News and Analysis (6/9/16)

Having achieved the original goals of political Islam to end Tunisian “dictatorship and … the French variant of secularism in which expressions of religious identity are discouraged, if not outlawed, in public”, Ghannouchi says Ennahda now seeks “individual liberty“:

“About 14,000 people are expected for the service Thursday in Louisville, Kentucky, which will be broadcast on TV and streamed live online…. U.S. Muslims hope the service for the Kentucky native will help underscore that Islam, so much under attack … is fully part of American life”:

Rumi is “now the best-selling poet in the United States. ‘Raise your words, not voice’ Rumi teaches us. ‘It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder….’ But casting Leonardo DiCaprio may not be the best way to challenge stereotypical portrayals of Muslims.”:

The self-described “agnostic ex-Catholic” filmmaker says, “I got more out of doing this project than any other I’ve done. I was touched by the honesty and beauty of every individual I interviewed and the outpouring of support from the film community”:

To fight Islamophobia the “wife of this year’s Gold Logie winner … tweeted that she would donate $1 to charity for ‘each hate-filled tweet I get from trolls’…. So far, she’s donated about $4000 to UNICEF, along with the message: The needy children thank you, haters!'”:

“A police [said] that the incident, which took place in mid-May, had been largely resolved. But the question as such probably lives on for many, because it’s a very small issue that is incredibly huge, or a huge issue that is very small, depending on where you are on your life journey”:

“We’re very confused and baffled by what’s going on because those who know Homa either personally or through her academic work know she’s … someone who’s incredibly even-handed and balance. She’s not political. She’s not an activist”:

“If the advances are sustained, they could dislodge Islamic State from its most important base outside the Middle East and provide a boost to the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord”:

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