Papers

Forsane Alizza: From radical demonstration to the preparation of terrorist action

Published: April 20, 2016

by Philippe Migaux, Phd in Ethnology The French Republic, beyond its core values of Equality, Liberty and Fraternity, advocates the principle of Secularism. This principle is often misunderstood. The law separating the State from the Churches, passed on 9 December 1905, was first and foremost the outcome of a long-drawn historical debate on how much the […]

Islam and Muslims in China

Published: October 02, 2015

Al-Mesbar’s 105th monthly book addresses the status of Islam and Muslims in China, from historical, social, religious, and economic. Arab scholars and research institutes often neglect this vital topic due to the complexity of a vast country of 56 ethnic groups, on a land mass the size of Europe. The study of China’s Muslims needs […]

An Untold Story of Armenian Survival

Published: April 22, 2015

by Armen Tsolag Marsoobian  As a child growing up in New York City, the little that I knew about the events of 1915 primarily came from two sources: my parents who were genocide survivors and my Armenian American friends. What I knew was simple enough. An ancient two-thousand-year-old nation had been ethnically cleansed from its […]

Egypt’s Copts in the Discourse of the Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi Groups

Published: February 03, 2015

Andres Zeki Estafanos, a theology professor in Cairo, presents a critical study of Muslim Brotherhood and Salafi discourse on the Copts of Egypt — in Al-Mesbar Center’s ninety-first monthly book, Christians of the Arab East. The paper begins with a review of manifestations of tolerance and intolerance in Egyptian history. Estafanos notes that the concept of “minorities” became prominent […]

Spain and Islamist Movements: from the Victory of the FIS to the Arab Spring

Published: January 19, 2015

by Ana I. Planet and Miguel Hernando de Larramendi — Although concerns about political Islam in the western world can be traced back to the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran, the need to articulate a position in Spain in the face of the rise of political Islamism was delayed until the end of the 1980s […]

Israel and the Arab Spring: Understanding Attitudes and Responses to the ‘New Middle East’

Published: January 19, 2015

From the outset, the Arab Spring has taken the world by storm. It both challenged the political status quo in the Middle East and attempted to write a new chapter in the history of the region. The State of Israel—with its complex geostrategic position and its difficult relations with its neighbors—was equally astounded when protests […]

U.S. Policy and the Muslim Brotherhood

Published: January 19, 2015

by Steven Brooke — On June 24, 2012 Mohammed Morsi, a candidate from the Muslim Brotherhood, won Egypt’s first presidential elections.  The same day, U.S. President Barack Obama called his counterpart to offer his congratulations on the victory.  Morsi’s high-profile triumph symbolizes the Islamist electoral successes that have followed in the wake of the Arab […]

Germany and the Muslim Brotherhood

Published: January 19, 2015

by Guido Steinberg– Germany’s policy towards the Muslim Brotherhood consisted of a domestic and a foreign policy dimension ever since the first Brothers arrived in Germany during the 1950s. Although German policymakers do not seem to have seen any connection between the two fields of action, as policies in both were characterized by a rejection […]

France and the Islamist Movements: A Long Non-Dialogue

Published: January 19, 2015

by Jean-François Daguzan — France has a unique relationship with Arab countries and particularly with North African (Maghreb) states. To maintain influence and strong economic links with these countries since their independences France was obligated to develop a policy of compromise with former colonized states or policy/economy linked countries in the Near-East. What the analysts called […]

Al-Azhar and Egypt’s Copts: From Defensive Relations to Constructive Dialogue

Published: January 18, 2015

by Vivian Fuad It is not easy to trace relations between Al-Azhar and Egypt’s Coptic Christians — particularly since the revolution of January 25th, 2011, amid its continually shifting consequences. Source materials on the subject are scarce and incomplete. This paper will address Azhari-Coptic relations through a combination of documented meetings and interviews with some of the people who took part […]