Five Years After the Arab Uprisings: An Interview with Asef Bayat

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This interview was conducted on the occasion of the publication of the Turkish editions of Asef Bayat’s Making Islam Democratic and Life as Politics (Stanford University Press, 2007 and 2013 respectively), and originally appeared in Cumhuriyet Kitap 1366 (21 April …
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‘Nothing mysterious about Islamic State’

By: Farooq Sulehria

Professor of Development Studies and International Relations at SOAS, Gilbert Achcar discusses the Arab Uprising and the rise of the Islamic State (Daesh) “There is nothing mysterious about the so-called Islamic State…It is presently, perhaps, the most studied and researched …
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The Islamization of radicalism

By: Olivier Roy

Is France at war? Perhaps. But against whom or against what?     The Islamic State (IS) militant group did not send Syrians to carry out attacks in France to dissuade the French government from bombing them. The IS draws …
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Amira Hass: “Let me be blunt: Gaza is a Huge Concentration Camp”

By: Amira Hass / Julie Poucher Harbin

  This past Spring Amira Hass, correspondent for Haaretz, spoke at the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke University. Hass, an Israeli who has won numerous awards for her reporting, has been covering the region since the early 90s. …
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Islamic history is full of free thinkers – but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd

The West's best hope of dealing with the rise of Islamic extremism is to challenge the doctrines manufactured by religious scholars past and present, argues Ziauddin Sardar
By: Ziauddin Sardar

“This has nothing to do with Islam,” say the imams. “These callous and fanatic murders have nothing to do with us,” say the mullahs. “Islam means peace,” say the worshippers. These disclaimers, and variations on them, have been repeated countless …
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How Nouri al-Maliki´s Policies are Dooming Iraq

By: Nabeel Khoury

After three years of bashing Sunni opponents and lending assistance to Iran and Bashar Al-Assad’s regime in Syria, , i Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki’s chickens have now come home to roost. Fighters from the Islamic State in Iraq and the …
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“The battle is among Muslims themselves – a battle for the very soul of Islam” by MONA SIDDIQUI

The British Muslim academic Mona Siddiqui writes about the “Arabisation” of Islam and changing attitudes to Muslims in the west. If you were to assess much of the current coverage of Anglicanism, Roman Catholicism and Islam, you could be forgiven …
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Genealogies of Religion, Twenty Years On: An Interview with Talal Asad

Craig Martin: Last fall, realizing that 2013 marked the twentieth anniversary of Talal Asad’s Genealogies of Religion: Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam, I interviewed Talal Asad—Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at The City University of New York—on …
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Muslims in Liberal Democracies

Harvard professor and Islam expert Jocelyne Cesari looks into the mechanisms of the West’s fear of Islam, and ponders on how the dominant narrative that tends to present Islam as an alien religion can be countered The integration of Muslim …
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