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Featured articles from nader hashemi

"Should U.S. Swap Iranian Prisoners for Americans?" (Fall 2015)

"Nuclear Deal Could Transform Iran" (Summer 2015)

"How a Nuclear Deal Helps Democracy in Iran" 
The Cairo Review of Global Affairs (Spring 2015)

"A Theology of Moral Progress" 
(review essay on Khaled Abou El Fadl's new book, Reasoning with God)
Critical Muslim, 14 (Spring 2015)

"Why Syria Matters: The Moral Imperative for Bringing Down the House of Al-Assad"
The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, 11 (Spring 2014)

"Rethinking Religion and Political Legitimacy Across the Islam-West Divide"
Philosophy and Social Criticism, 40 (Spring 2014)

"Rowhani's Challenge"
The Cairo Review of Global Affairs, 10 (Summer 2013)

"The Arab Spring Two Years On: Reflections on Dignity, Democracy, and Devotion"
Review essay, Ethics & International Affairs, 27 (Summer 2013)

"Islam and Secularism After the Arab Spring", 19 February 2013

Featured articles from danny postel

"Iranian Dissidents Explain Why They Support The Nuclear Deal"
In These Times (Summer 2015)

"What Do Syrians Want? Q & A on the Syrian Freedom Charter"
Huffington Post, 9 April 2015

"Should We Oppose the Intervention Against ISIS?"
In These Times, 18 December 2014

"Israelpolitik, the Neocons and the Long Shadow of the Iraq War--A Review of Muhammad Idrees Ahmad's Book The Road to Iraq: The Making of a Neoconservative War "
The Drouth, 50 (Winter 2014/2015)

"The War on ISIS: Views from Syrian Activists and Intellectuals"
Dissent Blog, blog of Dissent Magazine, 20 September 2014

"Book Review: Will the Middle East Implode? "
Middle East Policy, 21.3 (Fall 2014)

"Syria, Russia and What Can Be Done: Some Questions for Bob Dreyfuss"
The Nation, 24 February 2014

Featured Articles & Op/Eds from Nader Hashemi & Danny Postel

"From Homs to Azadi Square: Iran and the Spectacle of Syria"
Iran Wire, 1 July 2014

"The Conscience of Syria: An Interview with Activist and Intellectual Yassin al-Haj Saleh"
Boston Review, 12 March 2014

"Use Force to Save Starving Syrians"
New York Times, 10 February 2014

Featured Articles from Douglas Garrison

"Is Wahhabism Really Islam's Greatest Threat?"
Muftah Magazine, 27 January 2015

"The Tragedy & Farce of Sisi's Call to 'Religious Revolution'"
Muftah Magazine, 22 January 2015

"On Charlie Hebdo and the Question of an 'Islamic Reformation'"
Muftah Magazine, 13 January 2015

"The Myth of Religious Authenticity"
Muftah Magazine, 25 November 2014

"ISIS, Fear & Authoritarianism in North Africa"
Muftah Magazine, 28 October 2014

Featured articles from visiting scholars

"The Institutionalization of Academic Freedom Violations in Egypt" by Ahmed Abdrabou
Al-Fanar Media, July 2015

"Decision Making in Egypt: What has been Changed Since Mubarak?" by Ahmed Abdrabou
The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, June 2015 

"The Absence of the Legislative Body and the Future of Politics in Egypt" by Ahmed Abdrabou
Arab Reform Initiative, May 2015

"A State Without a State: The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's Social Welfare Institutions," by Abdullah Al-Arian
Project on Middle East Political Science, 30 September 2014

"Egypt's Campaign of Elimination: Pro-June 30 Analysts and the Quantitative Rationalization for Egypt's Coup," by Mohamad Elmasry
openDemocracy, 11 March 2014

"A Response to Sherifa Zuhur," by Mohamad Elmasry
Center for Middle East Studies, 20 March 2014

Featured Articles from Affiliate Faculty

Tom Farer: "The Clash of Cultures, the Tension Within Liberalism, and the Proper Limits of Tolerance"
Human Rights Quarterly, 2014

Randall Kuhn: "Don't lose hope over Arab Spring"
CNN, Fareed Zakaria GPS (blog), 15 January 2013
Full article from Population & Development Review available here

Micheline Ishay: "The Spring of Arab Nations? Paths Toward Democratic Transition"
Philosophy & Social Criticism, 2013