It’s time for all American Muslims to heed the pluralism that launched Syria’s revolution and call for more responsible foreign policy Published on Middle East Eye on October 18th, 2016. […]
My piece on the peace process between Palestine and Israel. Read the article here. As published on Aslan Media July 16, 2013
This Winter may finally belong to the Syrian rebels, because of no short of the effort they’ve taken to reclaim Syria from Bashar al-Assad, but also the increased efforts that […]
Although some people mark the U.S. hostage crisis of 1979-1981 as the beginning of the strain on American relations with Iran, Iranians draw American-Iranian tensions all the way to the […]
Being politically correct has made it difficult to have the important conversations this country needs to have. Because it is politically incorrect to criticize Israel, the US has failed to […]
I recently received my Iranian passport in the mail, and was excited of the prospect of finally going to Iran this summer. However as summer approached, and discussion of Iran’s […]
We’re supposed to be winning the hearts and minds of the Afghan people.The US military presence in Afghanistan has done the exact opposite. The US has not infuriated Afghans more […]
Last year when I was volunteering with Oregon Action, I met a man who had brain damage. He was one of the most brilliant people I’ve met yet, but also […]
I am honored to be in the timeless city of Cairo, and to be hosted by two remarkable institutions. For over a thousand years, Al-Azhar has stood as a beacon of Islamic learning, and for over a century, Cairo University has been a source of Egypt’s advancement. Together, you represent the harmony between tradition and progress. I am grateful for your hospitality, and the hospitality of the people of Egypt. I am also proud to carry with me the goodwill of the American people, and a greeting of peace from Muslim communities in my country: assalaamu alaykum.
We meet at a time of tension between the United States and Muslims around the world – tension rooted in historical forces that go beyond any current policy debate. The relationship between Islam and the West includes centuries of co-existence and cooperation, but also conflict and religious wars. More recently, tension has been fed by colonialism that denied rights and opportunities to many Muslims, and a Cold War in which Muslim-majority countries were too often treated as proxies without regard to their own aspirations. Moreover, the sweeping change brought by modernity and globalization led many Muslims to view the West as hostile to the traditions of Islam…..