News and Analysis (2/10/13)

With violence appearing, secularists deserting the ruling coalition, the Ennahda Party at odds with its own PM, and no draft constitution in place, Tunisia is unprepared for the June elections, leaving the success of the most encouraging case of Arab spring transition to democratic liberal Islamic government in doubt:

Some Muslim women “feel ambivalent about the term ‘feminism’ even while they may dedicate their lives to gender equality” but one activist considers “Muslim feminist” to be a “redundant term” that is itself “the construct of patriarchy”:

The fashion designer and modelling agent doesn’t want “anyone who’s not strong enough to handle this industry.” One of her recruits explains her eagerness to vanquish the stereotype “that Muslim women can’t work or go to school or dress fashionably,” adding, “This is a positive religion”:

Some “theater colleagues suggested after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, that maybe he would be wise to change his name. He refused. ‘The name Mujahid means someone who strives to live in the way of God,’ he said. “'[a]nd, yes, it means holy warrior, too. But if you ask me, that means fighting the good fight” like “[i]f you see a hungry person and feed him”:

Local police deny censorship, but “Greater Kashmir, English language newspaper, said on its website that police went to the printing presses of most local newspapers and asked managers not to publish Sunday editions” and “the editor of another English daily, Kashmir Reader, said that his paper published Sunday’s edition, but that police seized the copies”:

“Egypt’s new constitution includes a ban on insulting ‘religious messengers and prophets’” but “similar orders to censor pornographic websites deemed offensive have not been enforced in Egypt because of high costs” and “rights activists say the ministry of communications and information technology has appeared unwilling to enforce such bans”:

Notwithstanding the hiring of two Chechnyan players that led to the arson, Beitar Jerusalem is still “the only leading club in Israel never to have signed Arab players because of pressure from fans”:






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