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Abdullah Al-Arian

Critical Currents in Islam Page Co-Editor

Islam, Muslims, and the Trump World Order

[No Muslim Ban 2, Washington, DC USA. Taken on February 4, 2017 by Ted Eytan and uploaded via Flickr ]

As Muslim communities in the United States and around the world confront the terrifying prospects that a Donald Trump presidency holds for their lives and liberties, a long-simmering conflict within the American political establishment has reached its boiling point. Recent policy debates surrounding the ban on Muslim immigration and the proposed designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization mask a deeper struggle over the enduring practices of a political ...

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New Texts Out Now: Abdullah Al-Arian, Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat’s Egypt

[Cover of Abdullah Al-Arian,

Abdullah Al-Arian, Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat’s Egypt. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Abdullah Al-Arian (AA): I began the intellectual journey toward this book over a decade ago. As an undergraduate student, I witnessed how the events of 11 September 2001 rapidly deteriorated the tenor of the discourse within the United States on the relationship between Islam and society in the ...

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The Terror Metanarrative and the Rabaa Massacre

[Image of the violent dispersal of Rabaa al-Adawiya taken on 14 August 2013. Image by Amsg07/Wikimedia Commons.]

Just after dawn prayers on the morning of 14 August 2013, Egyptian security forces raided a large sit-in based at Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiyya Square and another at al-Nahda Square. Six weeks earlier, military leader and Minister of Defense Abdel Fattah al-Sisi staged a coup to remove Egypt’s first democratically elected president, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi, from office. In response, hundreds of thousands of Egyptians across the country congregated in public spaces ...

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The Informants: Manufacturing Terror

[Image of City University students protesting the arrest of Brooklyn College students, and the FBI’s harassment of Muslim and dissident students and faculty. Image by Michael Fleshman/Flickr.]

On the surface, the scene unfolds without any hint of intrigue. A young Muslim convert named Darren Griffin meets fellow congregants at a local mosque in northwest Ohio. In addition to sharing the same faith as his new friends, they enjoy similar interests: watching sports, playing video games, working out at the local gym, and discussing international affairs. Except the scene ends tragically with a string of arrests, a national media frenzy, and self-congratulation among ...

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Essential Readings: The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood

[In this 16 January 2010 picture, Muslim Brotherhood former supreme guide Mohammed Mahdi Akef (left) and senior member Essam al-Erian (second left) gesture during a press conference in Cairo Egypt under a billboard showing the group's founder Hassan al-Banna (top right) and its supreme guides. Arabic reads “The Muslim Brotherhood.” Image by Amr Nabil via Associated Press.]

For all the press attention it has received over the last two decades and especially since the 25 January uprising that overthrew Egypt’s longstanding ruler, there has been comparatively little rigorous scholarship on the Society of the Muslim Brothers of Egypt. This is partly a consequence of the fact that the research of historians and political scientists who specialize in the Middle East has tended to be state-centric in the examination of forces that shaped modern ...

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The Brotherhood After 30 June: An Interview with the FJP’s Abdel Mawgoud al-Dardery

[Abdel Mawgoud al-Dardery]

Abdel Mawgoud al-Dardery describes himself as “an academician by profession and a politician by necessity.” He received his doctorate in cultural studies from the University of Pittsburg in 2000. He wrote his dissertation on the historical conflict between Eurocentrism and Islamism. Soon after returning to Egypt, he joined the faculty at Southern Valley University near his native Luxor. Following the 25 January uprising, Dardery joined the Muslim Brotherhood’s newly ...

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The Strong Egypt Party, the Constitutional Decree, and Gaza: An Interview with Abdel Moneim Abul Futuh

[Strong Egypt Party's official registration at the Supreme Court in downtown Cairo on 31 October 2012. Image by Zeinab Mohamed via Flickr]

Abdel Moneim Abul Futuh was a leading candidate in the 2012 Egyptian presidential election held last May, garnering approximately seventeen percent of votes cast in the first round (compared to approximately twenty-four percent and twenty-three percent for the two eventual run-off candidates—Mohamed Morsi and Ahmed Shafik, respectively). He is a physician by training, and has been the president of the Arab Medical Association since 2004. Abul Futuh is a former member ...

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Abdullah Al-Arian


Abdullah Al-Arian is an assistant professor of history at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service in Qatar and the author of Answering the Call: Popular Islamic Activism in Sadat's Egypt (Oxford, 2014). During the fall of 2014, he was also a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Middle East Studies at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He is co-editor of Jadaliyya's Critical Currents in Islam page.