How the West Undermined Women’s Rights in the Arab World — by Nicola Pratt on Jadaliyya com|Based on the research conducted by the author

[Mother of the martyr. Photo by Nicola Pratt]  (…) Decolonizing Gender in the Arab World My research has sought to critically engage with two core assumptions underpinning the formulation of such a paradox. The first assumption is the reduction of women’s activism to the act of resisting patriarchy. This assumption is embedded within the concept…

Der Tagesspiegel–Germany: Arab world passive on Gaza — Euro Topics Net

Der Tagesspiegel – Germany|Arab world passive on Gaza   The biggest protests against Israel’s offensive in the Gaza Strip aren’t taking place in the Middle East but in Europe, a situation that has much to do with the political configurations three years after the Arab Spring, the liberal daily Tagesspiegel believes: “The region is becoming…

Democracy in the scope of religions – by Radwan Masmoudi on Reset Doc org

(This article summarizes a paper presented by Radwan Masmoudi, President of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy, at the International Conference on “Religion and Democracy in Europe and the Arab world” organized on 29-30 November 2012, at the Lebanese American University – Byblos- Lebanon.) Forty or fifty years ago, most thinkers and…

The Aga Khan Music Initiative and Al Mawred Al Thaqafy Bring Together Arab and Central Asian Musicians at Sixth Remix Music Workshop in Aswan – AKDN News

Abdallah Abo Zekry from Egypt and Sirojiddin Juraev from Tajikistan, two of the musicians collaborating in the sixth Remix Music Workshop in Aswan, Egypt. Aswan, 18 September 2011 – The Aga Khan Music Initiative and Al Mawred Al Thaqafy (Culture Resource) launched the Sixth Remix music workshop and tour under the leadership of Egyptian music director Fathy…

A New Video Series launched on 100 Questions About Islam – British Council Org

BRITISH COUNCIL, UNITED NATIONS ALLIANCE OF CIVILIZATIONS AND TOP US UNIVERSITIES RELEASE VIDEO SERIES 100 QUESTIONS ABOUT ISLAM Washington; New York; Columbia, MO (August 2, 2011) – A new video series launched today provides commentary and insight on current perceptions of Islam and Muslim cultures and the challenges faced in fostering cross-cultural dialogue between Muslim…

The Israeli uprising – by Naava Mashiah at CG News Service

Geneva – “What Israel now needs is an uprising.” This is the comment I heard on the side-lines of the discussions at a conference called “Enriching the Economic Future of the Middle East VI” that took place in mid-May in Qatar. Over 600 participants from 80 counties gathered to discuss the implications of the recent…

Turkey asserting its new economic power – Deccan Herald Com News

A core of internation-ally competitive companies is turning Turkey into a major hub. For decades, Turkey has been told it was not ready to join the European Union — that it was too backward economically to qualify for membership in the now 27-nation club. That argument may no longer hold. Today, Turkey is a fast-rising…