By Richard Mc Sweeney- Al Waref Advisory Board Exclusive for Al Waref
Assalamu alaikum - Peace be with you. These nights when I gaze up at the moon my mind is transported back to lovely Jeddah, and to the privilege I had of having witnessed the sacred month of Ramadan in the Holy Land.
By Brian R. Parkinson, Ph.D. Al Waref Exclusive The recent events in Iran produced two distinct reactions in the United States. On the one hand, some political pundits (generally on the political right) thought that President Obama should take a firmer stance condemning the aggressive actions of the Iranian government following what was clearly a very flawed and fraudulent election.
This interview was conducted by the London daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Georges Tarabishi, a prominent liberal Syrian intellectual living in France, spoke about democracy in the Arab world, the fundamentalist challenge, and secularism. He argued that just as secularism emerged in Europe as a remedy to Protestant-Catholic sectarianism, so it is needed in the Arab world to overcome sectarian divisions and pave the way for a democratic future.
I have often tried to imagine a scenario in which what I call the 'Islamists' will have achieved all their objectives. The scenario assumes that Osama bin Laden or someone like him get their way and proceed to impose their vision of what the Muslim world should be on the rest of us.
By Elias Aoun Exclusive for Al WAref What does “the separation of religion and state” mean? To avoid any misunderstanding about what a person is suggesting, proposing, or opposing, it would be wise to define the terms being used.. What does “the separation of religion and state” mean?