News and Analysis (11/13/13)

“Mohammed Ahmed Mohamed’s escape was an embarrassment. The alleged torture and rendition that came before it might just be a major scandal” involving issues of rendition and torture:

“Much of what is followed today is the interpretation of a group of scholars dating back hundreds of years, rather than the literal teachings of God. The Qur’an is a complex and dense book, … [and] there are some interesting and brave attempts by female scholars to challenge accepted wisdoms not by deviating from the Qur’an, but by returning to it”:

Islamic scholars need to understand American culture before they judge it. In the words of the 14th century jurist, Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya, “[I]t is imperative that (the scholar) understands … [a people’s] cultural traditions and their habits because fatwa (religious rulings) change with the changing of time, place, culture and condition”:

The Muslim Brotherhood may be “authoritarian, arrogant and most of all, incompetent” but its “political rivals (mainly liberal and left-wing parties and organisations) are no less so. The only difference lies in the fact that the latter groups do not have a true popular constituency to begin with, and do not pose – at least for the time being – any serious challenge to the authoritarian state” …

… and the desperately needed reforms “in three sectors: the security establishment, the economy and the judiciary” are  likely t continue to be ignored …

… despite an ending of the state of emergency …

… as evidenced by the police indifference to the kidnapping of Christians …

… and continuing clashes:

“The Islamic Community of Kosovo said in a statement Wednesday that fighting in Syria “has nothing to do with religious principles” and it only prolongs the life President Bashar Assad’s government and the suffering of Syrian people”:

“How is it possible that all those who were telling me about jihad are now playing with their children and live free, with their wives, while I have not seen my child for months?” the 24-year-old whose 18 years jail sentence was annulled pending a retrial asks of the Bosnian Wahhabis whom he blames for his radicalization:

The Palestinian negotiating team resigns, even as Netanyahu’s determination to insure war with Iran exceeds his rush to steal land from the Palestinians:

“[W]hile Russia put the blame for the nuclear talks’ failure on an unnamed Western nation, its experts say a diplomatic solution for Iran’s nuclear ambitions remains likely” …

… as focus turns to “the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty … which says that its 190 signatories (of which Iran is one) have an “inalienable right … to develop, research, production and use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes'”:

 

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