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A Coup by Any Other Name -#Egypt

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It wasn't suppose to be this way. Everyone in Egypt knew, without question, that the country would hit a hurdle or two on its road to a fully functioning democracy. It was thought, however, that we would stumble along, but nonetheless move forward. The idea that Egypt could backslide – certainly, so soon into their democratic experiment – was simply ... Read More »

Egypt’s Political Crisis: What You Need to Know About Morsi, the Brotherhood and “Tamarod”

Mideast Egypt Return to Protests

Much has changed in the nearly two and a half years since Egyptians took to the streets to topple the thirty-year regime of Hosni Mubarak. Much has also remained the same – or gotten worse. These observations go doubly for the one year since Muḥammad Morsi became Egypt's first freely elected president. No one expected the years following Mubarak's fall ... Read More »

Islamic Political Thought: Sacred and the Secular

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A number of classical and contemporary scholars proposed divisions for the actions of the Prophet . Chief among them are Ibn al-Qayyim al-Jawziah, in several writings including 'Ilam al-Muwaiqqi'in, imām Ibn 'Ashur in his treatise on the Maqasid al Shari'ah, Shah Wali Allāh al-Dahlawi in his book “Hujjat Allāh al-Balighah,” however, the pioneer in this field was imām Shihab al-Din ... Read More »

Making Sense of the Egyptian Elections: A Political Analysis

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By: A Voice from Egypt On Sunday, June 24, 2012, Muḥammad Morsi became the first democratically elected president in the history of Egypt.  For the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi's victory must seem like the culmination of a 90 year struggle to gain political influence over Egyptian politics.  However, the future is fraught with difficulties, since Egypt's revolution was partial and remains incomplete.  Furthermore, the Muslim Brotherhood are ... Read More »

UCLA’s 23rd Annual MLK Oratorical Competition | Winning Speech by a Muslim Youth

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By: Hafiz Sohaib Baig Transcript: بسـم الله الرحمن الرحيم   I will first start with a verse from the Qurʾān, which I will recite in Arabic and then read the English translation.   “Truly, God does not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” (Qurʾān 13:11) America is facing immense challenges today. Often, pressure ... Read More »

Reaction to Abdul Jalil’s Libya Freedom Speech (ref to Islamic Sharia State) Hypocritical?

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Why the alarm-bells to Abdul Jalil's reference to Islamic law, yet no such alarm when he refers to other forms and state of government? Read More »

Tariq Ramadan: Tunisia and Africa : The New Realignment

No one can deny the sudden and unforeseen nature of the Tunisian uprising. Mohamed Bouazizi's self-immolation touched off a movement that quickly evolved from a popular uprising into a broad-based revolutionary upheaval. Years of suffocation and frustration gave the movement the energy and the strength to overthrow the dictator Ben Ali who, to everyone's surprise, fled his country very quickly ... Read More »

Yasir Qadhi | God’s Law and Man-Made Laws: Muslims Living in Secular Democracies

One of the thornier issues that conservative Muslims who live in liberal democracies face is the question of navigating a relationship between Shariah and the laws of the land where they live. On the one hand, traditional Muslims believe in a Divine Law that dictates not only their rituals of worship, but also many aspects of their regular life, such as business transactions and family issues. On the other hand, for Muslims living as minorities in Western lands, the laws of the land typically also regulate these aspects of life. Read More »

C&L: Sen. Al Franken Announces Bill to Keep Foreign Interests Out of Elections

In the past week, I've heard of other Senate and House versions of a bill forbidding campaign contributions from foreign-owned companies (and in one case, companies that have even one foreign stockholder). Read More »

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