Academics support the initiative launched from an Israeli prison by the Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar.
Public university professors are electing independent unions to replace the former government-appointed ones. But some are unhappy that the bodies depend on government funding.
Shafeeq Ghabra chose research and teaching over military, diplomatic and administrative work. His writing sustains him now.
The group, launched by professors two years ago, lobbies governments and fellow academics to defend their homeland’s cause abroad.
Academic freedom has been both neglected and misused in the Arab world, says a Tunisian academic. He offers ideas for making it more vital.
An Egyptian scholar who studied Jewish history in an Arab society found self-censorship a difficult trap to escape.
In a collective act of self-censorship, many academics today willingly cede the university’s unconditional freedom to investigate all ideas.
Professors in Algeria have learned that it’s best to endorse the conventional wisdom and not ask new questions, a scholar says.
A new book argues that Arab social scientists limit their teaching and research through self-censorship, producing a “knowledge void.”