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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 »

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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 »

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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