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Muslim democracies: A new kind of political system?

ANDRE PAIN EPA Egyptian protesters perform the Friday noon prayer, during a protest marking the second anniversary of the Egyptian … Continued

The sacralized myth of 9/11

This Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, will undoubtedly mark the apotheosis of the long sacralization of the terrorist attacks that brought … Continued

Mr. President, seize this moment

An anti-Mubarack protestor watches the rally below from atop a bill board in Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt on … Continued

Little that Obama can do to dissuade detractors

President Obama’s 10-day Asia trip includes visits to India and Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim country. The president chose not … Continued

Old vices don’t improve with age

Speaking to a meeting of Hasidic Jewish leaders on Sunday, New York GOP gubernatorial candidate Carl Paladino said, “I don’t … Continued

Demystifying “Shariah”

By Nasim Rehmatullah and Amjad Mahmood Khan  Shariah is a misunderstood and misused concept. Critics of Islam frequently employ terms … Continued

Book burning: a terrible freedom

By Gustav Niebuhr How many people remember the photographs of British men in Bradford, England, burning a copy of Salman … Continued

Successful couples share same religious or moral vision

Chelsea Clinton, raised Methodist, and Marc Mezvinsky, Jewish, will wed this weekend. Statistics show that 37 percent of Americans have … Continued

A prince, not a theologian

Speaking before the Oxford Center for Islamic Studies, Prince Charles of England declared that “the Islamic world is the custodian … Continued

Religious freedom requires thick skin

By Rob AsgharCenter on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California While a Berkley Center conference this week at Georgetown University … Continued

Welcome back to medieval times

The recently passed law in Ireland against blasphemy, which threatens $35,000 fines for any person who “publishes or utters matter … Continued

Iran and the Paradox of Paradise

Given the election-related turmoil in the Islamic Republic of Iran, can democracy ever take hold in a theocracy? How should … Continued

Speaking Truth to the UN Human Rights Council

By Ira Rifkinauthor, journalist In 1984, Wendy’s introduced a TV commercial that featured three elderly women lifting the top half … Continued

Appeals for Peace Must Move Beyond Religion

At his inauguration, President Obama said: “The Muslim world, we seek a new way forward, based on mutual interest and … Continued

Reflections on Russia

I have wanted to visit Russia my entire life. I have dreamed of it, hoped for it, and been disappointed … Continued

Who Speaks for Islam?

The politicization of scholars, experts and media commentators post-9/11 has created a minefield for policymakers and the general public as … Continued

On Law and Faith: The Sharia and Public Life

Last week’s comments by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, are an important discussion not just for the 80 million … Continued