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Arab Constitutions and American Freedoms

The deeply contentious referendum on Egypt’s new constitution last December 2012 gave me some hope that not all is lost to Arabs and Muslims in the aftermath of the revolutions…

The Tyranny of Religious Scholars

As any observer will have noticed, the debates that are consuming many Arabs right now have to do with the place of religion in their societies. Most Muslims want freedom…

The Specter of Salafism

Many people in the Muslim world are scrambling to get out from centuries (not just decades) of tyranny and build a good future for themselves and their descendants. They want…

Obama, Romney and Islam

The 2012 U.S. presidential election was most intriguing for what was relatively absent from the debates.  We didn’t hear much about President Barack Obama’s hidden Islamic faith, although an exchange…

Fury Unbound

The French are in trouble. The publication Charlie Hebdo has just published cartoons of Islam’s prophet, Mohammed, and now the French government is taking measures to protect its citizens in…