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Confusing Democracy with Terrorism: A Region in Transition
John L. Esposito
11/22/14
The Islamic Monthly
The euphoria and promise of the “Arab Uprising” or “Arab Spring” have given way to what many refer to as “Arab Winter” rather than a “Arab Spring”. 

Muslim Movement Accepts Once-Taboo Causes  by Gillian Flaccus 
Yvonne Haddad
8/2/14
ABCNews
A small but growing number of American Muslims are challenging the long-standing interpretations of Islam that defined their parents' world.

Iraq's Disintegration Would be Contagious and Destabilizing
Shireen T. Hunter
7/15/14
Payvan Iran News
When the Soviet Union fell in 1991, there was hope that a main barrier to implementing the principles enshrined in the United Nations Charter and creating a more law-based international system and order had been removed, offering the chance that states, both great and small, would endeavor to organize their relations on the basis of law and principle and not sheer power and ambition.

What Iran Wants in Iraq and Why
Shireen T. Hunter
6/23/14
Payvan Iran News
For some time, the problems of Iraq and indeed of all of the Middle East have been blamed on Iran for its interference and meddling, especially for exporting its ideology and attempting to establish hegemony over the region.

The Real Causes of Iraq's Problems
Shireen T. Hunter
6/16/14
Payvan Iran News
​The beleaguered Prime Minister of Iraq, Nouri al-Maliki, is the latest in the long list of the West’s favorite political leaders turned into pariahs.

2013 AAR Presidential Address: Islam in the Public Square  
John L. Esposito
03/14
Journal of the American Academy of Religion
The study of world religions and the role of religion in politics and the public square have been transformed by the globalization of communications and travel

Jihad: Holy or Unholy War? 
John L. Esposito
02/24/14
ExcelHonour
The concept and practice of jihad have been critical in the history of Islam.

Egypt: A new banana republic?
John L. Esposito
08/25/13
Al Jazeera English
The military-led removal of Mohamed Morsi belies free and fair elections, rule of law and human rights.

Mubarak Redux: Egypt's Military Coup Unmasked
John L. Esposito
07/25/13
Huffington Post
The Arab Spring with uprisings that signaled a desire for a new way forward, an overthrow of the established order in many Arab countries of authoritarian governments, and a struggle to establish a new kind of democracy, has now officially become an...

Living in denial: US policy & Egypt’s military coup
John L. Esposito
07/15/13
Al Jazeera English
The US must acknowledge that the overthrow of an elected government, replaced by military-appointed officials, is a coup.

Law & Order Under Egypt's 'Democratic Coup'?
John L. Esposito & John O. Voll
07/10/13
Huffington Post
The killing of 51 unarmed supporters of the MB at prayer by the military on July 7 raises serious questions about the future of Egypt's "coup for democracy."

Egypt's Coup: Is it Déjà vu All Over Again?
John L. Esposito
07/04/13
Huffington Post
Will the scenes of tens of thousands celebrating in Tahrir Square today prove a pyrrhic victory for Egypt's experiment with democracy? What are the lessons that must be learned in moving forward?

New Threat to Egyptian Democracy
John L. Esposito
06/20/13
Huffington Post
The calls for mass mobilization on June 30th threaten the democratic process and its future in Egypt.

Tony Blair misreads Muslim terrorism
John L. Esposito
06/05/13
Washington Post
The Boston Marathon bombings (April 15, 2013) and the Woolwich, UK attack and murder (May 22, 2013) are grim reminders not only of the continued threat from militant religious extremists but also of the need and importance for political and religious lead

Egypt: Difficult Challenge For US Policymakers Post-Arab Spring
John L. Esposito
06/01/13
The Middle East Monitor
Like a political tsunami uprisings swept across much of the Arab world, toppling in rapid succession the entrenched autocratic regimes of Zeinul Abedin Ben Ali in Tunisia, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Muammar Qaddafi in Libya and Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen.

Egypt: Difficult Challenge For US Policymakers Post-Arab Spring
John L. Esposito
06/01/13
The Middle East Monitor
Like a political tsunami uprisings swept across much of the Arab world, toppling in rapid succession the entrenched autocratic regimes of Zeinul Abedin Ben Ali in Tunisia, Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, Muammar Qaddafi in Libya and Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen.

'Francis, Rebuild My Church': Will Pope Francis Heed the Call?
John L. Esposito
04/04/13
The Huffington Post
While no one knows what the future will bring, Pope Francis has hit the ground running in projecting the spirit, image and personality that may well make him a much-needed, though at times controversial, bridge within Catholicism

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Lawmaker Appeals From Hospital for World to Save Yezidis
Featuring John L. Esposito
8/15/2104
Bloomberg
Vian Dakheel grabbed the world’s attention with her urgent appeals at Iraq’s parliament to prevent a genocide of her people.

Esposito to assess globalization’s impact on Islam
Featuring John L. Esposito
8/14/2013
The Chautauqua Daily
Religion is like rock ‘n’ roll, said John Esposito — it’s here to stay.

Misquoting Muhammad: The Challenge and Choices of Interpreting the Prophet’s Legacy by Jonathan AC Brown 
Featuring Jonathan A.C. Brown
8/10/2014
The Sunday Times UK

Yezidis Aided by Obama Have Long History of Persecution in Iraq
Featuring John L. Esposito
8/7/14
Business Week
The Iraqi mountain community that President Barack Obama is racing to defend is numbered in the tens or hundreds of thousands, with roots in the 12th century and a history of persecution.

ISIS Declaration Of Islamic Caliphate May Fail To Gain Legitimacy
Featuring John L. Esposito
6/30/14
International Business Times
The leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria says his group has achieved its goal of establishing a caliphate, an Islamic state run according to Shariah law.

What Is A Caliphate? ISIS Declaration Raises Questions
Featuring John L. Esposito
6/30/14
Huffington Post
The militant group Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), also known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), has declared that it is restoring the Islamic Caliphate, renaming itself as simply the Islamic State (IS) and naming leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi as Caliph.

Q&A with Islamic studies scholar John L. Esposito
Featuring John L. Esposito
4/12/14
Oklahoma News
Islamic studies scholar John L. Esposito, a recent keynote speaker for an Oklahoma City event, discusses his career and interest in Islamic studies.

Woman Rights In Islam
Featuring Yvonne Haddad
4/3/14
Iraqi Cultural Center Youtube Channel

Containing Iran Helps Putin's Russia
Featuring Shireen T. Hunter
3/26/14
Payvand Iran NewsNot long after the outbreak of the crisis over Ukraine and Crimea, many observers began asking the following question: what impact could renewed Russo-Western tensions have on the fate of the ongoing negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program?

Pakistan strains Iran's patience
Featuring Shireen T. Hunter
2/28/14
Asia Times Online
On February 6, five border guards in Iran's southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan were abducted by the terrorist group Jaish al-Adl (the Army of Justice).

Will Turkey become the new Pakistan? featuring John L. Esposito
Can Erimtan
02/21/14
Russian RT News
As Turkey is now slowly approaching the first centenary of the Republic's foundation on 29 October 1923, some critics appear to fear that the country has assumed an outlook most incongruous with the legacy of Atatürk.

Islamists Have Failed to Deliver featuring John L. Esposito
Parvez Ahmed
01/03/14
the Huffington Post
The military coup against the duly elected government of Egypt was without doubt a blow to democracy.

Islamic Calendar 2013 in Toronto Closed by Ummah Identity Crises Conference featuring John L. Esposito
Tahir Gora
12/31/13
The Huffington Post Canada
The year 2013 in Toronto closed by a high profile Islamic event called "Reviving the Islamic Spirit Conference - RIS".

The U.S. Cannot Provide Absolute Security for Its Middle East Allies
Shireen T. Hunter
12/16/13
the Huffington Post
The signing of the interim agreement between Iran and the 5+1 countries over Iran's nuclear program produced a very slight and, lately, dimming glimmer of hope that a process of r econciliation between Iran and the U.S. can begin sometime in the future.

The US-Iran Deal Could Lead to a More Stable Middle East and South-West Asia
Shireen T. Hunter
12/03/13
the Huffington Post
In all the commentary about the reasons why the U.S. and Iran succeeded in reaching an agreement, albeit interim, on Iran's nuclear program, the main reason has been ignored.

Islamist Gate: Interview with Professor John L. Esposito
Islamist Gate Staff
10/01/13
Islamist Gate
Islamist Gate conducted an email interview with world-renowned scholar Professor John L. Esposito.

Book Announcement: The Oxford Handbook of Islam and Politics
Edited by John L. Esposito and Emad El-Din Shahin
09/18/13
Oxford University Press
Provides a comprehensive analysis of what we know and where we are in the study of political Islam

Esposito slams Islamophobia in Egypt
09/12/13
World Bulletin
Prof. John L. Esposito criticized those who avoid questioning the legitimacy of the Egyptian coup out of fear of an Islamist government.

For Arab World's Christians, An Uncertain Fate
08/25/13
NPR
As Egypt plunges into unrest amid the military-backed government's crackdown on demonstrators, the country's Christian minority has been targeted by Islamic extremists.

Al-Jazeera America faces steep climb among U.S. viewers
Brian Pello
08/21/13
Religion News Service
Al-Jazeera and America, two name brands often at odds since 9/11, were wed as one on Tuesday (Aug. 20) when the Qatar-based media network began broadcasting its U.S. news channel Al-Jazeera America from New York.

Newshour: The Latinos turning to Islam
Featuring John L. Esposito
08/21/13
BBC World Service Radio
With more than 50 million hispanics living in the US, the Latino community is now the country's biggest minority.

Updated: Experts reflect on Egypt's turmoil
Featuring John L. Esposito
08/16/13
Aljazeera English
A cross section of Middle East analysts discuss the implications of the latest wave of violence in Egypt.

PBS series ‘Life of Muhammad’ explores diverse opinions of prophet
Menachem Wecker
08/15/13
Religion News Service
The portrait of the Muslim prophet, which emerges from a PBS documentary “Life of Muhammad,” may surprise some American viewers.

Politics fuels a rising sectarian fire
Featuring Shireen T. Hunter
08/07/13
Asia Times Online
In the last few years, there has been a sharp rise in sectarian conflicts involving Sunni and Shi'ite Muslims in the Middle East.

“The Future of Political Islam in Egypt Post-Morsi”
Featuring Jonathan A.C. Brown
08/05/13
C-SPAN
Experts in religion, Islam, and trans-Atlantic relations talked the future of Egypt following the military’s removal of President Morsi.

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