Menafeeds [Deluxe Edition]
– Mona el-Ghobashi (Merip Reports) | The Dynamics of Egypt’s Elections | No one thinks parliamentary elections in Egypt are democratic or even semi-democratic. The elections do not determine who governs. They are not free and fair. They install a parliament with no power to check the president.
– Anonymous (Syria Comment) | Women and the Rise of The Religious Conservatives | In Damascus women are increasingly falling under the conservative trend that is sweeping the region. Today, the percentage of women wearing the hijab on the streets of Damascus is on the rise.
– Qifa Nabki (Qifa Nabki) | An Interview with Thanassis Cambanis | A friend of mine, Thanassis Cambanis, has a new book out about Hizbullah. Between 2000 and 2007, Thanassis worked as a reporter for the Boston Globe, and served as the paper’s Iraq bureau chief from 2003-05 and Middle East bureau chief from 2005-07.
– John H. Evans (The Immanent Frame) | An empirical perspective on religious and secular reasons | This “religion in the public sphere” thread has featured debates about whether citizens of liberal democratic societies can offer religious reasons for public laws that will be coercive on all citizens, or whether they must use, in John Rawls’s terms, “public reason.”
– Jahanshah Rashidian (Mideast Youth) | Islamic hijab after Islamic Regime | Islamic hijab represents today both an Islamic tradition and a symbol of political Islam. In Iran, a country fallen into the Mullahs’ clutches, hijab resonances rather an official emblem of Islamism, as the swastika symbol was the official emblem of the Nazi Germany.
– Omar Ashour (Free Radicals) | ElBaradei and the Mobilisation of the Egyptian Diaspora | “This is a giant that needs to be awakened to save Egypt…look at what other diaspora communities are doing,” said one enthusiastic participant in a recent London conference for the Egyptian National Assembly for Change (NAC).
– Gabriele Marranci (Islam, Muslims, and an Anthropologist) | Geert Wilders and the freedom of hypocrisy | Dutch anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders, set to become a shadow partner of the next coalition government, goes on trial in Amsterdam on Monday for inciting hatred against Muslims. Wilders’ Freedom Party together with other parties forming the next coalition have agreed to ban the burqa.