Analysis & Commentary

15th May 2013 - Fikra Forum

The Battle for Control of Al-Azhar

In the wake of the crisis between radical Islamists and Copts during the Coptic Easter, another major religious crisis has been unfolding in Egypt. Al-Azhar, one of the world’s most respected...

28th March 2013 - al-Wasat

Why is Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia’s Leader Threatening the Government?

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Yesterday, Ansar al-Sharia Tunisia’s fugitive leader Abu Iyad al-Tunisi (Saif-Allah Benahssine) issued a bellicose statement threatening the overthrow of Tunisia’s government if it interfered with AST.

26th March 2013 - Foreign Policy

Springtime for Salafists

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

In mid-March, a 19-year-old Tunisian activist named Amina Tyler posted several topless photographs of herself on Facebook. In one pose, the dark-haired Amina is set against a black background, wearing lipstick and eye shadow.

18th March 2013 - Sun News Network - Canada


Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses the Muslim Brotherhood's restrictions of women's rights and its crack down on secularism.

27th February 2013 - The National Interest

The Radicalization of African Islam

Each spring, the entire community of Djenne, a small town in central Mali, gathers to repair the natural damage inflicted upon the town’s Grand Mosque in the previous year. The festival, known as the Plastering...

21st February 2013 - National Post

Ahmadi Muslims, Killed in Pakistan but Welcomed Here, Perfectly Symbolize Our Canadian Values

Last week, when Canadians learned that the federal government was set to announce the creation of a new “Office of Religious Freedom,” CBC reported the news with this headline: “Harper to unveil religious...

29th January 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

Israel’s New Islamist Neighborhood

Reuel Marc Gerecht

Israel last week held parliamentary elections, and many in America and Europe are interpreting the results as a triumph for moderates that means new hope for the Middle East peace process.

24th January 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

A Religious Taboo

Clifford D. May

Can we at least agree that reports of al-Qaeda’s death have been greatly exaggerated? You’ll recall that Peter Bergen, a director at the New America Foundation and the national-security analyst for CNN...

16th January 2013 - Fox News

Egyptian Court Sentences Christian Family to 15 Years for Converting From Islam

Benjamin Weinthal

The 15-year prison sentence given to a woman and her seven children by an Egyptian court for converting to Christianity is a sign of things to come, according to alarmed human rights advocates who say...

14th January 2013 - Fox News

Happening Now

Jonathan Schanzer

FDD's Jonathan Schanzer discusses the two year anniversary of the Arab Spring and what could come next.

9th January 2013 - The Wall Street Journal

A Nasty Neologism

Jonathan Schanzer

'The enemy of America is not our many Muslim friends," President George W. Bush declared soon after the 9/11 attacks. Mr. Bush's statement set the tone for the tumultuous decade to come, one in which...

3rd January 2013 - Syndicated

The Frank Gaffney Show

Clifford D. May

FDD's Clifford May critiques a recent article by Robert Kaplan, arguing that Islamists are united by their religion rather than by blood ties. May cites the hostility of Egyptian Islamists towards Egyptian Christians...

3rd January 2013 - Scripps Howard News Service

Beyond ‘Toxic Nationalism’

Clifford D. May

Robert D. Kaplan has long been among America’s most insightful analysts of global trends. I’d rather argue with him than agree with most others. Right now, I’m going to do a bit of both.

31st December 2012 - The Jerusalem Post

Analysis: What Do Mideast Christians Face in ’13?

Benjamin Weinthal

Growing persecution of Middle Eastern Christians and holy sites by radical Islamists in the Middle East and Africa in 2012 resulted in large numbers of murders, bombings, imprisonments, church closures...

10th December 2012 - The Weekly Standard

The Quality of Morsi

Egypt’s political crisis seems to be testing the conviction, long held in certain Western circles, that actually having to govern a modern nation-state will moderate Islamists.

6th December 2012 - Scripps Howard News Service

Islamology 101

Clifford D. May

Google “Islamist” and you’ll get more than 24 million hits. Google “jihadist” and you’ll get millions more. Yet I bet the average American could not tell you what it is that Islamists and jihadists believe.

3rd December 2012 - Syndicated

The Frank Gaffney Show

Sebastian Gorka discusses Turkey, its growing Islamization and the affect the Syrian civil war is having on that change.

25th November 2012 - The Jerusalem Post

France Slated to Open First Gay Mosque

Benjamin Weinthal

Muhammad Ludovic Lütfi Zahed, a gay French-Algerian man, is slated to open the first gay mosque at the end of November. The Turkish daily newspaper Hurriyet first reported...

21st November 2012 - CBN News

Stakelbeck on Terror

FDD's Sebastian Gorka explains how America is losing the ideological war against Islamists.

30th October 2012 - National Review Online

Islamists Kill Scores at Nigerian Roman Catholic Church

Benjamin Weinthal

A suicide bomber driving an SUV full of explosives crashed into a Catholic church in a Christian minority enclave of Nigeria during Mass yesterday, killing ten congregants and wounding at least 145.


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