Hatoon al Fassi, a Saudi scholar, has provoked controversy in Qatar for arguing that the Koran, correctly interpreted, supports the empowerment of women.
The Academic Freedom Monitoring Report, a project of Scholars at Risk, has highlighted Egypt, especially the bans there that prevent professors from traveling.
In the latest blow to Egypt’s academic freedom, a private university destroyed some architecture students’ projects and fired a professor.
Academics at Turkish universities, once among the most international in the region, face a travel ban and forced resignations.
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.
Religious conservatives are using accusations of atheism and other tactics to try to silence Tunisian academics.
Photo and video social-media channels are on the rise in the Arab region, but users are still worried about their freedom.
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.
Sociologist Fatema Mernissi published ground-breaking, wide-ranging scholarship that influenced a generation of Arab feminists.
Scholars in the Arab region have always had to tiptoe around regime “red lines.” Now they say the situation is worse.