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Jadaliyya Launches Critical Currents in Islam (CCI) Page

Jadaliyya’s Critical Currents in Islam Page engages with a broad range of topics related to Islam as it is interpreted, practiced, and contested in political, cultural, and economic arenas throughout the world. The page is a place for fresh and critical perspectives on many of the issues that have defined internal ...  Read More »

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Roundtable on The Future of Islamism: A Starting Point

Introduction (by Abdullah Al-Arian, Roundtable Organizer and Co-Editor of Critical Currents in Islam Page) The Arab uprisings that began in late 2010 had barely claimed a single authoritarian ruler when many observers began to proclaim the imminent rise of Islamist governments from Tunisia to Yemen. Less than three ...  Read More »

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Weaving Ethical Concerns and Aesthetic Aspirations: Fatwas and Nose Jobs in Iran

Iran has recently been labeled the nose job capital of the world; a fact that comes as a surprise to those who get caught up on the Islamic Republic’s strict and serious image. As opposed to what one might imagine, no sort of governmental or Islamic legal permission is required to access cosmetic surgery services ...  Read More »

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The Rise and Fall of the Salafi al-Nour Party in Egypt

When Mohamed Salmawi, the spokesman for the committee appointed to draft Egypt’s post-coup constitution, appeared before the press on 29 October, the message was clear. There would be no place for Article 219 in the new constitution, and there would be no further discussion. The announcement followed two months of ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Asef Bayat, Post-Islamism: The Changing Faces of Political Islam

Asef Bayat, editor, Post-Islamism: The Changing Faces of Political Islam. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you put together this book? Asef Bayat (AB): Well, for me the primary reason for producing this book was a realization that there was a major gap in the ...  Read More »

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Mohammed Arkoun: A Profile

Name: Mohammed Arkoun Date of Birth: 1 February 1928   Date of Death: 14 September 2010 Nationality: Algerian/ French Place of Birth: Taourirt-Mimoun, Algeria Category: Intellectual Profession: Scholar Mohammed Arkoun 1950-1954: After graduating from the Oran high ...  Read More »

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (November 12)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating Islam and reflects a wide variety of opinions and approaches. It does not reflect the views of the Critical Currents in Islam Page or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup ...  Read More »

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Maroc, difficile dialogue entre islamistes et gauche radicale

Septembre et octobre 2013 : l’organisation islamiste Al-Adl wal-Ihsan (AWI, « Justice et spiritualité »), forte de dizaines de milliers d’adhérents et non reconnue par l’État, fait quelques appels du pied à la gauche. Son objectif est d’établir une dynamique commune pour lutter sur le front social. Les ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Wael Hallaq, The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity’s Moral Predicament

Wael Hallaq, The Impossible State: Islam, Politics, and Modernity’s Moral Predicament. New York: Columbia University Press, 2013. [This is a special edition of NEWTON that coincides with the upcoming launch of Jadaliyya's Critical Currents of Islam page. CCI aims to engage with a range of topics related to Islam as ...  Read More »

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Essential Readings: The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood

For all the press attention it has received over the last two decades and especially since the 25 January uprising that overthrew Egypt’s longstanding ruler, there has been comparatively little rigorous scholarship on the Society of the Muslim Brothers of Egypt. This is partly a consequence of the fact that the ...  Read More »

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Spotlight: Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR)

Tadween Publishing interviewed Peter Magierski and Chuck Jones, founders of the blog Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources (AMIR), as part of Tadween’s campaign to highlight individuals, groups, and organizations who play a role in the open access movement and knowledge production and ...  Read More »

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Morsi Trial Protest in Photos

On 4 November 2013, supporters of Egypt's deposed President Mohamed Morsi protested outside the Police Academy in Cairo as they awaited his trial. Due to chants by the defendants, including Morsi and fourteen other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, the trial was adjourned until 8 January 2014. Morsi, along with the ...  Read More »

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Testing Diversity, Researching the Invisible: The Jew, the Israelite, and the Margins of Algerian National Identity (in France)

[This is one of six pieces in Jadaliyya's electronic roundtable on the anniversary of the Algerian Revolution. Moderated by Muriam Haleh Davis, it features contributions from Ed McAllister, James McDougall, Malika Rahal, Natalya Vince, Samuel Everett, and Thomas ...  Read More »

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Rethinking US-Egyptian Bilateral Relations: A Rights-Based Approach

Debates in recent months over the continuation of US aid to the Egyptian military, in light of the deteriorating human rights situation, miss the forest for the trees. This includes the announcement that the US government plans to reduce its military aid to Egypt in response to the harsh crackdown on the Muslim ...  Read More »

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The Warraq Funeral: Between Sadness and Anger

The entrance of the church had two minarets with a yellow cross on top of each. About fifty meters away from the church was a mosque, smaller in size and with two similarly looking but taller minarets. This was the Church of Warraq, where unknown gunmen shot at a wedding killing four and leaving eighteen injured. ...  Read More »

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Saudi Cleric Confirms That Being a Woman in Saudi Arabia Sucks, Big Time

While all Saudis live under a hyper capitalist, sectarian and brutal authoritarian regime, a Saudi cleric has issued a fatwa making it official that being a woman in Saudi Arabia sucks extra bad. This fatwa comes after some confusion surrounding the physiological effects of driving. Last month a Saudi cleric issued a ...  Read More »

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Snatch and Render from Libya

In 2004, the British government brokered the transfer of militants of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) from their “undisclosed locations” in the War on Terror to the Qaddafi regime. “This was the least we could do for you and for Libya to demonstrate the remarkable relationship we have built over the years,” ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Lara Deeb and Mona Harb, Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi‘ite South Beirut

Lara Deeb and Mona Harb, Leisurely Islam: Negotiating Geography and Morality in Shi‘ite South Beirut. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Lara Deeb (LD) and Mona Harb (MH): Leisurely Islam began as a series of conversations about how Dahiya—the area ...  Read More »

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الإخوان المسلمون وسؤال النشأة المستأنفة

حظيت حركة الإخوان المسلمين من اسمها بنصيب وافر، خصوصا فيما يتعلق بكونها "حركة". فلم يكن هاجس المؤسس الأول حسن البنا فكرياً بقدر ما كان حركياً: الحركة من أجل حُلم عودة الخلافة الإسلامية، حركة لا تتعامل مع سؤال الحداثة، الذي فرض نفسه على الخلافة العثمانية في القرن الثامن عشر وعلى مصر مع دخول الحملة الفرنسية في ...  Read More »

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From Revolution to War on Terror: Reflections on Post-3 July Egypt

There is no doubt that the toppling of President Mohamed Morsi on 3 July 2013 was a watershed event in Egyptian history. On the one hand, it demonstrated the continued possibility of mass collective action seeking political change through contentious rather than formal political channels. On the other hand, wittingly ...  Read More »

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Excluding the Exclusionary: Does the Muslim Brotherhood Have A Say in Its Future?

As a direct result of relying on outmoded dogmas, the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood backed the movement into a lose/lose corner. On one hand, steadfastly refusing to end its sit-ins led to a bloody defeat and possibly further alienation from mainstream Egyptian opinion on the other, even if the movement’s ...  Read More »

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The Brotherhood After 30 June: An Interview with the FJP’s Abdel Mawgoud al-Dardery

Abdel Mawgoud al-Dardery describes himself as “an academician by profession and a politician by necessity.” He received his doctorate in cultural studies from the University of Pittsburg in 2000. He wrote his dissertation on the historical conflict between Eurocentrism and Islamism. Soon after returning to Egypt, he ...  Read More »

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The Future of The Brotherhood

A few years ago, some social scientists propagated the concept of “post-Islamist” politics. They were referring to the gradual ascendance of cultural and identity-based, yet youth-oriented and global-friendly Islamist social movements developed in response to the increasing de-popularization of the mainstream groups ...  Read More »

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Sectarianism in Syria: Myth and Reality

From media coverage to academic debate on the Middle East, the dominant narrative since the attack on the twin towers has been about the "D word"--democracy. The Arab world was traditionally portrayed in western eyes as an exception in terms of modernization and democratization. Meanwhile, Iraq was torn ...  Read More »

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Detained Brotherhood Figures Moved to Heavily-Guarded Prison

Brotherhood figures detained over violence charges have been transferred to maximum security Akrab Prison in Cairo, says security source Detained senior Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist figures have been transferred to the maximum security Akrab Prison, south of Cairo, a security source told state news agency ...  Read More »

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The Politics of the Brotherhood Democracy: How the Muslim Brotherhood Burned Their Bridges

As members of the Muslim Brotherhood lick their wounds as well as lament the opportunity they have lost to consolidate their rule and vision of political Islam in Egypt, they will likely be reflecting on the multiple strategic missteps that pulled their country to the edge of civil war. Crowning this list will be ...  Read More »

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More Brotherhood Leaders Arrested, Assets Frozen

The Public Prosecution has ordered the detention of Mahdi Akef, former supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, for four days pending investigation under suspicion of insulting the judiciary, the state news agency MENA reported on Sunday. The prosecutor also ordered the release of Saad al-Katatny, speaker of the ...  Read More »

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Feminism(s), Secularism, and Religions: Encounter Interview with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Maya Mikdashi and Other Scholars/Activsts

The following episode of Encounter (hosted by David Rutlege) features interviews with Jadaliyya Co-Editor Maya Mikdashi, as well as Leila Ahmed, Ellen Armour, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Lisa Isherwood, and Ratna Osman--all of whom are feminist professors and/or activists. In "Beyond the Boundaries," they ...  Read More »

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Prosecution Orders Arrest of Leading Brotherhood Members

Arrest warrants are issued for Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badei and other Islamist figures on charges of inciting deadly violence at Republican Guard protests. Egypt's general prosecution issues arrest warrants on Wednesday for the Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide Mohamed Badei and nine Islamist figures, ...  Read More »

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The Killing of Islamist Protesters: State Censorship or Self-Censorship?

The recent violence at the Republican Guards headquarters has left the country reeling, media institutions included. As the latest development in a lengthy run of unprecedented events, tensions surrounding the incident — in which over fifty members of the Muslim Brotherhood were killed by army gunfire outside the ...  Read More »

About the Critical Currents in Islam

The Critical Currents in Islam (CCI) Page poses important questions about what makes movements and practices “Islamic,” and critically deconstructs the notion of an eternal, unchanging religion. With this in mind, we also seek to highlight the variation and nuances of these Islamic movements and practices as they occur within communities across the globe. Our goal in designating a space for the study of Islam within Jadaliyya is to examine the ways in which Islam is but one of a multiplicity of factors that interact in the cultivation of political, economic, and sociocultural arrangements, often yielding varied outcomes across the breadth of Islamic societies.

Contact Critical Currents in Islam Page Editors via 
cci@jadaliyya.com

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