Afghan women: Pawns of war and peace

Unless the international community recognizes its responsibility to fulfill its commitments to Afghan women, marginalization and banishment will once again reappear. [Read more…]

CAP report on Islamophobia: Fighting the defamation of Muslim Americans

This report exposes these alleged “patriots” for what they really are: the primary motivators of fear and bigotry in an economically uncertain and politically volatile climate which urgently needs less hate, division and fear mongering. [Read more…]

British Muslims: Contributing more than you might think

When British Muslims are able to work collaboratively on projects that benefit the larger community with like-minded youth together across faith lines, it gives them a chance to explore their abilities, interpersonal skills and dynamism. And many of those go on to become role models for others. [Read more…]

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…]