Category Archives: Middle East

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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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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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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Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws: Death and Destruction

Another Pakistani politician, this time a Christian cabinet minister was slain by an assassin’s bullet. Shahbaz Bhatti, 41, was ambushed and killed because he campaigned for the country’s blasphemy laws to be amended or abolished. Clearly, passions are running high … 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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IN MEMORIAM: OLEG GRABAR

The scholarly community mourns the loss of Professor Oleg Grabar who died on 8 January 2011 at age 81. Grabar was a renowned and world expert on Islamic art and architecture who held professorships at the University of Michigan, Harvard … 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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