Lessons from the Egyptian Revolution

February 12, 2014

Egyptians psychologically need a strong national institution. Two sayings often come to my mind when I think about the Egyptian revolution these days. The first is attributed to Prophet Mohammed: "khayr al-amur al-wasat" (the best path is the middle one). The second is attributed to James...

The Deeper Social Meaning of the Muslim Brotherhood (Part 2/2)

October 10, 2013

Popular checks will make a comeback in Egypt. This is the last of a two part series. Read part one here. The brief history of the Muslim Brotherhood discussed in part one, gives us some context as we try to understand Egyptians’ feelings as they took to the streets on June 30. I was in...

The Deeper Social Meaning of the Muslim Brotherhood (Part 1/2)

October 08, 2013

Popular checks will make a comeback in Egypt. This is the first of a two part series. Enough time has passed since the June 30 revolution against Mohammed Morsi’s regime, which brought millions of Egyptians to the street to call for the removal of their first elected president. Many of these...

Observing the Possibility of Scottish Independence

May 26, 2013

Sarah Eltantawi suggests that the debate on Scottish independence can provide useful insights for the Arab world. Those with attention turned habitually elsewhere in the world may not know the details of the Acts of Union of 1707, unifying Scotland and England. These acts, passed under the...

Fair Observer: Best of the Month

April 29, 2013

Fair Observer's five best articles of April. It is already the end of April and 2013 is speeding up fast. Boston has suffered the tragedy of a bombing, Italy finally has a government, New Zealand and France have legalized gay marriage, Syria continues to implode, and the North Korean drama...