March 8, 2020
Put goodness at the heart of your labours: 15 aphorisms for academics [THE]

March 8, 2020 In the spring of 2005, I walked into my viva at the University of Warwick and walked out with my thesis having been accepted. Years of work had paid off. Yet that was only the beginning of an academic voyage, not the end. Over the course of the past 15 years, students have asked for […]

March 4, 2020
Is Al-Azhar pushing the envelope? [OPEN DEMOCRACY]

March 4, 2020 We buy weapons to kill each other, we buy death with our money,” Shaykh al-Azhar, Ahmad al-Tayyib, said, as he came to the end of his intervention during a very public conference in Cairo, entitled “Al-Azhar International Conference on the Rejuvenation of Islamic Thought”. And then, presumably referencing the recent “Deal of the […]

February 25, 2020
Hosni Mubarak Is Dead, and His Downfall Is His Legacy [FOREIGN POLICY]

February 25, 2020 One of modern Egypt’s most famous preachers was Sheikh Muhammad Metwalli al-Sharawi, who died in 1998 at the age of 87. He was popular in the days before social media even existed—yet a clip of his continues to be seen online more than 20 years after his death. It’s a line he […]

February 11, 2020
‘And give good tidings to the strangers’ [MADAMASR]

  For years now, I’ve had an edited copy of a famous picture of a solitary German man standing in a crowd of Nazi supporters in 1935 as the background to my Facebook page. Surrounded by scores of presumably loyal backers of the Third Reich, who all appear to be offering the Nazi salute, he […]

February 8, 2020
Is an “Islamic Reformation” a good idea? (Probably not, but some people want one anyway) [ABC]

February 8, 2020 “I always look at the Middle East and think, you know, in America, we think that the default position is peace. And we go to war, we have a war, somebody wins, somebody loses, we finish, we have a peace agreement, we go back to our lives. The Middle East, they’ve been […]

January 9, 2020
Middle Eastern Voices Deserve to Be Heard in Western Media [FOREIGN POLICY]

January 9, 2020 As the news of the killing of Qassem Suleimani sunk in, the differences between how it was covered in the West and the reaction in the wider Arab world became clear. As one Syrian writer based in the United States noted, the voices of Syrians, Iraqis, and Lebanese—the “main victims” of Suleimani—have been […]

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