Has political Islam failed? Islamic intellectual Tariq Ramadan discusses Islamism and the rise and fall of the Muslim Brotherhood —Al Jazeera video

Has the Arab Spring turned into an Islamist winter? Mehdi Hasan challenges Islamic intellectual Tariq Ramadan on the principles and practice of political Islam. Together they dissect the Arab revolts, focusing on Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise and demise, and the subsequent military coup. So, has political Islam failed in Egypt? Did the Muslim Brotherhood…

The Battle for Control of Al-Azhar — by Khairi Abaza on Fikra Forum org

May 15, 2013 by Khairi Ab In the wake of the crisis between radical Islamists and Copts during the Coptic Easter, another major religious crisis has been unfolding in Egypt. Al-Azhar, one of the world’s most respected institutions of religious learning for Sunni Muslims, is on a collision course with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and…

~Looking Back~ Three questions for Islamists — Common Ground News Service article by Mustafa Husayn, Abu Rumman imam of the Ibn Sinan mosque in Amman, Jordan

Amman – As an imam at a mosque in the Jordanian capital Amman, I have been following the dramatic developments across North Africa and the Middle East with a combination of high hopes and grave concern. The phenomenon of young people organising peacefully to demand political reform, economic opportunity and human rights is a source…

Tajikistan: IRP Leader Examines Moderate Islam’s Influence in Central Asia – Eurasianet org’s article by Richard Weitz

Tajikistan has experienced bouts of internal violence in the past couple of years, but the bloody episodes in the Rasht Valley and in Gorno-Badakhshan have little to do with home-grown Islamic extremism, asserts Muhiddin Kabiri, the leader of the Islamic Renaissance Party of Tajikistan, the only legally operating, religiously oriented political group in Central Asia…

An Appeal to the Contemporary Muslim Conscience – By Tariq Ramadan Special to Gulf News

mardi,  18 septembre 2012 Version imprimable One controversy subsides ; another worse one begins. After the Danish cartoons, the Dutch video “Fitna” and several low-grade irritants, a short, crudely executed—and scrupulously insulting—film has inflamed deep-seated resentments. Several hundred furious demonstrators gathered in front of the American Embassy in Cairo and the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi,…

Timbuktu shrine destruction a ‘war crime’: ICC – Dawn Com News

BAMAKO: Islamist rebels in northern Mali smashed four more tombs of ancient Muslim saints in Timbuktu on Sunday as the International Criminal Court warned their campaign of destruction was a war crime. The hardline Islamists who seized control of Timbuktu along with the rest of northern Mali three months ago, consider the shrines to be…

A Look at the Root Causes of the Arab Revolution: Rising Literacy and a Shrinking Birth Rate – Spiegel Interview with French social scientist Emmanuel Todd

AFP In a SPIEGEL interview, French social scientist Emmanuel Todd discusses the demographic roots of the Arab revolution, which he argues was spurred by rising literacy and rapidly shrinking birth rates. He also muses on the ghost of Osama bin Laden, arguing “al-Qaida was already dead,” and on why he believes Germany is not a part of the…