Middle East: Palestine’s unity agreement is a golden opportunity for all

Much of the world has rightly welcomed a unity agreement between competing Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas. It is now up to the hardliners within Hamas and Israel’s ruling Likud party to drop their rejectionist stances on a two-state solution based on the pre-1967 borders. [Read more…]

Islamic charities: Building donor confidence through transparency

Through appropriate planning and disclosure on behalf of organizations, and investigation and research on behalf of donors, Muslim charities can set an example of good governance. [Read more…]

Raid on bin Laden: The fictions we create

Conspiracies are constructed when the truth fails, when the narrative arc of reality does not deliver either the drama or the truth that our instincts demand. The account of Osama bin Laden is no different. [Read more…]

Death of bin Laden: The 5 stages of Muslim-American emotion

A flood of emotion has come over all Americans in the wake of the demise of Osama bin Laden. Muslim Americans are no exception. Aziz Poonawalla takes us through five stages of response. [Read more…]

Quran burning: Burning the myths about Islam

The complete apathy of the ‘Arab spring’ in regards to the burning of a Quran reveals how anger-fuelled riots are borne from suppression of freedom, not the allegedly violent qualities of Islam. [Read more…]

Indonesia: Overcoming fears of radicalism in MENA

The prospect of an Islamist takeover of democratic elections in Egypt and Tunisia may not be as likely as many think, if the experience of Indonesia is anything to go by. Encouraging Islamist political parties to participate in multiparty elections may promote coexistence rather than conflict. [Read more…]

Libya revolts: A convergence of interests and values

As Western military objectives align with Arab/Muslim public opinion in the case of Libya, there is an opportunity to examine ways to create a permanent positive change in relations. [Read more…]

Bahrain protests: Victim vs. victim

Migrant workers and the Shia community comprise two victimised populations in Bahrain; a new system that truly aims to be just and representative must not pitch them against each other. [Read more…]

Arab uprisings: A woman leading change in Yemen

Amidst the protest movement in Yemen challenging the 30-year rule of President Ali Abdullah Saleh is journalist and human rights activist Tawakkul Karman, a woman who challenges Western notions of Muslim women in a pre-(or post-)revolution Middle East. [Read more…]

Egypt protests: Was al-Qaeda’s obituary written in Tahrir Square?

As the wave of revolution continues to roll all across the Arab Middle East, the neo-Kharijite militants of Al Qaeda have been relatively silent, as political change coming about using peaceful, non-violent protest is Al Qaeda’s worst nightmare [Read more…]