Category Archives: Middle East

Bashing Muslims helped Trump win. Now he needs a Muslim-world win to help fix his image. by Ebrahim Moosa

Bashing Muslims helped Trump win. Now he needs a Muslim-world win to help fix his image  https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2017/05/20/bashing-muslims-helped-trump-win-now-he-needs-a-muslim-world-win-to-help-fix-his-image/?utm_term=.da5b3dd4ed52

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On Educating Oneself

Conditions of death and destruction force us to ask the question: what is wrong with human beings? What is the human condition? In other words, what dehumanizes our souls, minds and sensibilities to commit such unspeakable acts to each other? Why do some of these muscular devotees of Islam produce teachings that violate human dignity at every turn? I need not be reminded that their super power adversaries are equally craven. … Is it not time that conscientious Muslims produce what can be called the “violence critique?” ….While I concede my education was imperfect, but from somewhere I acquired the sensibility to question the unquestionable. The example of the hierodules, those slaves who served the ancient Greek temples come to mind. The hierodules had the advantage over the priests when it came to the secrets of the cult (Calasso 2005). They were surely no less knowledgeable than the priests, but because they were servants they were prepared to take risks and were more willing to expose, question and explore the secrets of the cult. I too behaved like the hierodules. Continue reading

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Tribute to Professor Shahab Ahmed (1966-2015)

Ever since I heard of Shahab Ahmed’s illness, a few weeks ago, to say I was terribly unsettled, would not be an exaggeration. A particular malignant form of leukemia overwhelmed his body. I was praying for a miracle, but the … Continue reading

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The Sunni Orthodoxy in Critical Muslim

Ebrahim Moosa suggests the Sunnis, the majority Muslim sect, need to rethink their history Continue reading

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Walking Egypt back from the brink of anarchy by Ebrahim Rasool and Ebrahim Moosa, Friday, August 16,

Preventing Egypt from sliding into civil war is a global security issue, as young militants who a year ago trusted the ballot box could potentially turn into the next generation of extremists. Continue reading

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Return to Dictatorship in Egypt

Then they came for the right thinking people of Egypt, and there was no one left to speak for what is “right,” for “thinking,” and for the “people.” Continue reading

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End of Ramadan

Islamic lunar calendar confusion continues until proper scientific conventions are adopted and the lunar calendar is predictable and certain and not subject to the vagaries of sighting. Continue reading

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Morsi’s Last Chance: by EBRAHIM MOOSA for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 8, 2012:

President Mohammad Morsi of Egypt should scrap his tough guy image and appetite for power grabs. In canceling the decree that gave him sweeping powers, he took a step in the right direction tonight. But he is not out of … Continue reading

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US Policy Towards Iran Requires An Urgent Rethink

Sanity would require that unconditional US talks with Tehran begin as soon as possible….An emboldened nuclear Iran would be bad news for Iran’s citizens combating a repressive clerical regime…But it might paradoxically change the balance of power in the region and might result in some unpredictable gains for disenfranchised Palestinians. Continue reading

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Chicago by Alaa al-Aswany

Coleridge long ago said poets were humankind’s unacknowledged legislators. But if you care to read further you might agree with me that novelists too could enjoy this privileged position. Recently, I cited the Egyptian novelist, Alaa al-Aswany in an article … Continue reading

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