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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

NYU Professor Blocked From Traveling to UAE

Benjamin Plackett | 17 Mar 2015

A consistent critic of the NYU Abu Dhabi campus who was planning on interviewing laborers was not permitted to board a flight.

Academic Freedom Curriculum Faculty Publishing

Qatar Inspires a Writing Instructor Despite Censorship

Ursula Lindsey | 02 Feb 2015

An American writing instructor 
has helped start a literary 
community in Qatar. But last year her own novel was banned there.

Academic Freedom Conflict Curriculum Human Rights

The Islamic State’s Plan for Universities

Gilgamesh Nabeel | 25 Nov 2014

Students and professors at the University of Mosul, in Iraq, are discovering the Islamic State’s higher-education philosophy.

Academic Freedom Administration Faculty Profiles

A Conversation With an Advocate For Academic Freedom

Sarah Lynch | 18 Nov 2014

The president of Koç University in Turkey believes in hiring the best faculty members and then getting out of their way.

Academic Freedom Conflict

Egypt’s Universities Expected Trouble. They Got It

| 17 Oct 2014

The academic year is off to a rough start in Egypt, with arrests, protests, injuries, and long waits in security lines.

Academic Freedom Campus Security Protests

Egypt’s Universities Step Up Security to Avoid Unrest

| 30 Sep 2014

In preparation for the academic year, Egyptian public universities are tightening physical security at their campuses.

Academic Freedom Campus Security Protests

Egypt’s Universities Step Up Security to Avoid Unrest

| 28 Sep 2014

In preparation for the academic year, Egyptian public universities are tightening physical security at their campuses.

Academic Freedom Administration Campus Security Protests

What is the Outlook for the Academic Year in Egypt?

Ahmed Abd Rabou | 28 Sep 2014

The new academic year brings more anxiety for Egyptian professors and students facing an uncertain future.

Academic Freedom Conflict Extremism Human Rights Students

What Education Is Like Under the Islamic State

Gilgamesh Nabeel | 14 Sep 2014

As the Islamic State tightens its grip on Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, it is revealing its approach to teaching and the curriculum.

Academic Freedom Administration Politics

The Man in Cairo University’s Hot Seat

Mohamed Elmeshad | 12 Sep 2014

The president of one of the largest universities in the world came into power during one of the institution’s most difficult times.




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