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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 »

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Crackdown on Islamists Revived After Deadly Clashes

Following deadly clashes that broke out early Monday morning between the military and Muslim Brotherhood supporters in front of the Republic Guard headquarters, killing dozens, Islamists are once again the target of sweeping arrests. News outlets reported today that Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson Ahmed Aref and six ...  Read More »

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Egyptian Islamists’ Anger, Woes

Following the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi, analysts and political figures say efforts should be exerted to keep Egypt's oldest Islamist group within the political fold. While millions of Egyptians were flocking to Tahrir Square and other squares around the nation in a new wave of celebration ...  Read More »

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More Islamist Figures arrested

Egypt's Public Prosecution continues to issue arrest warrants for leading members of the Muslim Brotherhood and its political party on suspicion of inciting violence against protesters. At least thirty people were killed in clashes that followed a military order ousting former President Mohamed Morsi on 3 ...  Read More »

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Statement Against Closure of Islamist Media Channels and Arrest of Some of Its Staf

[The following statement was published by the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies on 5 July 2013, and is signed onto by several Egyptian organizations.]     Closure of Islamist Media Channels and Arrest of Some of Its Staff: Clear Iiolation of Media Freedom   The undersigned organizations ...  Read More »

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Egypt's Morsi, Brotherhood Leaders to be Interrogated for ' 25th Jan Revolution Crimes'

Egypt's prosecutors to interrogate deposed president Mohamed Morsi, along with top Brotherhood figures, over killing of protesters and attacks on prisons during 2011 uprising. Egypt's prosecutor-general orders the questioning of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, along with top Brotherhood members on suspicions of a ...  Read More »

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Brotherhood Guide: We Will Protect Morsi with Our Souls

The Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badie showed up on Friday afternoon at the Rabea al-Adawiya sit-in where Islamists have been camping to demand the return of deposed President Mohamed Morsi.  Badie addressed the thousands in the sit-in on a stage despite earlier news about his ...  Read More »

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On ‘the Moderate Choice’: Thoughts on the Political Significance of the Iranian Elections

When there is a general change of conditions, it is as if the entire creation had changed and the whole world been altered, as if it were a new and repeated creation, a world brought into existence anew. –Ibn Khaldun, The Moquaddimah Mir-Housein Mousavi, an Islamic revolutionary with leftist political sensibilities, ...  Read More »

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Gulenism: The Middle Way or Official Ideology?

As a result of excessive repression of the Gezi protests, the legitimacy of the new Turkish regime took a serious blow during June 2013. Coupled with the government’s inability to make progress in its peace negotiations with the Kurds, the repression and its aftermath resulted in a political crisis. Debate now centers ...  Read More »

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Religious Channels Go Off Air and Employees Arrested

Islamist channels Misr 25, Al-Nas and Al-Hafez went off air immediately after the address by Defence Minister Abdel-Fatah El-Sisi ended and at least six employees of the Muslim Brotherhood-owned Misr 25 channel were arrested while the speech was still being broadcast.   Abeer al-Saady, a member of the ...  Read More »

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President and Other Leading Figures Banned from Travel

Airport security received orders Wednesday from the military to ban various Muslim Brotherhood leaders from leaving the country, the Arabic daily Al-Masry Al-Youm reported, quoting security sources. The reports came amid conflicting news that President Mohamed Morsi is under house arrest and residing in one of the ...  Read More »

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Last Minute Positions: Army Meets Political Figures, Islamists to Draw Road Map

Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi will meet on Wednesday with the general commanders of the Egyptian Armed Forces, at the Defense Ministry headquarters, to discuss recent domestic developments as Wednesday's forty-eight-hour deadline approaches.  Mohamed ElBaradei, delegated by the June 30 Front and the ...  Read More »

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A Host of Roadmaps: Opposition, Islamists & Army Propose Ways out of Egypt Crisis

Opposition coalitions, Islamist alliances and Egypt's armed forces – among others – all offer 'roadmaps' aimed at ending country's precarious political standoff A number of roadmaps and initiatives were proposed over the last few days as a way out of the current crisis in Egypt, several of which came following ...  Read More »

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Sex, Love, and Worship in Classical Ottoman Texts: An Interview with Selim Kuru

The history of sexuality in the Islamic world is a topic of growing interest for students and scholars today, and one of the major areas of inquiry has been the development of contemporary notions such as homosexuality in Islamic societies and the context within which they are formed or introduced. This literature ...  Read More »

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Sectarianism and Counter-Revolution in Egypt: Not a Family Affair

One week before 30 June, the day of mass protest against president Mohamed Morsi, a new convulsion of violence targeted one of Egypt’s most marginal groups, and left many in shock. On 23 June, a mob of Sunni Egyptians, incited by the Salafist imam of their local mosque, lynched four Shi‘i Egyptians in the Giza village ...  Read More »

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Between Inaction and Complicity: The Shi‘a and the Brotherhood

Some have commented on the incident of sectarian violence in the village of Zawiyat Abu Musallam in the Giza district on 23 June 2013 as the product of a "simple" people and a "crowd" mentality. The figure of the "simple" like that of the "poor" have become straw men who ...  Read More »

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Unpacking Anti-Muslim Brotherhood Discourse

Noam Chomsky’s Media Control: The Spectacular Achievements of Propaganda argues that effectively crafted and controlled media messages can turn otherwise rational people into “hysterical” warmongers. Chomsky’s analysis focuses on how western governments and elite-led media in democratic societies have successfully ...  Read More »

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Don't Tell Them You're Studying Islam

[The following article was published in collaboration with the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies at Georgetown University on Tadween Publishing's blog. It was originally published by CCAS here. For more information on the publishing world as it relates to pedagogy and knowledge production, ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Markus Dressler, Writing Religion: The Making of Turkish Alevi Islam

Markus Dressler, Writing Religion: The Making of Turkish Alevi Islam. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Markus Dressler (MD): I have been working on Alevism and religion in modern Turkey on and off for more than fifteen years. During this time, I ...  Read More »

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'Ottomanalgia' and the Protests in Turkey

It was the sixth day since a peaceful sit-in had begun in Gezi Park in Istanbul to protect the last remaining green space in the center of the city. Protests had spread throughout the country due to the excessive use of force by police, including tear gas, water cannons, and plastic bullets against protesters from ...  Read More »

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The Complicated Legacy of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad leaves office, after finishing his second four-year term as Iran’s president, his tenure as the firebrand public face of a country, almost exclusively seen in Western media as a pariah and a threat to world security, will have left a lasting impact on the international stage. Mainly on account ...  Read More »

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New Texts Out Now: Thomas Pierret, Religion and State in Syria

Thomas Pierret, Religion and State in Syria: The Sunni Ulama from Coup to Revolution. Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2013. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Thomas Pierret (TP): The main incentive was the dearth of scholarly literature on two issues I am interested in: the role of ...  Read More »

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Between Hamas and the PA: An Interview with Islamic Jihad’s Khalid al-Batsh

The following are excerpts from an interview conducted in Cairo on 11 July 2012 with Khalid al-Batsh, a senior official of Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Gaza chair of the “Freedom Committee,” established under the Fateh-Hamas reconciliation agreement of May 2011. The full interview covered a range of issues, ...  Read More »

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Islamists and Transitional Justice

Suddenly, and in the same week, three of the largest Islamist movements started talking about transitional justice, demanding its implementation at once. Spokesman for the Salfist front, Hisham Kamal, asserted, "Mubarak should have been tried for all his crimes from the start, not only for killing ...  Read More »

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الربيع العربي والاسلام السياسي

[كانت "جدلية" قد نشرت مقالة بعنوان "صادق جلال العظم يحسم أمره وينتقل إلى التنظير العلني للسُّنة ولفكر " الإسلام السياسي البزنسي" بقلم يوسف حجازي تعقيباً على محاضرة القاها صادق جلال العظم في برلين. ننشر هنا نص المحاضرة بعد توفره لدينا.]  لربما من المفيد أن أبدأ مداخلتي بتوصيف ...  Read More »

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The Brothers, the Revolution, and the Right to Protest

A new political order always arrives with a package of legislation establishing its political and socioeconomic orientations as law. In its broad sense, a revolution effects a “fundamental change” in the political and economic order, with the support of the majority of the people.[1] Egypt experienced this shortly ...  Read More »

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Glenn Owns Bill: A Lesson in Challenging Islamophobia and Taking Responsibility (Video)

[The following video is from the 10 May 2013 episode of HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher. The clip shows an exchange between Bill Maher and Glenn Greenwald following a discussion about the White House and State Department's immediate response to the 11 September 2012 attack on the US Embassy in Benghazi, Libya. In this ...  Read More »

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New Addition to the Syrian Islamic Front

The Haqq Battalions Gathering, a militant group in the Hama province,announced in mid-April 2013 that they are joining the Syrian Islamic Front(SIF). This is the first time since the SIF’s creation in December 2012 that an independent outside organization of any consequence decides to join the front. ...  Read More »

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From “Islamic Art” to “Arab Lands, Turkey, Iran, Central Asia and Later South Asia”: Reliving the Distortions of History

This is the exceptional collection in all America, and it is being neglected. I urge you to make the reinstallation of Islam your highest priority. If you were to create an Islamic wing, you’d find that our holdings – splendid bronzes, excellent silver, majestic tiles, gorgeous carpets, intricate woodcarving, ...  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.

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