News and Analysis (3/26/08)

As the Egyptian state postpones the verdicts of 40 Muslim Brotherhood members for a second time, analysts point to a trend of arrests deliberately targeting the group’s moderates:

Islamabad’s democratically elected government tells Washington it seeks a more independent and holistic approach to domestic counterterrorism, while Pakistan’s army removes another two high-level Musharraf loyalists from key posts:

Muslim scholar involved in high-level discussions with the Vatican denounces the highly publicized conversion of a Muslim to Catholicism, but says dialogs with the Holy See will continue as planned, while Jewish, Christian and Muslim leaders respond warmly to King Abdullah’s call for interfaith discussions:

Although its legal system is far from fully implementing Islamic principles of justice and fairness, Saudi Arabia creeps toward these goals with the creation of a human rights commission and discussions with human rights organizations:

Well-intentioned, but misguided state-run policy to “empower” Muslim women fails to tackle issues of social discrimination and comes off as patronizing:

“The wisdom of the Framers ensures that some of the excesses of Europe – in both directions – [to accommodate Muslim religious practices] won’t be replicated here” – Ruth Marcus, Washington Post columnist


Alejandro Beutel is program assistant for the Minaret of Freedom Institute with expertise in religious freedom, democratization and security issues.






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