Vernacular Freedom: Locating Feminism in Post-Mubarak Egypt – by Melinda Holmes

Criticizing the absolutist approach of many women’s rights advocate, Melinda Holmes writes that centering the conversation on ethics, and learning how to “speak” ethics across the religious-secular divide, is the only way to proceed toward a universal understanding that can be the basis for a truly just global order. Muslim feminists are, in all their […]

Legitimate Threat or Excuse for Repression? The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and Central Asian Stability Post-2014 – By Lesley Pories

Is Central Asia at risk of falling under the control of anti-Western Islamists, or are these authoritarian regimes exploiting the War on Terror to garner international support for further repression of their political opposition?

Interview with Dr. Shafiq Al-Ghabra, Former President of the American University of Kuwait – by Sami Shammas

Dr. Shafiq Al-Ghabra is the former president of the American University of Kuwait. This interview discusses his view’s on Arab Nationalism throughout the 20th Century. Sami Shammas, Fletcher MALD 2010, is a second- year student concentrating in Southwest Asia and Islamic Civilization and International Negotiation & Conflict Resolution. Prior to Fletcher, Sami studied international relations at […]

Aceh’s Struggle for Independence: Considering the Role of Islam in a Separatist – Robert Shaw

Tension and conflict marred the relationship between the Indonesian government in Jakarta and Indonesia’s northernmost province of Aceh for most of the last half century. At the core of the center ‐ periphery rift between Jakarta and Aceh was the Acehnese desire for political autonomy, although that desire has enjoyed varying degrees of support in […]