Oct 03, 2012
This new series provides a platform for women to engage in a free and fluid exchange about pivotal Middle East issues. For the first piece, women across the region were asked to answer this question: What should be the role of Islam in your society? And what should be Islam’s role in your government?
Sep 28, 2012
On Sept. 9, the Salafi preacher and television host Sheikh Khalid Abdullah aired a YouTube clip of the "Innocence of Muslims" film on satellite channel al Nas. Religious leaders across the region condemned the film's offensive content. High-ranking clerics in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and elsewhere called for restraint after the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya on Sept. 11.
Sep 28, 2012
The leaders of Islamist governments in Egypt, Libya and Tunisia have condemned attacks on U.S. embassies and consulates in reaction to the offensive “Innocence of Muslims” film. In public statements and private contacts with American officials, all three leaders assured the United States that the assaults did not reflect government policy or public opinion among the majority in their countries. Each of them blamed small groups of extremists.
Sep 14, 2012
On Sept. 14, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for restraint in reaction to “The Innocence of Muslims” movie. The amateur film’s offensive portrayal of the Prophet Mohammed has prompted protests in more than a dozen countries in the region since Sept. 11. Erdogan condemned the deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Sep 11, 2012
Three years after Facebook launched an Arabic interface, charismatic Muslim sheikhs are gaining a new generation of followers by tapping into interactive media. Since 2009, hundreds of 21st century preachers have created digital forums that allow distant audiences to communicate with them—and with each other. Tweets and Facebook updates keep the faithful engaged with Islamic content even if they miss their favorite sheikh’s television program.
Aug 07, 2012
The Hizb-ut-Tahrir is a global Islamist organization that pledges to overthrow governments through nonviolent means. It poses a unique challenge in Pakistan, argues South Asia Associate Michael Kugelman in a New York Times op-ed.
Jul 03, 2012
Former Wilson Center Fellow Samer Shehata is the editor of a newly published book: Islamist Politics in the Middle East: Movements and Change (Routledge). Shehata wrote the book’s introduction and one of the chapters entitled “Political Da‘wa: Understanding the Muslim Brotherhood’s Participation in Semi-Authoritarian Elections.” He was a Fellow at the Center in 2008-2009.
Nov 08, 2011
In China, more people than ever are openly worshiping their faith. This phenomenon is seen in virtually any society where religion has been suppressed and then is permitted to flourish.
Sep 19, 2011
Kristen Ghodsee has won two prizes for Muslim Lives in Eastern Europe: Gender, Ethnicity and the Transformation of Islam in Postsocialist Bulgaria, a book she worked on as a fellow at The Wilson Center from 2005 to 2006.
Jul 05, 2011
Wilson Center Senior Scholar Margot Badran is the editor of a new book Gender and Islam in Africa: Rights, Sexuality, and Law