Ursula Lindsey has been the Middle East correspondent for The Chronicle of Higher Education since 2010. She was based in Cairo, Egypt from 2012 to 2014, and now lives in Rabat, Morocco. She writes about education, media, culture and politics in the Arab world.
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.
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.
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.
Sultan Sooud Al-Qassemi, art enthusiast and Arab-affairs commentator, sees the burgeoning Arab art scene as a way to bring fresh insights to stale discussions.
An author investigates the link between how Islam is taught and the radicalization of youth in Morocco.
Hatoon al Fassi, a Saudi scholar, has provoked controversy in Qatar for arguing that the Koran, correctly interpreted, supports the empowerment of women.
What makes an activist, a Tunisian researcher asks.
Morocco’s national book fair has a cosmopolitan feel, offering discussions, events and important new publications.
Grassroots and government initiatives hope to spread a culture of reading in the Arab region.
The president’s executive order has provoked criticism from U.S. academics, but little debate in the Arab world.