Islam and the Arab uprising

Guest contributor Prof Jeffrey Haynes from London Metropolitan University reflects on recent events in the Middle East and Northern Africa and their implications for how we understand the role of religion in public life. The Arab uprising is an important development which has affected all Arab-majority countries and continues to do so as we enter …

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On the Personal and the Political. Or, How to Retain a Sense of ‘Humanity’ in Egypt? Part 1

Dr Vivienne Matthies-Boon is currently in Cairo. In today's post, she shares with us some of her experiences and reflections on the ongoing conflict between pro-democracy campaigners and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. This is a difficult time to be in Egypt.  It is also difficult to write anything about the current situation on paper.  …

Polarization of the anti-Islam film debate: undoing the Arab Spring? Part Two

Alongside the ideologically-driven agenda of the anti-Islam films that we explored in Part One, we should also not underestimate the political nature of the production and release of this film just before the 11th anniversary of 9/11 as well as before the American elections – in which Barack Obama is standing for a second term. …

Polarization of the anti-Islam film debate: Undoing the Arab Spring? Part One

Over the last few days, international news coverage has been largely dominated by reports on protests across the world against a film that protestors claim is a direct insult to the prophet Muhammed.  The protests started with the storming of the American embassy in Cairo as well as a violent attack on the American consulate …