Papers

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 […]

Christian Proponents of Equality Under Ottoman Rule

Published: January 18, 2015

In a new paper published by Al-Mesbar Center, George Massuh, Chairman of the Center for Christian-Islamic Studies at the University of Balamand (Lebanon), describes activity by Christian intellectuals prior to the collapse of the Ottoman Empire. Their efforts reflect an attempt to use non-religious discourse to support pluralism and partnership with Muslims. Such attempts, according […]

Ibadis in the Sultanate of Oman: Religious and Sectarian Coexistence

Published: January 15, 2015

(The following is a summary of a paper on Oman’s Ibadi sect, published in Al-Mesbar’s 93rd monthly book. For an executive summary of the book, click here.) Jordanian author and researcher Mohammed Al-Awawda explores the Sultanate  of Oman, which he claims has been the most successful of the Gulf states in overcoming sectarian tension. The author presents […]

The Jews of Kuwait: Presence, Status, and Emigration

Published: January 15, 2015

(The following is a summary of a paper on the history of the Jews of Kuwait, published in Al-Mesbar’s 93rd monthly book, Sectarian and Ethnic Diversity in the Gulf States. For an executive summary of the book, click here.) The little-known history of Jews who inhabited the small Gulf emirate of Kuwait is the subject of an Al-Mesbar […]

Canada and the Arab Islamists: Plus ça change

Published: October 03, 2014

by Alex Wilner –  Canada is a curious political animal. It is a stalwart democracy and a leading economic and energy powerhouse, a founding member of the UN, NATO and the G7/8, and a member of both the Commonwealth of Nations (i.e. the British Commonwealth) and its French counterpart, Organisation international de la Francophonie. It […]

Militant Islamist Groups in Central Asia and Their Foreign Contacts

Published: October 03, 2014

by Andrew McGregor –  Introduction; Modern Origins of Islamist Militancy in Central Asia The Islamist movement in Central Asia has its modern origins in the post-Soviet environment of Central Asia’s Ferghana Valley, a traditional cultural and economic meeting point now divided by the national borders of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. A growing youth population, high […]

Between ‘Engagement’ and a ‘Values-Led’ Approach: Britain and the Muslim Brotherhood from 9/11 to the Arab Spring

Published: October 03, 2014

By Martyn Frampton & Shiraz Maher –  Introduction David Cameron became the first Western leader to visit Egypt in the wake of Hosni Mubarak’s deposition in February 2011. On that occasion, while promising to help Egyptians create the “building blocks of democracy,” Cameron refused to meet with the Muslim Brotherhood. For this, he was censured […]