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Academic Freedom

Academic freedom in the Arab world has been increasingly undermined and strained. Individually and collectively, the freedom to access, create and share knowledge to serve communities through research, documentation, discussion and creativity faces the challenges of censorship and heavy state interference. 

Academic freedom doesn’t sit alone in societies but is part of the broader freedoms of expression exercised by artists, journalists, writers, and the public at large. Al-Fanar Media believes in the importance of researchers’ and academics’ personal autonomy and independence, as well as the significance of free speech and critical debate. We report on infringements of academic freedom in the Middle East and North Africa, the interference in the management of higher education institutions, the arrests of researchers, university staff and students. We also cover the efforts that governments and institutions are doing to preserve the right to academic freedom. 

We hope through our articles to keep the discussion around academic freedom in the MENA region alive, to contribute to the reduction of censorship in higher education institutions and research. 

Below are a series of articles and stories around the subject of academic freedom in the Arab world.

Academic Freedom Extremism Politics Religion

Don’t Tell Immigration You are Studying Islam

| 27 Jun 2013

A scholar studying Muslim-Christian relations had an unsettling experience as he returned home from his studies.

Academic Freedom Conflict Refugees Students

Syria’s Lost Generation

| 25 Jun 2013

University students interviewed in the largest Syrian refugee camp in Jordan reveal the nonviolent roots of the uprising.

Academic Freedom Conflict Faculty Politics

Tunisian Dean Acquitted: More Conflict Likely

Fatma Shim | 06 May 2013

A Tunisian court has acquitted a university dean of assaulting a veiled female student. But the wider conflict about veils in Tunisian university classrooms will continue.

Academic Freedom Faculty Politics

Egyptian Court Supports Universities’ Independence

Mohamed Mahmoud | 05 Apr 2013

A federal court has struck down the right of the Egyptian education ministry to enforce twice-a-year evaluations on University of Alexandria professors. Opponents of the evaluations said the government should not be interfering in such university matters. Now professors at other Egyptian universities may seek similar rulings.

Academic Freedom Administration Human Rights Politics

‘The University Space Must Be Safe’

Fatma Shim | 12 Mar 2013

Higher-education leaders have rallied around the University of Manouba, which has been the subject of Salafist attacks.

Academic Freedom Refugees Students Study Abroad

Syrian Students: Stranded Outside, Trapped Inside

Janelle Dumalaon, Louise Osborne, Ruby Russel | 04 Mar 2013

Syrian students outside their country are cut off from financial support and pulled into political conflicts. Inside Syria, even students who win scholarships can’t get visas.

Academic Freedom Human Rights

Dwindling Academic Freedom in the Emirates

Sarah Lynch | 03 Mar 2013

The Emirates aspire to be a cultural and academic hub. But critics say that shrinking rights of expression contradict that goal.

Academic Freedom Faculty Liberal Arts Publishing

Why I Didn’t Go to Dubai

Khaled Fahmy | 25 Feb 2013

Khaled Fahmy argues that the lack of understanding of the nature and value of a liberal education poses the gravest danger to Arab education.




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