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Dutch journalist and Arabist Eildert Mulder is deeply impressed by the book Ihya ‘Ulum al-Din’ [Iḥyā’ ‘Ulūm al-Dīn] by the medieval Islamic scholar Abu Hamid al-Ghazali [Abū Ḥāmid al-Ghazālī] (c. 1058 – 19 December 1111), parts of which have great value for those who wish to understand human...
The Arab-West Report newsletter about the analysis of Dr. John Mearsheimer led to several angry responses. Mearsheimer puts the blame for the war on NATO. This should not be explained as an approval for the Russian war on Ukraine. Dutch physicist Dr. Evert du Marchie and Dutch Arabist and...
The so-called Islamic State (IS) may have disappeared but their ideology and that of al-Qa’ida [al-Qāʿida] is still alive, not only in Muslim countries but also in the West. I am using the adjective ‘so-called’ because the overwhelming majority of Muslims does not believe they represent Islam. When...
The power of religion among the people of Egypt is great and widely recognized. This helped Islamists movements to overthrow the regime of President Ḥusnī Mubārak in 2011 and brought President Muḥammad Mursī to power in 2012-2013. But how to measure Egyptian religiosity? Previous presidents had to...
Dutch Arabist Eildert Mulder refers to a text in Deuteronomy 22:20-21 in relation to a tragic example of honor killing in the occupied Palestinian area. The text in Deuteronomy is part of the laws on sexual relations. The relevant section reads: “13 Suppose a man marries a woman, but after going in...
Last year anthropologist Erica Canova explored the impact of honor and shame in Egyptian culture, you can find her full article here. Of course, there are large differences between a large city as Cairo and the countryside and between people of different levels of education and regions. The sad...
On April 17, 2019, Tunisian humanitarian activist Ms. Rekaya al-Hafi [Ruqaiyya al-Ḥāfī] met with Mr. Laurens van Doeveren, Libya expert of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This meeting had been prepared by Cornelis Hulsman of the Center for Arab-West Understanding. It was attended by Mr....
The 2014 Egyptian Constitution; Perspectives from Egypt
Dr. Janneke Stegeman, a Dutch Protestant Christian theologian and researcher in the Old Testament, religion, conflict and peacebuilding, believes ecumenism between Christians, Muslims and Jews should be seriously considered. Stegeman’s arguments are given and so is the critique on her arguments by...
 Jamāl al-Bannā, a great friend of Arab-West Report, passed away today at the age of 93. Jamāl al-Bannā, born in 1920, was the younger brother of Hassan al-Bannā, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, whose policies he rejected. Jamāl al-Bannā was widely perceived by Egyptians as a liberal thinker...

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