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November 24, 2014

Briefings
With Friends Like These...    
June 26, 2013
In speeches and meetings over the past three weeks, the U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, has openly signaled total support for Egyptian President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. PI Online examines and questions the motives and the timing for such a short sighted policy.

Articles
Dangerous Liaisons    
January 16, 2013
A shroud woven by the Muslim Brotherhood is descending upon the Middle East. President Obama is tentatively gambling that the Brotherhood will produce stability in the region and make him the first U.S. president to establish a long lasting solution to the Palestinian problem. For that grand vision to become a reality, the United States, the Brotherhood and Israel are participating in a game of dangerous liaisons, where pragmatism rather than principles is the way to win. Like any other grand plan, the outcome is far from certain and there will be winners and losers
 
The Puzzle of Post Revolution Egypt    
March 15, 2011
Will democracy take hold in Egypt and will the new government be secular or theocratic and will a revival of nationalism play a role? PI Online attempts to shed light on these questions by examining the ideology of the major players shaping the future of Egypt. Some actions by these groups were predictable, like the Muslim Brotherhood. What lies behind actions of others, like the Coptic Christian Church, the Egyptian Military Command, Saudi Arabia and even the United States, is more complex and worrisome.
 
Secular or Islamic State: Where Does Egypt's Military Government Stand?    
February 16, 2011
Egypt's caretaker military government has appointed an avid Islamist who believes the shari'a should be the law of the land to lead efforts to amend the country's constitution. What signals are they sending to the world and radical factions within Egypt?
 
Suleiman: Change you can't believe in    
February 09, 2011
Seizing the opportunity created by the uprising in Egypt, the head of Egyptian Intelligence masterminded the swifter political coup in the Arab World. Within seventy-two hours, he got rid of the president, his family, all of his foes in the cabinet and most importantly the powerful interior minister. PI Online examines how this surreal plan was executed and why we should not let it succeed.
 
To the Washington Post from the Muslim Brotherhood     
December 11, 2010
Many, including the Washington Post, cried foul when the latest Egyptian parliamentary elections seemed rigged. The Post also decried what they viewed as a the timid U.S. Government response and a lack of American concern for "who or what will succeed Hosni Mubarak". PI Online examines democracy in Egypt through the eyes of the Muslim Brotherhood to see if the Post missed the point.
 
East v. West    
November 02, 2010
In Graham Fuller's new book "A World without Islam" the author presents a provocative theory that a "clash of civilizations" would be present today even if Islam did not exist; the Eastern Orthodox church would simply replace Islam as West's adversary. PI Online tests the author's theory through an analysis of the role of the Eastern Churches in the Middle East and their interaction with Islam and the West.
 
The Nile: The Politics of Survival    
July 12, 2010
In the 5th century B.C., Greek historian Herodotus called Egypt the "gift of the Nile" a country which remains until today almost totally dependent on the Nile waters for survival. Internal and external developments now threaten Egypt's critical relationship to the Nile. PI Online examines the international and domestic politics that are shaping a natural resource crisis.
 
Lost Dignity Regained (with postscript 5/9/2010)    
April 27, 2010
The most important result of the Iraqi elections is rarely mentioned in the Western press. Through the limited victory of the Iraqiyya party, the Sunnis have regained their "lost dignity". PI Online examines how these results have positively influenced the Arab psyche throughout the region. Without our support however, this restored dignity may be short lived and the moderates marginalized. Instead of a secular national unity governing Iraq, violent sectarianism will remain the law of the land and the radicals will rejoice.
 
The King Was not Amused    
March 29, 2010
This month in two consecutive events, the Saudi King and a Saudi woman took on the Wahabi religious establishment. PI Online examines how a simple gesture by the king and a poem by a woman set off another clash between the palace and an intransigent powerful sheikh.
 
Egypt's Judges Dispense Injustice    
March 10, 2010
An overwhelming majority of judges in the Egyptian State Council vote to ban women from the bench. This is a disheartening sign of deeply rooted problems and dimming hopes for improving the status of women in the country. PI Online examines the social and religious problems, too often ignored, which led to this travesty. .
 
God's Authority v. Power to the People    
March 01, 2010
Western commentators on Islam and the Arab World too often quote liberal Arab writers and ignore Islamist writers who have far greater influence on a large and growing segment of the Arab/Muslim population. PI Online analyzes the ideology of this conservative group, through the eyes of two of the most popular Islamic writers, the Tunisian Rashid Al-Ghannouchi and the Egyptian Fahmi Huwaidi .
 
Arab Women on the Move: Trends - Countertrends    
November 01, 2009
Recent events reveal unexpected diverging trends among regions in the Middle East concerning the status of women. PI Online examines these events and analyzes the reasons behind these contrasting developments.
 
Diplomacy, Yes - Normalization, No    
October 26, 2009
The concept of "Normalization" between Israel and Egypt remains a thorny issue. A case in point is the storm that erupted this month over an invitation extended to the Israeli ambassador by a chief editor of a relatively unknown magazine published under the auspices of Al-Ahram...
 
Understanding Moderate Islam through Al-Qaradawi's Eyes     
September 21, 2009
All eyes have been on "radical Islam" while the real "moderate" elements, which constitute the majority of the Muslim World, are ignored, except for the occasional platitude to assure them that "we are not at war with Islam".
PI Online explains why no Western policy towards Islam can be successful without engaging the real moderates and why understanding Qaradawi's views is an essential element in formulating that policy.
 
Muslims in Secular Societies    
April 17, 2009
Coexistence among religious groups was only possible, many contend, after the birth of secular governments. Addressing the 26th reunion of the Muslim organizations of France, Professor Olivier Abel reflects upon the 1905 birth of laicism in France, the doctrine which enables today's Muslims to freely express themselves in Europe.
 
Accommodating the Taliban
An Ill Conceived and Unprincipled Policy [PI 567]
    
March 24, 2009
Accommodating some elements of the Taliban as president Obama seems to be suggesting is difficult to rationalize logically or justify morally. Writer Mushari Al-Zayidi explains why Fareed Zakaria's advocated view of coexistence with the radicals, which seems supported by the president is an ill conceived policy.
 
The King's Quiet Revolution [PI-566]    
March 11, 2009
The Saudi King realized that for the educational and cultural reform he envisioned to take hold in the Kingdom nothing short of a revolution against the old guard of the religious establishment was necessary, and only the King himself could lead it.
 
Briefings - B 126    
February 15, 2009
* First Female ever appointed to Saudi Government
* The Sudanese Crisis: Dual Egyptian Emissaries!
 
Egypt in the Crossfire [PI 565]    
January 06, 2009
PI Online analyzes how the Islamization of the Palestinian conflict by Hamas coupled with the Israeli massacres in Gaza has left Egypt in the political crossfire and scrambling for a way out.
 
Web-Street Reactions - GAZA    
January 04, 2009
PI Online analyzed more than 2500 commentaries posted on Arabic Website during the first forty-eight hours following the bombing of Gaza.
 
The Arab/Islamic View of Obama
From Euphoria to Skepticism [PI-564]
    
December 30, 2008
In a very short period, the Arab/Muslim world went from euphoria to guarded skepticism about Obama's presidency. PI Online examines the views of Arab analysts that reflect various reasons for this shift.
 
Extremism...Yemen and Pakistan [PI 563]    
October 05, 2008
The similar Jihadi ideology permeating sub-cultural societies in Yemen and Pakistan are examined and analyzed through the eyes of Arab writers.
 
Hazards and Pitfalls of the Islamic Movements [PI 562]    
August 29, 2008
PI Online examines recent criticism and interpretations of Islamic dogma by some North African writers who are attempting to reform Muslim thinking and counteract the rigidity of Salafism.
 
PI 561 - Palestinian Fratricide - The Arab View    
August 07, 2008
Several Arab governments and the media are fretting over the violent confrontations between Hamas and Fatah in Gaza and the West Bank. PI Online examines the views of several writers and reaction in the street to these events.
 
PI 560 - Iraq by the Numbers    
July 30, 2008
Numbers impose a logic of their own that is difficult to refute. PI Online examines the role of women in suicidal attacks in Iraq and the larger implication of their actions.
See also: How Baida Wanted to Die [NY Times Magazine August 16. 2009] http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/16/magazine/16suicide-t.html
 
PI 559 - A Country Failing its King    
July 22, 2008
King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia is attempting to promote a more moderate Islam. PI Online examines how the message is received by the religious establishment and the population in the Kingdom.
 
PI 558 - "L'Union pour la Mediterranee"
A Gamble for France and a Controversy for the Arab World
    
July 16, 2008
French President Nicolas Sarkozy took a gamble in launching his vision for a Mediterranean Union. The inaugural conference saw the emergence of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad as an effective participant and the relevance of the Arab League called into question.
 
PI 557 - A Dichotomy: The Waning of Al-Qaeda and the Spread of Salafism    
July 02, 2008
While analysts in the West fret over whether the power of Al-Qaeda is rising or diminishing, a more worrisome spread of Salafism is taking shape in the Arab World. PI Online examines the rebirth of that rigid ideological branch of Islam, under a new cloak.
 
The Futility of Religious Dialogues    
June 26, 2008
PI Online supports Pakynam Al-Sharqawi's assertion that cultural dialogues between the West and the Muslim world are more effective than inter-faith dialogues. Religious dialogues like those initiated by the Vatican and Saudi Arabia generate little interest in the population and have no lasting effect.
 
Pakistan: The Rise of Sharif and the Cost of Islamic Rule    
June 15, 2008
By betting on one man, Nawaz Sharif, the Saudis could be making the same mistake Washington made in pinning all their hopes on one woman, Bhenazir Bhutto. PI Online examines the power struggle in this nuclear country and the prospects that could propel Islamists to power under Sharif.
 
PI554 Egypt-Sudan: Between a Rock and a Hard Place    
June 02, 2008
Veteran Egyptian writer/journalist Muhammad Hassanein Haykal stated this week that action [which he referred to as "surgical operation" ] is necessary and eminent against the Sudanese government. PI Online examines the Egyptian-Sudanese relationship under this new light.
 
PI 553 - Obama - The Muslims' Dilemma    
May 29, 2008
PI Online examines NY Times article concluding that Obama's religious roots would hinder his ability as President to improve relations with the Muslim world.
 
PI 552 Sectarianism and National Identity    
April 22, 2008
With the diminishing appeal of Pan-Arabism and Pan-Islamism, PI Online examines how the rising trend of sectarian and tribal identity comes at the expense of a national identity.
 
PI 909 - The Changing Face of Jihad - Culture Trumps Ideology    
April 17, 2008
PI Online examines Hossam Tammam's article outlining the changing faces of Jihad and the diminishing influence of the Egyptian faction in Al-Qaeda movement. He seems to confirm Marc Sageman's earlier observation that the cultural relationship between members of the Jihadi movement rather than ideology remains the most influential factor in recruitment.
 
Briefings: Arab League - Qaradawi - Muslim Brotherhood    
April 16, 2008
* Amr Moussa: Only Extremists Want a Clash of Civilizations
* Qaradawi: Miniscule Percentages of Alcohol Allowed in Drinks
* Jail Sentences for 25 Members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood
 
PI 551 - It's the Economy Stupid...As Riots Break out in Egypt
The Muslim Brotherhood is Sidelined
    
April 08, 2008
PI Online examines the complex question of the Muslim Brotherhood's refusal to participate in organized protests or the municipal elections. Is the Brotherhood out of touch?
 
PI 550 - Building Churches in Saudi Arabia - The King's Dilemma    
April 07, 2008
When religious coexistence and religious dogma collide in the Middle East, it is difficult for good intentions to prevail. PI Online examines the arguments used by conservative Muslims who reject the idea of building Churches on Saudi soil and the unenviable position in which they placed the Saudi King.
 
Briefings - 3/31/2008    
March 31, 2008
* Al-Azhar Conservative Pronouncements: No to the Inheritance of Christian/Jewish Wife from her Muslim Husband - No to the Equality of Testimony Between a Man and a Woman - No to the Restricting the Number of Wives
* Consternation Over Gaddafi's Remarks at Arab Summit
* Intellectuals and Organizations Defend Two Writers against a Fatwa Calling for Their Head
 
PI B113 - Briefings - Pope's Baptism - Islamic Summit    
March 24, 2008
* Street Reactions to the Pope's Baptism of a Converted Muslim
* Review and Analysis of the 11th Islamic Summit
 
PI 548 - Freedom of Expression or Apostasy
Fatwa Condemning Two Saudi Journalists to Death
    
March 23, 2008
The battle of ideas between moderates and Salafi ideologues continue. A new fatwa condemning two journalists to death re-ignites the controversy over the conservatives' insistence on legitimizing recourse to violence against all those who disagree with them.
 
PI 549 - Council of "Supreme Scholars" rejects the Appointment of Women    
March 19, 2008
PI Online examines the politically-charged rationale offered by one of the strongest members of the Saudi Council of "Supreme Scholars" in rejecting the appointment of women
 
PI 401- The Varied Interpretations of "Jihad" [BOOK REVIEW]    
March 17, 2008
A new book by Maher Al-Sharif takes a rare look at the evolutionary concept of Jihad in Islamic thoughts. In doing so, the author examines three important issues: should Islam only be spread peacefully or violently if necessary; should people be allowed to choose their own religion without recrimination; and should God be the sole judge of religious conduct.
 
Briefings from Jordan, Germany and Dubai [PI B112]    
March 13, 2008
* Spiritual Father of Al-Zarqawi Released from Prison
* First Association in Germany for Jewish - Muslim Dialogue is Launched
* Combating the Negative Western Perception of the Prophet through Cultural Education
 
PI 908 - Ahmad Al-Rubei, 1949-2008 - In Memoriam    
March 10, 2008
PI Online examines the life of this Harvard educated liberal who was credited for naming Al-Arabiya news channel. The writings of this columnist, parliamentarian and former Education minister always had a clear vision of right versus wrong, regardless of what was viewed as politically correct in the Arab World.
 
Briefings 3/8/2008 [PI B111]    
March 08, 2008
* Al-Jazeera Apologizes for Broadcast of Arab-American Psychiatrist Criticizing Islam
* Al-Sadr Explains his Seclusion and Acknowledges Dissension in the Ranks
* First Woman Allowed to Perform Marriages in Egypt
 
PI 546 - The Religious Transformation of the Palestinian Fight    
March 06, 2008
A report from Gaza brought into focus the often neglected reality of the fanatically religious transformation of the Palestinian fighters. PI Online examines the larger implications through the eyes of a fighter's account.
 
PI 545 - Misunderstanding the "Other"
A Call for a New Perspective to Foster Dialogue
    
March 03, 2008
Egyptian thinker has proclaimed that no single religion has the right to monopolize God's favoritism. He proposes a five points approach to serve as a foundation for a new perspective by participants in the cultural and religious dialogue.
 
PI 544 - Two Prominent Sheikhs Speak Out on Women Rights and Freedom of Expression    
February 28, 2008
Sheikh Al-Qarni lashes out against the systemic extortion and subjugation of women by tyrannical male family members in Saudi Arabia and sheikh Al-'Awdah advocates openness towards western culture, warning against what he calls a "closed door" policy. He also advised Muslim women to adopt the clothing habits of the societies in which they reside, including the West, while maintaining a conservative appearance.
 
[PI 543] Religious Diversity and National Identity    
February 27, 2008
Writer Adel Latifi suggests that, in the absence of national identity, the basis for laws and governance becomes tribal, sectarian and religious. He claims that modernity is slowly imposing an acceptance of religious diversity and calls for Arab leadership to govern its citizens without regard to their religious affiliation.
 
Briefings from France - Egypt and Libya    
February 26, 2008
* Israel Honored at "Le Salon du Livre" - Arabs Object [France]
* Book: "Love and Sex of the Prophet" - banned by Al-Azhar [Egypt]
* Qaddafi's Son Takes Leading Role in Reconciling with Militants [Libya]
 
[PI 541] - The Archbishop's Remarks through Muslim Eyes    
February 19, 2008
How was the Archbishop of Canterbury's speech about allowing Islamic laws in Britain received in the Islamic world?
PI Online examines the mixed reaction of three Islamist writers.
 
PI 907] Ahmad Kamal Abu al-Magd- Personality of the month - FEB    
February 16, 2008
PI Online presents one of the most respected centrist Islamists in Egypt, known for his quest to institute a dialogue within the Muslim world and avoid a clash of civilizations. His usual optimism and belief in establishing a vibrant and peaceful Political Islam has lately been dampened by what he sees as a total failure on the part of the Muslim Brotherhood to participate constructively in the political process.
 
Briefings from Turkey-Iraq-Britain-Egypt    
February 13, 2008
* Veiling and Unveiling - Turkey & Iraq
* Apostates and the Copts - Egypt
* Cardinal of Canterbury Calls for Implementation of Shari'a
* British Deny Qaradawi Visa
 
[PI 540] Is "Islamic Secularism" an Oxymoron?    
February 05, 2008
What are the challenges facing those advocating the emerging ideology known as "Islamic Secularism" and should Muslims be free to chose the political regime that is most adaptable to the times while remaining faithful to Islam?
 
[Pi 539] Saudi Woman Writer Speaks Out on Fanaticism    
February 03, 2008
Iman Al-Qahtani addresses the issue of fanaticism in Islam and blames the clerical establishment for misinterpreting the Qur'an and the education system for inflaming the youth. She poses the provocative question whether humans have corrupted the true meaning of the Qur'an throughout the centuries.
 
[PI 538] How Did Egypt Get Trapped?
Two Opposing Perspectives
    
January 29, 2008
The situation in Egypt is dangerous enough to warrant serious coordinated efforts by many parties to avert a disaster. PI Online examines two opposing views on the unfolding developments of the Gaza crisis.
 
PI 537 Arab identity does not exist !    
January 27, 2008
Sheikh 'A'id Al-Qarni declares that the Arab mindset does not have identifiable characteristics and the only solution is for Arabism to become synonymous with Islamism.
 
[PI 536] Interpreting the Qur'an - New Voices    
January 25, 2008
Columnist Sayyed Wild-Abah brings to the public a recent important debate undertaken by Muslim Philosophers who are challenging traditional Quranic interpretations. These new Islamic thoughts could have serious theological and political implications.
 
[PI 535] Peace in Exchange for the Veil    
January 21, 2008
Writer Ma'mun Fendi considers the veil a public, political manifestation of fanaticism which contributed to Egypt's cultural decline. He blames the late president Sadat for having given birth to that religious phenomenon.
 
[PI 534] - Unexpected Alliance
The Muslim Brotherhood and the European parliament
    
January 19, 2008
PI Online examines how two unlikely entities joined forces for a shared cause, as Islamist Muhammad Gamal Hishmat unleashed his criticism at the Egyptian Government.
 
[PI 533] Al-Qaeda Hijacked - Jihad on the Rise?    
January 17, 2008
Reviewing twenty-years of Jihadi movements since the inception of Al Qaeda in 1988, political analyst Khalil Al-'Anani predicts a new and disturbing transformation of these movements during the coming year.
 
[PI-B107]
* Religious Police at the exit door? a survey
* Islamic Movements in parliament
    
January 15, 2008
- The Infamous and powerful "Religious Police" of Saudi Arabia may be replaced by a civil communal force.
- Islamic Movements in Arab parliaments: Fanfare without Results
 
[PI 530] Ibn Rushd (Averroes) and the Equality of Women    
January 13, 2008
Academician argues that progress and development in Arab and Muslim society cannot be achieved without resolving the role of women in the manner of the twelfth century philosopher Ibn Rushd.
 
[PI 532] A Novel Approach to the Relationship between Politics and Islam [ON LANGUAGE]    
January 12, 2008
A prominent scholar and political Islamic leader presents a compelling argument for the co-existence of Islam and secularism in the Muslim world and calls for reform.
 
[PI 529] Journalist and Cleric Clash over the Role of Women in Government    
January 04, 2008
A well known Saudi Journalist is under attack by the religious establishment for insinuating that it is acceptable for a woman to head a government in a Muslim country.
 
[Pi 528] Chronicle of a Death Foretold
Spotlight on Fundamentalism: The Exception or the Norm
    
January 01, 2008
Most western politicians and analysts make the assumption that violence and fundamentalist governments would only be supported by a very limited portion of the Muslim population. Ma'mun Fendi writing in the daily newspaper asharq al-awsat challenges that conventional wisdom and presents facts in support of his thesis.
 
[PI 527] Re-Examining Islamic History - A Religious and Political Imperative    
December 29, 2007
It is impossible for the political constitution of Islamic society to remain static for hundreds of years. To resolve that dilemma, a serious review and reinterpretation of some aspects of Islamic history becomes imperative.
 
[PI 526] Islam and Secularism    
December 19, 2007
The stark contrast between two different perspectives on the interaction between secularism and Islam reveals a serious ideological divide within the Arab/Muslim world.
 
Briefings - 12/12/2007    
December 12, 2007
*Hizbullah Condemns the Assassination of Lebanese General
* Qadafi Creates French Crisis
* Is there an Egyptian-Iranian Rapprochement?
 
PI 906 - Perspectives on Jihad    
December 08, 2007
Seven analysts reflect upon Dr. Fadl's re-examination of the Jihadi Movement - Is violent Jihad inherent in Salafi dogma or is it the intersection of dogma and socio-political conditions
 
PI 904 - Jihad in Foreign Lands and the Ideology of takfir
Moderating Jihadi Activities in Egypt and the World (7-10)
    
December 05, 2007
Dr. Fadl examines the restrictions imposed on Jihad for Muslims living in foreign countries and the ideology of takfir
 
PI 525 - A Fatwa to Eliminate Violence against Women Raises Shi'a - Sunni Controversy    
November 30, 2007
Shi'a cleric's Fatwa to end domestic violence against women creates controversy with his Sunni counterpart.
 
Pi 524 A Muslim Woman Takes Center Stage    
November 29, 2007
''The testimony of a woman is legally equal in weight with a man's testimony'' With that statement, a prominent Muslim woman, Dr. Zeinab Radwan, takes on the Islamic establishment.
 
[PI 903] Moderating Jihadi Activities in Egypt and the World (4-6) & Initial Reactions    
November 28, 2007
Dr. Fadl points out that ''Allah does not forbid you, with regard to those who have not fought you in your faith nor driven you out of your home, from dealing kindly and justly with them, for Allah loves those who are just'' Al-Mumtahinah 8. The debate over his recent manuscript begins.
 
[PI 902] Moderating Jihadi Activities in Egypt and the World (1 - 3)    
November 25, 2007
Is Dr. Fadl becoming a moderate? He still advocates Jihad but opposes violence. Is it a permanent or a temporary accomodation in position.
PI Online analyzes his most recent, controversial writings.
 
[PI 901] -The Man Who Once Ruled the ''Islamic Jihad'' Speaks Out
SPECIAL SERIES
    
November 19, 2007
Zawahiri criticizes his former companion and secret Emir of the Jihadi movement, Dr. Fadl. - PI Online begins a series analyzing his writings presently being published with an examination of the enigmatic Dr. Fadl .
 
[PI 522] Turkey - A Disappointment for Islamists    
November 17, 2007
The honeymoon between Islamists and the Turkish government was short lived. Perhaps the Islamists sense that the actions of the Turkish leadership, like the recent visit of the Saudi king to the Vatican, may signal broad rejection of Islamist policies in favor of moderate Islam.
 
[PI 521] The Tunisian Alternative    
November 15, 2007
Is the Tunisian model to be admired or criticized? The answer seems to lie somewhere in the middle. PI Online examines whether security and democracy can co-exist in the Middle East today.
 
[PI 520] The King and the Pope - The Word on the Street    
November 11, 2007
For most Middle East observers the fact that the Saudi Arabian King met with the Pope in the Vatican was itself significant, and PI Online's statistics show that Arab reaction on the street was generally positive. Yet, uncharacteristically, Thomas Freedman of the New York Times sees the glass half-empty and says the visit has ''left no trace.''
 
[PI 519] 'Amr Khaled Message of Hope    
November 04, 2007
An analysis of the style and message of the enormously influential Islamic tele-preacher Amr Khaled
 
[PI 518] Does ''Citizenship'' Have Meaning in Islam? [ON LANGUAGE]    
November 01, 2007
Qaradawi's linguistic deconstruction of the meaning of ''citizenship'' and ''brotherhood'' within an Islamic framework.
 
[PI 517] Islamic Jurisprudence and the Recognition of Israel    
October 31, 2007
PI Online examines the religious justification used to legitimize the recognition of Israel.
 
[PI 516] The Tribe Defies the Ummah    
October 27, 2007
Is the recent rise in tribal loyalties a natural reaction to terrorism or the result of deliberate plan to divide and conquer?
 
[PI 515] Shi'a - Internecine Conflict    
October 25, 2007
Yesterday, a shi'a Lebanese religious scholar, Muhammad 'Ali al-Husayni, accused the Iranian leadership of having a plan to eliminate all Arab Shi'a religious leaders. PI Online analyzes the doctrine of Wilayat Al-Faqih and what may have led him to that conclusion.
 
[PI 802] Street Reaction to Bin Ladin Audio Releases    
October 24, 2007
PI Online Filtered and analyzed 439 messages collected between 10/22 and 10/24 from the Web commenting on the Bin Ladin latest audio releases.
 
[PI 514] The Political Islamist Meets the Philosopher    
October 20, 2007
Moroccan author Ahmad Al-Raysuni chooses the twelfth century philosopher Ibn Rushd, known in the West as ''Averroes'', to prove that religion and politics can blend. Al-Raysuni either ignored or was unaware of Averroes' philosophy.
 
[PI B103] Muslim Brotherhood - Crisis at the Top    
October 18, 2007
The leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood declares: ''The Brotherhood's dictionary does not include the word Israel.'' - PI Online examines the clash within the Brotherhood's hierarchy between the dogmatic hardliners and the political pragmatists
 
[PI 513] ''Muslim Democrats'' and other Positive Changes in the Arab World    
October 17, 2007
Taking an unusually optimist approach, reminiscent of Thomas Friedman, author 'Abdelmoneim Sa'id writing today in Al-Sharq al-awsat, identifies five positive changes in the Arab World.
 
[PI 511] Violent Takfiri Groups are Back    
October 15, 2007
Radical Islamists belonging to the group of "al-Takfir wal-Hijra" were arrested by the Egyptian authorities. PI Online examines the history behind this radical Salafi group and what these arrests may signify.
 
[PI 512] Qadaffi Declares All Muslims are Shi'a    
October 12, 2007
President Qadaffi of Libya reopened the semantic debate over the historical interpretation of the word Shi'a. His views will be vigorously challenged by radical Islamists, as well as some moderate Sunni Muslims. PI Online examines the logic and the controversy behind it.
 
[PI 510] A Sociological Perspective on Present Sunni-Shi'a Animosity    
October 09, 2007
Is sectarianism the root of Sunni - Shi'a animosity. Mazin Muwaffaq Hashim believes differently and PI Online analyzes his position.
 
[PI 509] A Division within the Muslim Brotherhood?    
October 07, 2007
"YES" to Women and Non-Muslims to hold the office of the Presidency and "NO" to an oversight supreme religious body. Rather than resolving the controversial issues, two leading personalities within the Muslim Brotherhood raise further questions.
 
[PI 508] Are the Arab Islamist Movements in Decline?    
October 06, 2007
An analysis of the Islamists' experiences in Jordan, Egypt, Palestine and Morocco by Khalil Al-'Anani. The author discusses the problems and consequences of movements in trouble.
 
[PI 507] A Shi'a Concept Conveniently Adopted by Sunni Political Movements    
October 04, 2007
[ON LANGUAGE] - Author Wahid 'Abdel-Meguid, in his article entitled "The Religious Marja'iyyah ...the Islamic Movements' Impasse," discusses how the Brotherhood misuses a label suggesting harmony between religion and state for its platform that disregards the sovereignty of the state and its democratic foundation.
 
[PI 505] The New Egyptian Brotherhood Platform: Iran, Taliban or Erdogan Style ?    
September 27, 2007
The just announced Egyptian Brotherhood party platform is analyzed by Khalil Al-'Anani. PI Online examines the analysis.
 
[PI B101] Sunnis Saving Face in Lebanon    
September 25, 2007
The Sunni hierarchy in Lebanon felt humiliated by the devastating results of its failure to challenge such an extreme group as Fath Al-Islam early on. This weekend they tried to remedy the situation.
 
[PI 801] Web-Street reactions to the condemnation of Bin-Ladin by an prominent Islamist Sheikh    
September 24, 2007
An analysis of 1052 messages in response to sheikh Al-'Awdah's letter condemning Bin Ladin which were collected and filtered from numerous websites by PI Online show that it may be possible to generate a credible debate by appealing to logical arguments advanced by influential religious writers.
 
[PI 501] Hizballah Women - an Underestimated Power    
September 22, 2007
The role of women within the Hizballah Shi'a movement stands in stark contrast to their almost non-existent public function within the Sunni militant groups. Writer Fatima Al-'Isawi examines the evolving political, social and military role of women in Hizballah.
 
[PI 601] Two Muslim Scholars turn on the rhetoric against two factions of Al-Qaida    
September 22, 2007
Is there a coordinated effort among respected and relatively moderate Muslim scholars to condemn and undermine the violence and fanaticism exemplified by Al-Qaida? Two open letters by Al-Qaradawi and Al-'Awdah seem to suggest so, however it remains to be seen whether this is a sustained effort or short-lived rhetoric.
 
[PI 502] Political Islam and the Un-Turkish Experience    
September 21, 2007
Author Mshari Al-Zaydi rejects the Islamists' characterization of the victory achieved by the conservative AK Party in Turkey as a political win for Islamic fundamentalism, a claim he considers unfounded.
 
[PI 503] Is there a disconnect between Islamist Groups and the masses?    
September 18, 2007
The islamist writer Al-'Abdah accuses most Islamist Groups of pursuing an elitist, factional self-centered policy leading to their isolation from the masses. His proposed solution, however, seems to reveal a deeper agenda for transforming the entire Middle East to Islamic rule.
 
 
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