Women and Islam: A Topic that Troubles

Ursula Lindsey / 10 Mar 2017 / News

Hatoon al Fassi, a Saudi scholar, has provoked controversy in Qatar for arguing that the Koran, correctly interpreted, supports the empowerment of women.

In the Arab World, an Academic Freedom Report Focuses on Egypt

Edward Fox / 08 Nov 2016 / News

The Academic Freedom Monitoring Report, a project of Scholars at Risk, has highlighted Egypt, especially the bans there that prevent professors from traveling.

Of Architecture Projects and Academic Freedom

Tarek Abd El-Galil / 12 Sep 2016 / News

In the latest blow to Egypt’s academic freedom, a private university destroyed some architecture students’ projects and fired a professor.

Turkish Academics Pay Harsh Penalties for the Failed Coup

Ursula Lindsey / 23 Jul 2016 / News

Academics at Turkish universities, once among the most international in the region, face a travel ban and forced resignations.

Courage to Think Defender Award Given to Egyptian Scholars and Students

Burton Bollag / 14 Jun 2016 / News

The Scholars at Risk network has given its highest award to those professors and students in Egypt who have suffered under the military government’s crackdown on freedom of speech.

Tunisian Academics Still Under Threat After the Jasmine Revolution

Khaoula Sliti / 14 Feb 2016 / News

Religious conservatives are using accusations of atheism and other tactics to try to silence Tunisian academics.

Instagram and Broadband Use Are Reshaping Arab Social Media

Benjamin Plackett / 14 Feb 2016 / News

Photo and video social-media channels are on the rise in the Arab region, but users are still worried about their freedom.

Group Challenges Forced “Donations” by Cairo U. Professors

Ahmed ElShamy / 26 Jan 2016 / News

An independent group is fighting in court a Cairo University practice of asking professors for donations before they can travel. The group says the donations are forced. The university says they are optional.

The Legacy of Fatema Mernissi, Moroccan Feminist and Scholar

Ursula Lindsey / 21 Jan 2016 / News

Sociologist Fatema Mernissi published ground-breaking, wide-ranging scholarship that influenced a generation of Arab feminists.

The Door for Many Middle East Scholars is Slamming Shut

Ursula Lindsey / 27 Oct 2015 / News

Scholars in the Arab region have always had to tiptoe around regime “red lines.” Now they say the situation is worse.