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.

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.

Academic Freedom in Egypt Needs More Vocal Support

Mohamed Abdel Salam / 07 Feb 2017 / Opinion

A writer calls for a unified approach to support academic freedom in Egypt.

University of Mosul President Looks to a Post-Da’esh Future

Edward Fox / 19 Jan 2017 / Opinion

Obay al-Dewachi has kept Mosul’s university running in exile and represents the resilience of the city’s people.

A Conversation With a Scholar Who Has Been Sentenced to Death

Burton Bollag / 19 Jun 2016 / Opinion

Emad Shahin, a political scientist in exile from the American University of Cairo, talks about the lack of academic freedom in his home country of Egypt.