Malise Ruthven argues that Hamid Dabashi's book, Shi'ism: A Religion of Protest, performs a vital cultural and political service by emancipating Shiism from its use by Iran.
Pol Gradaigh explains why Egyptian parties are cautious of the term "secular," opting instead to define themselves as a "civic" state against Islamist ideology.
Robin Wright argues that Islam is emerging as an equally potent force as democracy in defining the new order in the Middle East.
Elliott Abrams and Dwight Bashir lead a conversation on the Iranian regime's persecution of members of the Baha'i faith.
Raj Bhala, associate dean for international and comparative law and Rice distinguished professor at University of Kansas School of Law, discusses "Understanding Sharia: From Caliphate to Current Day."
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From sharia law to reestablishing banks, Mark Urban questions what the rise of political Islam will mean for citizens of Northern Africa.
Sharia, or Islamic law, is increasingly in the spotlight as its political and economic role expands in the Muslim world and even in the West.
Yasmine El Rashidi examines why many Egyptians consider the violence surrounding the "Bloody Sunday" Coptic march as a dark turning point in the country's bid to build an inclusive democratic society.
The weekend's military crackdown on Coptic Christian demonstrations in Cairo underscores Egypt's sectarian problems, the entrenched power of the military, and the weakness of the country's economy.
Theo Padnos explains how the Assad regime exacerbated the Alawi-Sunni rivalry, bringing the country to the brink of today's sectarian war.
To understand the Brotherhood's prospects in Egypt's upcoming elections, one has to understand the organization itself.
A decade after 9/11, U.S. Muslims grapple with their place in American society in the face of concerns about homegrown terrorism and questions by non-Muslims over the threat they might pose.
Daniel Senor states, "New York's special congressional election on Tuesday was the first electoral outcome directly affected by President Obama's Israel policy."
Ed Husain says that a decade after the 9/11 attacks on the United States, the need for Islam to come to terms with modernity is greater than ever.
While U.S. efforts to forge a better relationship with the Muslim world are important, it will also take leadership within that world to challenge the myths that lead to anger and disapproval toward the United States.
The Atlantic's Brian Mockenhaupt describes how marines in Helmand province are teaching the locals to read the Koran as a way to thwart the Taliban.
Western Europe's burgeoning Islamic population continues to spark concerns about Muslim assimilation and a cultural divide.
Arab world pro-democracy movements raise questions about how much Islam will figure into the political calculus in emerging governments in Tunisia and Egypt, as well as new ones that might arise elsewhere, says religion expert Ebrahim Moosa.
Karim Sadjadpour writes in the Washington Post that by accentuating the country's internal rifts and breaking previously sacred taboos -- such as challenging the supreme leader -- Ahmadinejad has become an unlikely, unwitting ally of Iran's democracy movement.
The authors argue that it is essential to begin working now to expand and establish rules and norms governing armed drones, thereby creating standards of behavior that other countries will be more likely to follow.
The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.
The authors assess the political, security, and economic challenges facing U.S. policymakers in Afghanistan and evaluate a range of policy options.
Maximalist finds lessons in the past that anticipate and clarify our chaotic present, revealing the history of U.S. foreign policy in an unexpected new light. More
This clear and authoritative book presents a sweeping account of China's global resource quest and the unrivaled expansion of its economy. More
The story of the tragic and often tormented relationship between the United States and Pakistan, and a call to prepare for the worst, aim for the best, and avoid past mistakes. More