Education: A motor of change for Saudi Arabia

A new university in Saudi Arabia, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, represents a small step in the direction of religious and racial diversity for the conservative kingdom. [Read more…]

Book "Homeland Insecurity": The focal point of cross-cultural dialogue

Louise Cainkar’s new book Homeland Insecurity argues that 9/11 created an environment in which hostility toward Muslims could thrive and their political and social exclusion could be legitimated by both the government and nativist Americans. [Read more…]

First Amendment rights: Extremism? Or religious belief?

As long as speech is not directly connected with imminent, violent action, for those who sincerely believe that what they are preaching is part of their faith, having to curtail it for no other reason than the threat of prosecution is an infringement of their First Amendment right to the free exercise of religion. [Read more…]

Pluralism: Why “tolerance” is not enough

For Muslims, dealing with pluralism will require creative re-interpretation of their scriptural sources and re-evaluation of their historical experiences. Mere “tolerance” is not enough; Muslims should unite with people of other religions and work toward the common goal of justice. [Read more…]

Free speech: Are those fighting words?

Shock jocks and Muslim firebrands alike may offend many, but there is no reasoned basis to ban these individuals from the United Kingdom, as 16 individuals have been. Application of a standard akin to America’s “fighting words” doctrine could help define the limits and protect free speech rights in the broadest form possible. [Read more…]