Tagged with Sufism

Is Sufism the Answer to Extremism in Egypt?

Is Sufism the Answer to Extremism in Egypt?

This article was first published at al-Monitor. If the Egyptian government wants to combat the spread of radical religious ideology, it would do well to return to its Muslim roots. At a conference held at the headquarters of the Azamiyah Order in Cairo on April 21, which Al-Monitor attended, presenters argued that Sufi Islam is the … Continue reading

A Sufi Sheikh and the Fine Line of anti-Semitism

A Sufi Sheikh and the Fine Line of anti-Semitism

From my article at Arab West Report, from before Egyptian presidential elections but pertinent now with the escalation in Gaza: Arab West Report, Editor-in-Chief Cornelis Hulsman recently highlighted the mutual recourse to anti-Semitic accusations on the part of both opponents and supporters of the current government. He referenced research complied by MEMRI, in which General … Continue reading

Brief Portraits of Egyptian Atheism

Brief Portraits of Egyptian Atheism

From Egypt Independent, on a very taboo subject in which some have given their full name and testimony: Those who have come out publicly as atheists have been not only isolated by their friends and families, but also society in general. However, others who turn down their familial religion have faced many worse trials than … Continue reading