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Peaceful Islam versus Militant Islam PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 11 November 2009 07:17

By Tarek Heggy- Member of Al Waref Advisory Board
Al Waref Exclusive
As early as the first century of the Muslim calendar, Islam has known radical sects who demanded blind adherence to their rigid reading of the articles of faith, side by side with mainstream Islam, whose adherents eschew violence and extremism and do not profess to hold a monopoly on Truth.

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Liberal Syrian Intellectual Georges Tarabishi: Without Secularism, There Can Be No Democracy PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 July 2009 03:36
George Tarabishi
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.
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The Drama of the "lslamists" PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 04 July 2009 18:58

By Tarek Heggy
Exclusive for Al Waref

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.

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Pakistan: Out of luck and Out of tricks PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 May 2009 00:00
 


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.”

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The Rise of Militant Islam PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 May 2009 00:00
 

 By Tarek Heggy
Exclusive for Al Waref

As early as the first century of the Muslim calendar, Islam has known radical sects who demanded blind adherence to their rigid reading of the articles of faith, side by side with mainstream Islam, whose adherents eschew violence and extremism and do not profess to hold a monopoly on Truth.

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Islam Between Copying and Thinking PDF Print E-mail

 

by Tarek Heggy
Al Waref - Islamic Politics


In the years between 1967 and 1973, when I was studying towards a degree in law and a Masters in general and comparative law, I acquired a rudimentary knowledge of the principles of Islamic jurisprudence.

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What would Happen if Muslim Brotherhood Movement Gains Office? Print E-mail

by Dr. Ahmed Saad*
Exclusive for Al Waref

If one wondered what would happen in Egypt, Jordan, Syria or any other Arab countries if the Muslim Brotherhood or a fanatic Islamist group gains power, even through the democratic process, one could look to the model of the recent war in Gaza.

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The Prisons of the Arab Mind Print E-mail

by Tarek Heggy
Exclusive for Al Waref 
 

I have been studying the Arab mindset for the last four decades from several perspectives. For a start, I myself am a product of this Arabic-speaking region and was able to study the phenomenon from the perspective of an 'insider' as it were, as well as from my vantage point as a researcher.

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Separation of Religion and State in the Muslim World PDF Print E-mail
 

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?

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Defending Terror Print E-mail

By Abdul Rahman Al-Rashed

Seven years ago, many writers and journalists in our region defended and condoned the destructive attacks launched by Al-Qaeda, and in the process considered any criticism of the terrorist network to be in support of US foreign policy, without distinguishing between rational defense and political exploitation.

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