• 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
  • September 5, 2017 |

    When Racism Disrupts the “Normal” and “Peaceful” America!

    America’s entanglement with race is the present absent moral river steadily flowing underneath the nation’s feet, but no one is ready to dig below the surface until it bursts in the open to disrupt the “normal” and otherwise “peaceful” daily life routines. “Normal” means that race is not a topic of conversation or a factor…

    Politics Race/Racism
  • August 3, 2017 |

    Turkey’s Failed Coup and Post-Colonial Custodianship!

    The 2016 failed military coup attempt in Turkey is paradigmatic of the post-colonial world system whereby internal political processes are structured to maintain and reproduce external interventions and dependencies. Clearly, the attempted coup in Turkey was not the first, as the short history of the Turkish Republic aptly demonstrates. Yet, the more critical question to…

    Colonialism Politics
  • 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
  • June 9, 2017 |

    Commemoration: A Collective Narration of Palestine

    On June 5, 1967, Palestinians around the world marked the 50th anniversary of Naksah, which is commonly known as the Six Day War. Occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Golan Heights were the immediate outcome of the war but the real impact is the total erasure of Palestine from the global map. In…

    Colonialism De-Colonial Palestine Politics
  • May 16, 2017 |

    Refugees and Education: The Key to Sustainable Development!

    In the 1980s while I was an undergraduate student at San Francisco State University, I had the opportunity to meet and talk to refugees from El Salvador, Columbia and Nicaragua, who were part of the campus community. At the time, the civil wars and Cold War proxy regional conflicts had led many civilians to flee…

    Colonialism Muslim History Politics Race/Racism
  • May 3, 2017 |

    Is Balancing Freedom of Expression and Public Interest Possible?

    The current debate engulfing the University of California at Berkeley, the United States and the world as a whole is not unique or new, and it is as old as the human experience itself. Certainly, free speech and Berkeley will forever be connected. The 1960s’ Free Speech Movement was born on campus, and has shaped…

    Islamophobia Politics Race/Racism
  • January 3, 2017 |

    Obama’s Abstention: A Positive Step But Too Little Too Late!

    The U.S.’s abstention on U.N. Security Council Resolution 2334 was a major surprise coming in the waning days of President Obama’s administration. Just a day earlier, the U.N. Security Council’s process was brought to a screeching halt after news of President Abdel Fattah Al-Sissi withdrawing Egypt’s own resolution following a phone conversation with President-elect Trump,…

    Palestine Politics
  • December 22, 2016 |

    Trump’s Appointment of David Friedman is the Official End of Oslo

    Trump’s appointment of David M. Friedman as the new ambassador to Israel brings an end to 70 years of U.S. official policy on Palestine centered on U.N. resolutions 181, 242 and 338 with a two-state solution as the final outcome. Official policy or not, it must be made clear that, in reality, successive U.S. administrations…

    Colonialism Palestine Politics
  • December 13, 2016 |

    Dismembering the Ottomans and Colonizing Palestine

    The Zionist colonizing project in Palestine was carried out over a long period and had various stages to it but it could not have been possible without the involvement of Great Britain, France and the United States at a later point. Many books, articles and materials relating to Palestine tend to begin the Palestinian dispossession…

    Colonialism Islamic Politics Palestine Politics