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Political and social theorist Sir Isaiah Berlin famously compared nationalism to a ‘bent twig’, ‘forced down so severely that when released, it lashed back with fury’ (Berlin 1972).
The Nigerian army announced two days ago that dialogue is still a choice in order to put an end to the conflict with the Boko Haram Islamic radical group.  This was stated during a visit of military officers to Maiduguri city where  army barracks had been attacked by Boko Haram last Friday.  Lt.-...
Dr. Yāssir Burhāmī, Deputy Leader of al-Da’wah al-Salafīa, issued a fatwá (religious verdict) saying that non-Muslims are not allowed to hold the function of president, nor any other sovereign functions, because it is not permissible for an infidel to rule over a Muslim according to the sharī’ah (...
Dr. Muhamad Mukhtār Jum’ah, the Minister of Endowments, stated the phenomena of calling people infidels has recently increased. This is caused by political interests and objectives.  It is not based on a religious foundation. Rather it is used by those who know nothing of religion (Ahmad – al...
In recent years, following the disbandment of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Brotherhood militias have split into various hostile groups and have merged into the core of Dāʿish. 
Over the past forty years Egypt has witnessed several trends of organized and socially-framed religiosity. The first of these trends emerged at the end of the seventies and continued throughout the eighties of the last century, with the emergence of what was at the time named the ‘Islamic Awakening...
In coordination with the Institute of Research and Higher Studies of Granada, the Foundation of Believers without Borders for Studies and Research (Muʾminūn bilā Ḥudūd lil Abḥāth wa al-Dirāsāt) initiated a two-day conference, December 15 and 16, entitled “Islam and Political Islam in Europe:...
While a group of experts in Islamist movements believe that Salafi in Egypt are a significant force in any electoral battle, given their number of 7 million out of about 54 million eligible voters, others doubt the ability of the ultra-conservative Islamists, or any other political blocs, to...
One of the leaders of “Islamist” parties who sought asylum in Turkey, allegedly claiming that he has been persecuted, wondered on why Islamic political parties are not treated like Christian parties in Europe. The said leader has no intent to put his hand on the real cause of the crisis. If these...
“We kept quiet, so he barged in with his donkey” is a popular idiom that exemplifies the state of religious parties, which started appearing directly after the 25th of January Revolution. 
The July 2013 uprising of the Egyptian people against the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood was a deep rejection of the Islamic parties regardless of their denomination. Therefore, different civil political forces called for the enactment of laws banishing the establishment of parties on the basis of...
In January 2015, after the jihadists attacked the office of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people, European leaders organized a march of millions on the streets of the French capital chanting "I am Charley" in an expression of solidarity with the victims and contempt for their...
Alef Bookstore in Heliopolis is scheduled to host a symposium to discuss the book “Building moderate Muslim networks" by Angel Rabasa, Cheryl Benard, Lowell H. Schwartz, and Peter Sickle. 
`Āssem `Abd Al-Mājed, one of the founders of the Jamā`at al-Islāmiyya, claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood was entirely responsible for the complete failure of the Islamist movement.
Background: Deputy Director, Khayrī Jambik from the Royal Institute for Inter-Faith Studies (RIIFS) discusses his institute‘s approach toward peace-building in the Near East, its latest dialogue programme, the general role of interfaith dialogue and other factors to be examined when looking at...
Background:  Tūjān al-Faīṣal, the first female member of the Jordanian parliament, talks in English about fundamentalism in Jordan, the people’s demand for reforms, a leader and their attitude toward Israel. In Arabic, she speaks about progress in the influence of women in politics. Two unnamed...
Interviewers: Quinta Smit, Eline Kasanwidjojo and Nick Gjorvad   Language of interview: English (original interview), English (presented transcript)   Transcript: Eline Kasanwidjojo   Approval: Requested and no objection received   Prof. ʿAmrū Ḥamzāwī teaches political science at the American...
ʾAbū al-ʿAlā Māḍī was born in 1958 into a religious, Muslim family in Minia, Egypt. In 1996, he became the co-founder of Hizb al-Wasat (Center Party) which simultaneously signaled his break from the Muslim Brotherhood. The establishment of a political party with an Islamic background touches on a...
Saʿd al-Dīn Ibrāhīm was born in Mansūrah, Egypt in 1938. He has been a highly controversial figure in Egypt for many years because of his strong stance on civil society, democracy and minority rights. In 2000, Ibrāhīm attracted international attention when he was arrested by Egyptian security along...
Hāla Muṣṭafā was born in Egypt in 1958, although Muṣṭafā was appointed to be a member of the new Policies Committee of the National Democratic Party (NDP) in 2002, Muṣṭafā presents herself as an independent writer and thinker more than a party member. This commitment is reflected in her...

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