Saudi Arabia—This is Leadership?

By: Graham E. Fuller


President Obama has good reason to try to reassure GCC leaders this week at Camp David that America has not abandoned them; they represent an important economic force. But they cannot, as constituted, represent a positive force for leadership in …
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Olivier Roy on Laicite as Ideology, the Myth of ‘National Identity’ and Racism in the French Republic

By: Myriam Francois-Cerrah

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Following the Charlie Hebdo attacks, Professor Olivier Roy, Head of the Mediterranean Program at the European University Institute discusses the development of the concept of laicite in France, from its emergence as a tool for the management of diversity, to …
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Kamran Rastegar, Surviving Images: Cinema, War, and Cultural Memory in the Middle East

By: Kamran Rastegar

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Kamran Rastegar, Surviving Images: Cinema, War, and Cultural Memory in the Middle East. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.     Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Kamran Rastegar (KR): I tend to agree with the …
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Interview Author Pankaj Mishra

The ‘western model’ and its discontents: an interview with Pankaj Mishra


The Indian essayist Pankaj Mishra believes that the west has lost the power to create a world after its own image. What is the future of the ‘western model’?     William Eichler: You recently wrote in the Guardian, adopting …
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2015-Muslim Youth and Its Politics” with Prof. Asef Bayat

The politics of presence

By: Asef Bayat

Congruence between Islam and democracy is not simply a philosophical issue, but a political one. It is a matter of struggle. The pertinent question is not whether Islam and democracy are compatible, but rather how and under what conditions Muslims …
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The destructive legacy of Arab liberals, By Joseph Massad The Electronic Intifada

By: Joseph Massad

It has become commonplace to present Arab Islamists of all political stripes (liberals, conservatives, radicals, neoliberals, moderates, extremists, nonviolent, violent, etc.) as a most, if not the most, dangerous political force in the Arab world since the 1967 War. In …
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Do Muslims Belong in the West? An Interview with Talal Asad

By: Hasan Azad

In this discussion, Talal Asad identifies the problematic ways in which the presence of Muslim communities in Western contexts has been characterized in response to outbreaks of violence such as the recent events in Paris. Asad argues that many of …
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A Islamic State (IS) ; A totalitarian, expansive and hegemonic project

By: Volker Perthes

Are we underestimating the scope of Islamic State (IS) by referring to it as a “terrorist militia”? IS raises taxes, recruits soldiers, pays officials and is keeping oil wells in operation. According to Volker Perthes, it would be more accurate …
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Charlie’s questions

By: Esma Moukhtar

How should we respond to an attack that hits so close? The initial reaction was an unambiguous and unanimous “Je suis Charlie”. Which was an appropriate way to start. But does that mean that everything has been said and done? …
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