Category Archives: Foreign Policy

Aesthetics and Transcendence in the Arab Uprisings

Recently I published a piece in Middle East Law and Governance 3 (2011) 171–180 Aesthetics and Transcendence in the Arab Uprisings

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Hizbullah’s part in Gaddafi’s downfall

Hizbullah’s part in Gaddafi’s downfall.

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Extra-Judicial Executions of America’s Enemies

The Obama administration seems to have signed off on the execution of Anwar al-Awlaki, an American citizen who fled to Yemen from where he mobilized terrorists in order to attack America. A few months ago, Osama bin Laden, arch-terrorist master-mind … Continue reading

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Beirut visit in April 2011

Perhaps a politics of love might find a way to heal the suffering of the past under dictatorships. Continue reading

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Middle East Spring of Discontent: Libya

The Spring of Discontent surges forward in the Middle East—with Libya and Bahrain showing strong symptoms of public anger and discontent against their rulers. In Tripoli, the Libyan capital, mercenaries that Libya’s dictator, Mu`ammar al-Qadhdhafi had cultivated over the years … Continue reading

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TV interview on crisis in Egypt & Islam and Democracy

My interview with WRAL on the Egypt Crisis My interview at Duke University on Islam and Democracy

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Demagoguery in the Name of the Prophet: Pakistan’s Paradoxes and Paranoia

Even more sickening than the assassination was to see Pakistani lawyers showering the killer with rose petals when he appeared in court. These were the same lawyers who were fighting for democracy and liberty a few years ago but today they are aiding and abetting murder in the name of the Prophet!…Centuries ago, the great Ibn Arabi, a great admirer of the Prophet and a frequent visitor to the holy shrine in Mecca, the Ka`ba, wrote in a poem: “How can the holy status of the Ka`ba ever be compared to the greater value of a human being.” Continue reading

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Duke Class: Muslims Traditions in Learning

Duke Students, want to know about Muslim institutions of learning such as mosque-universities, scholars who wrote books on law, theology, history and philosophy? Want to know more about what happens inside the madrasas of South Asia and what are their … Continue reading

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Religion and the Midterm elections

I wrote this brief reflection for the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) on the recent US midterm elections. American civil religion took a massive shellacking all summer in a momentum that reached into the fall as politicians on both sides … Continue reading

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THE YEAR 2010

I hope 2010 brings greater world peace. Yet the prognosis is not very good.  The attempted bombing of a plane to Detroit and the escalation of the war in Afghanistan will unfortunately, only provide oxygen to the cause of angry … Continue reading

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