Analysis & Commentary

10th June 2015 - The Washington Times

The Rhyme and Reason of Jihad

Clifford D. May

You probably didn’t know it but Osama bin Laden was a poet. In fact, according to Yale’s Robyn Creswell and Princeton’s Bernard Haykel, “of all jihadi poets, bin Laden was the most celebrated, and he prided himself on his knowledge of the art.”

12th May 2015 - The Washington Times

The Fine Line Between Free Speech and Provocation

Clifford D. May

Rights are like muscles. If not exercised, they atrophy. Freedom of speech, a right guaranteed by the First Amendment, is the most fundamental of rights. Without it, how do you even defend your other rights?

5th September 2014 - The Weekly Standard

A Muslim Identity Crisis

Reuel Marc Gerecht

The massive sexual abuse case in Rotherham, England, has revealed again how awkward and self-defeating the Western response often is to matters that touch on religious identity.

28th May 2014 - The Hill

Do We Have To Destroy Radical Islamism In Order To Save Islam?

Michael Ledeen

Is "Islamic democracy" a contradiction in terms, a big fat oxymoron?

15th April 2014 - The Washington Times

Academic Dishonors

Clifford D. May

Remember when colleges prided themselves on the diligence and depth of their research? Frederick Lawrence, president of Brandeis University, apparently does not.

27th March 2014 - FDD Policy Brief

Highlighting Hatred in Saudi Textbooks

President Obama is set to visit Saudi Arabia this Friday for discussions with Saudi officials focusing on regional developments and repairing the strained relations between...

12th December 2013 - National Review Online

The Disinformation Age

Clifford D. May

Walter Cronkite, the great CBS anchorman from 1962 to 1981, was called “the most trusted man in America” — and polling supported that claim. He’d conclude...

13th October 2013 - Quoted by Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post

Has Islamism Peaked in the Middle East?

Jonathan Schanzer

Almost every day there is news about a new attack by al-Qaida or another radical Islamic group, yet events since the summer demonstrate that there is...

26th September 2013 - The Long War Journal

Free Syrian Army Units Ally with al Qaeda, Reject Syrian National Coalition, and Call for Sharia

Bill Roggio

Some of the largest Free Syrian Army brigades teamed up with an al Qaeda affiliate and other large Islamist groups to reject the Western-backed Syrian...

23rd September 2013 - Fox News

The O’Reilly Factor

Clifford D. May

With new terrorist attacks in Kenya and Pakistan over the weekend, are moderate Muslims doing enough to speak out against extremism within their religion?

18th July 2013 - Podcast

The Loopcast

Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

Political Islam after Egypt's coup.

12th July 2013 - The Washington Post

In Egypt, the Popularity of Islamism Shall Endure

Reuel Marc Gerecht

How will the Egyptian army’s coup against the elected Muslim Brotherhood government affect Islamism, intellectually and politically the most consequential...

7th June 2013 - Quoted by Adam Kredo, The Washington Free Beacon

Hamas Threatens to Shutter Christian Schools in Hamas-Run Gaza

Jonathan Schanzer

The Hamas government in the Gaza Strip is threatening to shutter five Christian schools for allowing boys and girls to study in the same classroom, according to reports.

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.


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