On the Genesis of Violent Extremism: The Mutazila, Ibn Hanbal and the Advent of Taqlid

  Since the so-called “War on Terror” began after 9-11 the number of terrorist groups has increased and the territory under their control has exponentially grown across countries like Iraq, Syria, Libya and Somalia. Neither full scale invasions such as those of Afghanistan and Iraq nor targeted drone operations have succeeded in militarily defeating terrorist [Read More…]

The Speech Donald Trump Will NOT Be Making In Saudi Arabia

According to National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster, President Trump will be giving an “inspiring yet direct” talk about Islam and the need to confront extremism during his trip to Saudi Arabia. McMaster said that more than fifty leaders of Muslim majority nations will be in attendance. He further stated that:  “The speech is intended to unite the broader Muslim world [Read More…]

To Fight Terror Break the Vicious Cycle of Trauma

Chosen Trauma The term “chosen trauma” was first used by Psychoanalyst Vamik Volkan in an essay published in 1991.  It refers to a group ascribing an inordinate amount of emotional and historic significance to a persecutory event. Destructive and Reparative Leadership According to Volkan traumatized groups evolve two kinds of leadership. The “reparative” type uses the traumatic [Read More…]

Pope Francis in Egypt: The “Salaam” That Must Echo Around The World

  “As-Salaam Alaikum” “Peace be on you”, in Arabic: that is how Pope Francis opened his address at a peace conference hosted by Al-Azhar university in Cairo, Egypt today. He is on an official visit to bring a message of peace and continue the dialogue of reconciliation he started in 2016 with Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, [Read More…]

Fighting The Persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt Is A Religious Duty For All Muslims

Some of my best childhood memories are of Thursday evenings spent at the Coptic Club in Khartoum, Sudan. Most patrons there were members of the Coptic community but everyone was welcome. Immigrant Copts from Egypt have been in Sudan for over a century and currently number over half a million. As is the case in [Read More…]

انتفاضة الروح (The Uprising Of The Soul)

    A hymn for those who believe in the evidence of subjective experience. For those who have chewed on the hollow reed of skepticism and found that it is the most deceptive restraint of all. For those who have experienced liberation in humility, the humility of belief in the only One who is Real.   [Read More…]

The Terror Debate, In Heavy Metal

This article is cross-posted from the author’s blog on Huffington Post.   The Queen of Hearts has summoned the “Council of the Curiouser” for an emergency session to discuss the scourge of LOCO OSIRIS, a mysterious group that has killed thousands in Wonderland. Among those present are the Mad Hatter, the March Hare, the White [Read More…]

Islam, Apostasy and Ex-Muslims: Time for a Paradigm Shift

Prominent among the contemporary criticisms of Islam is the concept of apostasy and its prosecution as a crime in Muslim majority nations. The opinion I have formed through my personal knowledge of the Quran is that it does not support punishment for apostasy. However, I do not aim to focus on a theological rebuttal of [Read More…]

The History Of The Soul

The Weaver of Parables rose and silence descended on the gathering. His face alone was lit by the fire he stood before; all else was shadow. When he spoke, staring into the flames, the darkness itself seemed to hearken: “The First Men wrote their history in the images that they painted and carved on the [Read More…]