With the Pope in Egypt, Debate on Al-Azhar’s Role

Ursula Lindsey / 25 Apr 2017 / Opinion

In the wake of Coptic church bombings, educators are reflecting on what role universities, including Al-Azhar, the beacon of Sunni Islam, might have in teaching tolerance—or intolerance.

You Can Combine Motherhood and Study

Ahlam Mustafa / 21 Apr 2017 / Opinion

A Ph.D. candidate and mother of two young children says reaching her academic goal has been difficult but it can be done.

Moroccan Academic Plays Matchmaker Between Books and Readers

Ursula Lindsey / 19 Apr 2017 / Opinion

A retired professor hunts down books published in Morocco and makes them available to a wider audience. His challenges reflect the wider problems of Arab publishing.

Egyptian Universities Abuse Disciplinary Codes to Squeeze Student Freedoms

Mahmoud Shalabi / 14 Apr 2017 / Opinion

Egyptian universities are meting out punishments that far outweigh student infractions in an apparent attempt to keep a tight lid on student activism, the author says.

Unfriendly U.S. Policies Threaten Arab Student Flows

Dean Hoke / 13 Apr 2017 / Opinion

Travel bans and negative rhetoric have fueled concern for Arab overseas students, and U.S. institutions stand to lose more than revenue.

Traveling With The Respect You Deserve

Maha Bali / 07 Apr 2017 / Opinion

An Egyptian academic reflects on how people react to her when she travels and on the latest indignity, the U.K. and U.S. laptop ban.

UAE Jails Economist: The Silence is Deafening

Ursula Lindsey / 05 Apr 2017 / Opinion

A court has sentenced economist and human rights advocate, Nasser Bin Ghaith, to ten years in jail over his Tweets. The “bubble universities” are quiet.

Three Different Academic Experiences: Which Is the Best?

Ahlam Mustafa / 21 Mar 2017 / Opinion

The writer compares her experience of three different academic systems in three different countries.

Can Extremism Be Fought In the Classroom?

Ursula Lindsey / 21 Mar 2017 / Opinion

An author investigates the link between how Islam is taught and the radicalization of youth in Morocco.

A Door Opens, But I Can’t Enter Yet

Asma' Jawabreh / 21 Mar 2017 / Opinion

Asma Jawabreh has been admitted to four U.K. universities to study for a master’s degree, but one difficult barrier remains.