News and Analysis (5/16/12)

Having badly hurt its chances to defeat Amr Moussa by splitting votes with expelled candidate Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, the FJP desperately tries to widen its base with a swing to the right to collect votes that would have gobe to the disqualified Nour party candidate:

Using the power of the market to reject Westernization, ” Islamists engage in consumer activism as a way to “moralize the market” and embrace products (like gender-segregated resorts and alcohol-free perfumes) that reflect their values”:

“Correspondents say the move is a blow to reconciliation efforts with Hamas, the Islamist group which governs Gaza”:

Majid Nawaz, who abandoned Hizb ut-Tahrir to found an anti-extremist group, denounced the notion of “implementation of the Sharia” as”politically naive,” because “when imposing Sharia, a society chooses a particular interpretation of Islam and closes the door on ijtehad. ‘Islam must be kept free of political interference,’ he said”:

“We are conscious that we have not allowed our womenfolk to get their due, as mandated by Islam in India, allowing a lot of backward traditions to corrupt what is rightly the due of our sisters, daughters, mothers and wives” — Mahmood Madani, leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind — “which runs the largest number of madrasas in the country”:

The struggle over this shrine in Zlitan … is the story of Libya as it struggles to re-shape itself after Gaddafi’s rule. It is the story of the battle for the right to define what it means to be a Muslim in Libya, of theological arguments being settled by weapons, and of an interim government that is so weak that it cannot impose its authority over opposing factions”:

“At one point, Mladic responded to a defiant gesture from a spectator by drawing a finger across his throat in a slitting gesture, prompting censure from Presiding Judge Alphons Orie for “inappropriate interactions” with those watching the proceedings”:

“Now that Socialist Francois Hollande has replaced the conservative Sarkozy as France’s president, Turkey hopes he will be more sympathetic to the candidacy of a country that has one of the world’s fastest growing economies and is becoming a regional diplomatic player”:

Iran and the U.S. begin in a race to arm Syria:

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