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On the “Arab Spring”: Thinking Beyond the Moment (III)
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It is obvious that a wind of change has blown across the Arab world, for the good: the toppling of tyrants, the drafting of a new constitution in Tunisia, the emergence of civil society, not always powerful, but which cannot be ignored.




On the “Arab Spring”: Thinking Beyond the Moment (p.II)
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Disconnected commentators tend to associate all the problems in the Arab world with Islam, whether in order to explain the lack of democracy, overall poor economic performance, or even the complex status of women’s rights, always promptly manipulated by Islamophobes.




On the “Arab Spring”: Thinking Beyond the Moment (I)
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More than three years ago the Arab world was plunged into turmoil by Mohamed Bouazizi’s self-immolation. The flames from Bouazizi’s act of despair set the region ablaze in revolt; a signal for Tunisians and Arabs in general to take to the streets and let their voices be heard.




Arabic and Hebrew Love Poems in Al-Andalus
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Arabic and Hebrew Love Poems in al-Andalus investigates a largely overlooked subset of Muslim and Jewish love poetry in medieval Spain: hetero- and home-erotic love poems written by Muslim and Jewish religious scholars, in which the lover and his sensual experience of the beloved are compared to scriptural characters and storylines.




Mohammad Assaf: Son of Palestine
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by Ilisha

Mohammad Assaf received a hero’s welcome upon his recent return to Gaza, after winning the Arab Idol talent show in Beirut, Lebanon. His victory was celebrated throughout Palestine with chants, fireworks, and tears of joy.




Moustafa Bayoumi in Nation: Fear and Loathing of Islam
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In August 2007 the New York Police Department released a report called “Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat,” claiming that the looming danger to the United States was from “unremarkable” Muslim men under 35 who visit “extremist incubators.”




Colbert Nation: Stephen Colbert talks with Reza Aslan about Mooslims
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Stephen Colbert discovers the difference between being Mooslim, Muslim, Islamic, and Mohammedan.

According to Reza Aslan, Muslims have decided in their secret gatherings to bring down democracy through art. (05:22)