Ms. Amal Alamuddin comes from a Druze background. The Druze started out as a medieval off-shoot of the Ismaili sect of Shi’ism.
Articles tagged “egypt”
The assault on museums and libraries sadly has far too frequent echoes: from the destruction of the Iraqi national museum, from the Serbian assault on Sarajevo’s library, and from the Islamist attack on manuscript collections in Mali. This is a hatred of arts, of beauty, of knowledge, of our collective human wisdom.
2013 was a bloody, difficult, unraveling year for many Muslims around the world. May 2014 be a year that sees the discomforted comforted, the orphans cared for, the hungry fed, the naked clothed, the homeless provided with shelter. May there be a widening of the circle of compassion, may there be a real peace rooted in justice, and above all else, may all of us be participants in making it so.
Horrific accounts are emerging from a chemical attack on the outskirts of Damascus (Syria) which if true would mark one of the worst chemical weapon assaults since Saddam Hussein’s assault in 1983.
Bassem Youssef, “The Egyptian Jon Stewart”, has a column in which he takes to task the unfolding Egyptian Revolution/Coup for engaging in some of the same modalities of oppression and censorship that they have critiqued in the Muslim Brotherhood. Youssef’s note still marks the type of political maturity grounded in humanitarian outlook and self-critique that will eventually be part of what will deliver Egypt—and America—to the promised land of political equality.
What is perhaps most frustrating about the NY Times’ “mental deficiency” language vis-a-vis Muslims and democracy is that this language is simply a continuation of a colonial apologia where Western countries colonizing and occupying, Muslim (and other) countries justified their lingering oppression by stating that these countries “were not ready to rule themselves”, “lacked the mental qualifications needed for self-governance”, etc. This colonial—which is to say, unjust and oppressive—worldview must be exposed and dismantled before we can embrace a more holistic and humanistic paradigm.