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Two Debates In American Politics, Muqtedar Khan Jul 2015

Two Debates In American Politics, Muqtedar Khan

Muqtedar Khan

The article summarized debates around same-sex Marriage and the Iran nuclear deal.


Egypt’S Coup & Future Of Democracy In Post Arab Spring Middle East (2015), Shams Uz Zaman Mr. Jul 2015

Egypt’S Coup & Future Of Democracy In Post Arab Spring Middle East (2015), Shams Uz Zaman Mr.

Mr. Shams uz Zaman

The initial optimism that a democratic regional order would emerge as a consequence to the sweeping Arab Spring in Middle East and Africa has gradually faded away. The revolutionary, but generally peaceful and smooth, changeover from long autocracy of Mubarak was again quickly reversed by the Egyptian military and lately been been endorsed by the US and EU. The reaction from the Brotherhood, which had been a mainstream political party, was mixed. As the violence and terrorism take over the Egyptian political landscape, there is little hope that Egypt would return to normal. Military takeover in Egypt marks marks the ...


Turkey And Saudis In Syria: Aligned Interests, Clashing Revisionisms, Zenonas Tziarras Jun 2015

Turkey And Saudis In Syria: Aligned Interests, Clashing Revisionisms, Zenonas Tziarras

Zenonas Tziarras

In early May, 2015 it became known that Saudi Arabia and Turkey are supporting extremist Islamist groups in Syria against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. That Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Qatar, among others, have – mostly indirectly – been supporting Islamist groups is not news as similar reports have been emerging from time to time since 2011, if not earlier. But this policy with regard to the Syrian conflict became increasingly overt amidst growing instability and lack of Western commitment to Assad’s overthrow. According to The Independent and other media, Turkish and Saudi support focuses on the overarching jihadist group Jaish ...


Assessing Isis One Year Later, Zenonas Tziarras Jun 2015

Assessing Isis One Year Later, Zenonas Tziarras

Zenonas Tziarras

A year ago the world witnessed the swift advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Iraq and Syria. Though the emergence of the group was somewhat expected for those who have been following the regional developments of the past years it caught most of the world by surprise. At the same time, its brutal tactics, military victories, resilience, evolution and extreme ideology have led many to characterize it as the greatest regional and international security threat at the moment or the most dangerous Islamist threat contemporary history has seen.


Rise Of Non-State Actors In Middle East: Regional Dimensions, Shams Uz Zaman Mr. Apr 2015

Rise Of Non-State Actors In Middle East: Regional Dimensions, Shams Uz Zaman Mr.

Mr. Shams uz Zaman

The situation in the Middle East has become extremely precarious due to issues which can be traced back to the colonial era. Imprudently drawn state borders, unsettled disputes like Palestine and ethno-religious schisms accentuate the inter-state and intra-state rivalries which have spun out of control due to foreign interventions. Extremist radical Islam acquired new dimensions after 9/11 which consequently painted the 2003 Iraq war in ideological colours. A new trend of radicalization is visible across the region from Lebanon to Pakistan, which has resulted in the emergence of non-state actors. The raging conflict in and across the Middle East ...


Has The Fervor For Democracy Faded Away?, Muqtedar Khan Mar 2015

Has The Fervor For Democracy Faded Away?, Muqtedar Khan

Muqtedar Khan

This essay reviews public opinion surveys that indicate a diminishing appeal of democracy in the Middle East.


The Ummah: Real Or Imaginary, Muqtedar Khan Mar 2015

The Ummah: Real Or Imaginary, Muqtedar Khan

Muqtedar Khan

The essay examines the reality of the idea of an Ummah.


Paris To Delaware: Local Response To Global Crisis, Muqtedar Khan Jan 2015

Paris To Delaware: Local Response To Global Crisis, Muqtedar Khan

Muqtedar Khan

This article examines how small Western Muslim communities respond to Global Crisis that affect them.


Paris To Delaware: Local Response To Global Crisis, Muqtedar Khan Jan 2015

Paris To Delaware: Local Response To Global Crisis, Muqtedar Khan

Muqtedar Khan

This article examines how small Western Muslim communities respond to Global Crisis that affect them.


What The Tsarnaevs Didn’T Know: The Untold Story Of Chechen Non-Violence, Rebecca Gould Jan 2015

What The Tsarnaevs Didn’T Know: The Untold Story Of Chechen Non-Violence, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

No abstract provided.


What Is Islamic Democracy? The Three Cs Of Islamic Governance, Muqtedar Khan Dec 2014

What Is Islamic Democracy? The Three Cs Of Islamic Governance, Muqtedar Khan

Muqtedar Khan

This book chapter explores the three Cs of Islamic Governance; Constitution, Consultation and Consent.


Migration Governance Challenges In A Middle Income Country: The Jordanian Experience, Piyasiri Wickramasekara Nov 2014

Migration Governance Challenges In A Middle Income Country: The Jordanian Experience, Piyasiri Wickramasekara

PIYASIRI WICKRAMASEKARA

No abstract provided.


Has Modernity Failed The Muslim World?, Muqtedar Khan Oct 2014

Has Modernity Failed The Muslim World?, Muqtedar Khan

Muqtedar Khan

Modernity had come to the Muslim World. But it did not deliver. There is no stability, no freedom, no real democracy and no earned prosperity and no scientific vitality in the Muslim World. Perhaps rather than continuing to ask the old question is Islam compatible with modernity, we need to ask has modernity failed Muslims.


What Is Enlightenment? An Islamic Perspective, Muqtedar Khan Sep 2014

What Is Enlightenment? An Islamic Perspective, Muqtedar Khan

Muqtedar Khan

This essay draws on Immanuel Kant’s concept of enlightenment as an escape from self- imposed ignorance and argues that a similar concept of enlightenment can be understood within the Muslim context as escape from self-imposed jahiliyyah, which is understood as fear to exercise reason publicly. The article advocates for ijtihad, is critical of Taqlid, and invokes Islamic sources to invest confidence in contemporary use of reason for interpreting Islam.


Sumud: The Palestinian Art Of Existence, Rebecca Gould Jan 2014

Sumud: The Palestinian Art Of Existence, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

No abstract provided.


Political Authority In Islam, Muqtedar Khan Jan 2014

Political Authority In Islam, Muqtedar Khan

Muqtedar Khan

The chapter is a survey of various approaches to political authority in Islamic thought.


Political Authority In Islam, Muqtedar Khan Jan 2014

Political Authority In Islam, Muqtedar Khan

Muqtedar Khan

The chapter is a survey of various approaches to political authority in Islamic thought.


Book Review: The Arab Spring, Democracy And Security: Domestic And International Ramifications, Efraim Inbar (Ed), Zenonas Tziarras Oct 2013

Book Review: The Arab Spring, Democracy And Security: Domestic And International Ramifications, Efraim Inbar (Ed), Zenonas Tziarras

Zenonas Tziarras

To oer analysis on an on going political event is always a challenging task. Yet, the “Arab Spring” has given rise to many questions about the past, the present and the future of the Arab world and the Middle East more generally. The Arab Spring, Democracy and Security:Domesc and International Ramifications addresses some of these questions. The chapters of this edited volume have been written by selected Israeli scholars focusing on “issues such as democratization, the role of economic factors in political change and explanations for variations in regime stability in the Middle East.” The relationship between ...


Turkey-Egypt: Turkish Model, Political Culture And Regional Power Struggle, Zenonas Tziarras Oct 2013

Turkey-Egypt: Turkish Model, Political Culture And Regional Power Struggle, Zenonas Tziarras

Zenonas Tziarras

This paper argues that although, during the governance of the Muslim Brotherhood, the promotion of the Turkish model through political and economic support was welcomed in Egypt, it is not compatible with the country and cannot be emulated, while there are also different perceptions about the matter on the elite and mass political culture levels. Moreover, based on the political culture(s) of the county, it is very likely that future governments in Egypt would want to assume a greater regional role. Ultimately this means that the Turkish model would have failed as a means of soft power and hegemony ...


Islamophobia Only A Short Chapter In The Muslim-West Story, Muqtedar Khan Feb 2013

Islamophobia Only A Short Chapter In The Muslim-West Story, Muqtedar Khan

Muqtedar Khan

The short essay argues that there many positive elements that should not be marginalized while examining the rise of islamophobia in the West.


Can Kosovo Be A Sample For Cyprus?, Cuneyt M. Yenigun Mar 2011

Can Kosovo Be A Sample For Cyprus?, Cuneyt M. Yenigun

Cuneyt M. Yenigun

International politics creates international law, but also international law draws the framework of international politics (for majority of the states). Cyprus issue is one of the long lasting unsolved problems of the last century. EU has made its one of the biggest historical mistakes by accepting unsolved “Cyprus” and also violated international law. After the civil politics of Turkey and the results of Annan Plan, advantage exactly dovetailed to the Turkish side, although it is the turn of the EU to play and they do not play. After the ICJ’s decision on Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independency, TRNC ...


Komsumuz Ame-Irak (Our Neighbor Ame-Iraq), Cuneyt M. Yenigun Sep 2009

Komsumuz Ame-Irak (Our Neighbor Ame-Iraq), Cuneyt M. Yenigun

Cuneyt M. Yenigun

This article elaborates Iraq's Invasion in 2003 and potential consequences in the country and the region.


The Postmodern Empire: The United States' New Foreign Policy And Its Global Challenges, Muqtedar Khan Jan 2004

The Postmodern Empire: The United States' New Foreign Policy And Its Global Challenges, Muqtedar Khan

Muqtedar Khan

The Paper examines shifts in American Foreign Policy after 9/11 and argues that the US had become a Postmodern Empire.


Islamic Democratic Theory: Between Political Philosophy And Jurisprudence, Muqtedar Khan Jan 2004

Islamic Democratic Theory: Between Political Philosophy And Jurisprudence, Muqtedar Khan

Muqtedar Khan

The article compares the role that jurists, theologians and philosophers play in shaping the discourse on Islam and Democracy.