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?
By Jenn Young Exclusive for Al Waref To hear the president of the United States speaking words of peace in Arabic and finding a warm reception from Egypt—from the world, tells me that the damage that has been done over the past decade is not irreversible and that the United States and the American public can reaffirm its dedication to tolerance, pluralism, and justice.
Al Waref Press Room Press Release Al Waref’s March figures of the month Dr. Edy Kaufman and Ambassador Professor Manuel Hassassian will be teaching their annual course on “Topics in International Relations: Conflict Resolution, The Israeli-Palestinian Experiment” this summer, July 13th-August 23rd Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 9:20pm.
By Fadel Lamen* Exclusive for Al Waref Pakistan continues to be the common constant in every presidential daily briefing received by President Barack Obama. While the western media and politicians are becoming forever fascinated with pirates of Somalia or Al-Qaeda in Iraq and Afghanistan, Pakistan is on the verge of becoming a “failed State.”