A Geographer’s Bold Proposal: Borders Are a Mistake

Edward Fox / 15 Jan 2018 / Opinion

Hard borders between countries, an author argues, are not the norm in history, and create more problems than they solve.

‘Bad’ Arab Women: The Power of a Label

Ursula Lindsey / 02 Jan 2018 / Opinion

A new anthology looks at the stigma that attaches to women who challenge the status quo.

Tariq Ramadan and the ‘Muslim Exception’

Ursula Lindsey / 29 Nov 2017 / Opinion

The political frenzy over accusations of rape against a prominent Islamic scholar obscures the need for more women to feel free to speak out against abuse.

With Mass Arrests, Saudi Arabia Silences Independent Voices

Ursula Lindsey / 25 Sep 2017 / Opinion

The detainees include scholars, preachers and public intellectuals from across the ideological spectrum.

How Egypt Could Better Serve Students With Disabilities

Mahmoud Shalabi / 22 Sep 2017 / Opinion

A scholar calls for the adoption of fair admission policies at the nation’s public universities for people with disabilities.

Can Arab Artists Survive?

David Wheeler / 18 Jul 2017 / Opinion

A symposium at the British museum explored how Arab artists are coping as the room they have for expressing themselves dwindles.

Some Gains, Many Sacrifices: Women’s Rights in Tunisia

Ursula Lindsey / 10 Jul 2017 / Opinion

Since the country’s independence, the position of women has been a point of both pride and controversy.

In Egypt, Harsh Measures Against Academic Freedom Persist

Mohamed Abdel Salam / 23 May 2017 / Opinion

A prominent group of human rights lawyers reports on severe restrictions on academic freedom in the first quarter of 2017.

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.

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.