Freedom of expression: Beyond the language of law

America’s First Amendment enables the expression of repugnant and abhorrent opinions, but it also allows religious minorities, such as American Muslims, to build their places of worship regardless of who opposes them due to their own sensitivities. Neither right should be compromised. [Read more…]

Economics: The myth of Ramadan’s low productivity

Although reduced productivity in during the month of Ramadan may be a predictable fact for many predominantly Muslim countries, a new study shows their stock markets rise surprisingly, highlighting charity as a significant factor in global economy. [Read more…]

Journalism: The Arab world needs more new media

The Arab world needs is increased freedom and engagement by diverse bloggers, beyond the activists and militant and political groups. This can only happen if it is made more accessible to contributors and readers and less regulated. [Read more…]

Civil rights: Turning our back on religious freedom

The political backlash and opportunism surrounding President Obama’s defense of Muslims’ First Amendment rights continues to jeopardize religious freedom for all Americans. [Read more…]

Muslim youth: Anti-terror camp trains youth to counter extremism

What drives a Western born-and-bred youngster, with all the privileges of an education, a modern lifestyle and freedom of speech, to violently attack his fellow countrymen? [Read more…]

Education: The other Islam controversy in NYC

The campaign for school holidays for Muslim students in New York City may actually be detrimental to religious freedom by creating an all or nothing conflict – either recognize all holidays or none – that is most likely to result in the recognition of none. [Read more…]

Pakistan: Everyday acts of intolerance

While there have been some military victories against militant strongholds in Pakistan’s tribal areas, the social project of producing a radicalised Pakistan attracted to literal and intolerant interpretations of faith is flourishing. [Read more…]

Diplomacy: Keep allies close, but Iran closer

The never-ending ability of Iran to outsmart and be underestimated by its foes means that a more daring and honest approach is needed to foster peace and stability in the Middle East. [Read more…]

Education: A Dutch Islamic university takes root

In setting up an institution in the Netherlands that specializes in Islamic education, the newly accredited Islamic University of Rotterdam is developing standards that harmonize with Dutch traditions. [Read more…]

Leisure: Halal tourism goes mainstream

Despite the worldwide recession, Muslims in greater numbers are searching for Muslim-friendly hotels and resorts to spend their money on, leaving hotels from Muslim and Western countries alike scrambling to earn their business. [Read more…]