January 2, 2019 |
The US’ Sectarian Playbook in the Muslim World
Daily news and policy discussions of the Muslim world are solely focused on recent developments and ebbs and flows of ongoing conflicts but rarely look back to the events that led to the current unfolding wars. While a more extended examination of the effects of WWI and direct colonization is always warranted, the more recent…Colonialism Islamic Politics Muslim History Politics
October 27, 2018 |
Saudi Arabia’s Bone Saw Governance and the Unending Wreckage!
Jamal Khashoggi’s murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul epitomizes the governance by death and mayhem approach in modern Arab states. Governance by death or more precisely by bone saw and a chainsaw is inscribed into state structures by the ruling elites who are committed to holding onto power by eliminating all opposition by any…Islamic Politics Muslim History Politics
May 23, 2018 |
The West foisting Zionism on the Palestinians!
T he Israeli army massacre, the Bloody Monday Massacre, in Gaza on May 14th, 2018, which deliberately killed 62 Palestinians with pre-positioned snipers and injured some 2100 in one day, follows a series of never-ending campaigns of torment and maiming intended at erasing Palestine and its population from the map. Palestine was/is part of a…Colonialism Muslim History Palestine Politics Race/Racism
January 21, 2018 |
Turkey’s and OIC’s Strategy for Jerusalem Must Include Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)!
The position of the Turkish government on Jerusalem is very critical and has made an impact on the world stage with the U.N. vote. Certainly, the Turkish effort can be further strengthened by adopting a robust domestic and international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) strategy in affirmation of Palestinian civil society’s call for this specific…Islamic Politics Muslim History Palestine
November 25, 2017 | Daily Sabah
Saudi Arabia and Financing Trump’s Job Creation Agenda!
The recent developments in Saudi Arabia are alarming and point, on the one hand, to a serious break in the consensus of the ruling family and, on the other, to the rapid movement towards another major regional war. A succession crisis in the royal family was only a matter of time after death or old…Colonialism Muslim History Politics
October 31, 2017 |
Disenfranchising the Palestinians
Imperial Britain Gave Palestine to the Zionists When It Was Still Part of the Ottoman Empire. On Nov. 2, 2017, Palestinians mark the hundred-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, a letter from British foreign secretary Lord Arthur James Balfour to Lord Walter Rothschild that committed Britain to the establishment of a Jewish homeland in Palestine….Colonialism Muslim History Palestine Politics Race/Racism
October 17, 2017 |
Envisioning an Islamic Economic Union!
What are the possibilities of an Islamic Economic Union that can harness the strength and market competitive advantage of a diverse set of countries that are endowed with enormous resources and highly talented populations? The basis for forming such a market is present and the conditions are optimal to achieve it in a period of…Islamic Law Islamic Politics Islamic Thought Muslim History Politics
July 20, 2017 |
1492 Expulsion, Inquisition, Balfour Declaration and the European Question!
The combination of the 1492 Expulsion and Inquisition of Muslims and Jews may seem out of place at a first glance when the Balfour Declaration is discussed and added to the list. For sure, all these three are monumental events, but while in the case of the Expulsion and Inquisition the consequences were immediate and…Colonialism Islamic Politics Muslim History Palestine
July 11, 2017 |
From Granada to Guantanamo: The Torturing of the Muslim Subject
Teaching a summer course on Muslim Decolonial Thought in Granada, Spain brought me again into contact with the history and consequences of the Inquisition and the Muslim and Jewish expulsion in 1492 and afterward. More to the point, a visit to the Inquisition Museum in Granada and the Torture Museum in Cordoba raised a series…Colonialism Islamic Thought Muslim History Palestine
June 23, 2017 |
The Ottomans and the Loss of Jerusalem
As we commemorate the anniversary of WWI and the Balfour Declaration, it is important to reflect on Ottoman history and their relationship to Jerusalem. The Ottomans represented the last cohesive Islamic political system to exercise unfettered governance over Jerusalem, and it was during their collapse that Palestine became occupied first by the British and then…Colonialism Muslim History Palestine Politics