, Saddam Hussein, master of self-made disaster, attacked Kuwait and Saudi Arabia panicked. The Kingdom&s monarchy cried uncle, begging America to come and save it from a threat that probably didn&t exist, ignoring the billions of dollars it had spent on an army. book Islam Under Siege Akbar Fri, 15 Aug 2003 00:00:00 GMT In this groundbreaking book, Akbar Ahmed, one of the world&s leading authorities on Islam, who has worked in the Muslim world but lives in the West, explains what is going wrong in his society by referring to Islamic history and beliefs. Employing theological and anthropological book Peace and the Limits of War: Transcending Classical Conception of Jihad Louay Mon, 02 Jun 2003 00:00:00 GMT Dr. Louay Safi provides a systematic analysis of the Qur’anic reference and the prophetic traditions on peace and war. He critically examines the views of classical and modern Islamic scholars in light of the original intent of the Shar’iah. While his views on this subject were articulated as book The Human Genome Project: Race and Difference: Orientalism and Western Concepts Saeed Tue, 01 Apr 2003 00:00:00 GMT Nature Publications released the Nature Encyclopedia of the Human Genome. This definitive authority on the subject of genomics is compiled as a 5 volume collection. Saeed Khan, a Fellow at ISPU, was invited to contribute to the encyclopedia. his entry is entitled, Race and Difference: Orientalism Western Concepts. In addition, parts of this paper were presented at the University of California-Berkeley on April 18-20, 2003. Mr. Khan presented the paper on th report War Will Not Bring Democracy to the Middle East Farid Sat, 01 Feb 2003 00:00:00 GMT In recent months a growing chorus has emerged both among members of the Bush administration as well as pundits in major newspapers suggesting that regime change in Iraq would help spread democracy across the entire Middle East. Advocates of this optimistic view argue that toppling Saddam would invigorate the Arab street and unleash a democratic wave across the region. The reality is very different. At best these pundits are misinformed of history or at worst, w article American Muslims: Bridging Faith and Freedom Muqtedar Wed, 01 Jan 2003 00:00:00 GMT It&s an inarguable fact that America, representing the West, has a great impact on the lives of people everywhere, regardless of whether they are aware of it or not. Muslim thinkers and leaders have had a polarized view of everything that the west stands for : a model worthy of book On the Boundaries of Theological Tolerance in Islam Sherman Thu, 26 Dec 2002 00:00:00 GMT Abu Hamid al Ghazali, one of the most famous intellectuals in the history of Islam, developed a definition of Unbelief (kufr) to serve as the basis for determining who, in theological terms, should be considered a Muslim and who should not. book No Longer Invisible: Arab and Muslim Exclusion After September 11 Louise Sun, 01 Sep 2002 00:00:00 GMT Unlike other ascribed and self-described people of color in the United States, Arabs are often hidden under the Caucasian label, if not forgotten altogether. But eleven months after September 11, 2001, the Arab-American is no longer invisible. Whether traveling, driving, working, walking through a neighborhood or sitting in their homes, Arabs in America -- citizens and non-citizens -- are now subject to special scrutiny in American society. The violence, discrimination, defamation and in article Putting Defense Back into U.S. Defense Policy: Rethinking U.S. Security in the Post-Cold War World Ivan Sat, 01 Sep 2001 00:00:00 GMT In this powerful and very timely book, Ivan Eland questions the core assumptions of U.S. foreign policy and defense establishments that call for high and increasing defense budgets at home and military interventions around the world. He outlines a security policy more appropriate book The Islamic Roots of Democratic Pluralism Abdulaziz Thu, 04 Jan 2001 00:00:00 GMT This book tackles the most significant issues facing Muslims today. Sachedina argues that we must reopen the doors of religious interpretation--to correct false interpretations, replace outdated laws, and formulate new doctrines. His book critically analyzes book Islam in the United States of America Sulayman Mon, 01 Jan 2001 00:00:00 GMT This book is a collection of essays written over several years. Professor Sulayman S. Nyang has collected them to share with the reading public his insights and research findings on the emerging Muslim community in the United States of America. Working on the assumption that American book America and Political Islam : Clash of Cultures or Clash of Interests? Fawaz A. Fri, 28 May 1999 00:00:00 GMT This book provides a comprehensive account of the origins of American policy on political Islam, chronicling the policy debates on Islamism in the United States over the course of time. The author then delves deeper into the US political scene to analyze the historical, political book Islam: The Straight Path John Thu, 15 Jan 1998 00:00:00 GMT In Islam, Esposito provides a succinct, up-to-date survey of the Islamic experience, an introduction to the faith, belief, and practice of Islam from its origins to its contemporary resurgence. He traces the emergence and development of this dynamic faith and its impact on world book Muslims on the Americanization Path? John Thu, 01 Jan 1998 00:00:00 GMT There are now more Muslims in America than in Kuwait, Qatar, and Libya combined. It is the second largest religion in France and the third in Britain, Germany, and North America. Leaving aside immigration and conversion, birth rate alone ensures that in the first part book Essence of the Quran: Commentary and Interpretation of Surah Al-Fatihah Abdul Fri, 01 Aug 1997 00:00:00 GMT This work is a comprehensive review of the literature on the essential teachings of the Quran. The author draws on an enormous body of literature from many different fields, weaves them together in a coherent whole, and addresses all of the key issues in a candid manner. The book is book Transnational Religion And Fading States James Fri, 13 Dec 1996 00:00:00 GMT Focusing on the dilution of state sovereignty, this book examines how the crossing of state boundaries by religious movements leads to the formation of transnational civil society. Challenging the assertion that future conflict will be of the “clash of civilizations” variety, it book African American Islam Aminah Wed, 14 Dec 1994 00:00:00 GMT Islam is a vital, growing religion in America. Little is known, however, about the religion except through the biased lens of media reports which brand African American Muslims as "Black Muslims" and portray their communities as places of social protest. African American Islam book The Superpowers and the Middle East: Regional and International Politics, 1955-1967 Fawaz A. Thu, 01 Sep 1994 00:00:00 GMT The author brings analytical sophistication and detailed knowledge of a wide variety of sources to bear on a crucial period when the Cold War was being fought out in the Middle East. He is quick to note that neither the United States nor the Soviet Union was particularly successful book Living Islam: From Samarkand to Stornoway Akbar Tue, 01 Mar 1994 00:00:00 GMT Events such as the Rushdie affair, the Gulf War and the collapse of BCCI have focused media attention on Muslims worldwide. "Living Islam" penetrates beyond the often biased Western portrayal of this ancient religion to explore its historical development. book Riba (Usury or Interest) its Condemnation by the Shariah (Islamic Law) & a Proposed Alternative Imtiaz Sat, 01 Jan 1994 00:00:00 GMT This short title discusses the meaning of the terms usury, interest, and riba; riba in pre-Islamic Arabia; the Qur&aan on Riba; ahadith on Ribaa; why Islaam prohibits interest; non-Muslims on interest; interest-free banking systems in the Muslim world; interest in Trinidad; book