For that joyous moment, when Mubarak was overthrown, Egyptians discovered that everything they’d been taught about their apathy and obedience was a myth. And then came the brutal counterrevolution
Khaled Diab is a journalist and writer. He is the author of two books, "Islam for the Politically Incorrect" (2017) and "Intimate Enemies: Living with Israelis and Palestinians in the Holy Land" (2014). Twitter: @DiabolicalIdea
Opinion Instead of Denouncing a 'Zionist in the Prophet's House!', Muslims Should Welcome Israeli Jews to Mecca
When Arab social media accused an Israeli Jew who posted selfies of himself in mosques in Medina of being a Saudi stooge, impure Jew and a Zionist spy, there was one epithet they forgot: Human being in search of grassroots contact
My dearest alt-righter: Your views about Islam and Muslims are largely incorrect, not just politically, but also socially, culturally and theologically
Right-wing lawmakers disingenuously suggest it's all just a noise pollution issue. But we know the kind of politicians attracted to laws that target Muslims only.
Non-violent resistance to the occupation was showcased this week by the women's flotilla to Gaza. But can it ever advance from the margins of Israeli and Palestinian society?
The increasing incidents of Muslims and Arabs – or even those who vaguely resemble them – being kicked off planes or reported to authorities for absurd reasons are signs of race- and religion-based paranoia gone global.
In Egypt, almost every article about Avigdor Lieberman’s new post mentions his past genocidal threats to bomb the Aswan Dam. And that’s not the only reason Arab commentators are worried.
Donald Trump denigrates Islam’s ‘intrinsic’ violence and promises ‘Christianity will have power’. But if he or Ted Cruz become president, we should fear violence of Biblical proportions.
The New Year’s Eve mob attacks on women unleashed a tidal wave of hate speech against migrants in Europe. The political profiteering obscured the fact that sexual assault isn’t just – or primarily – an Arab or Muslim problem.
In these times of widening chasms, the world needs the bridging role of minorities more than ever.
On a recent trip to Sinai, I found there’s one area of border security in which Egypt excels: policing the minds of its own citizens. The repression of dissent starts at its borders.
The UN in general and its Security Council in particular lack the capability and credibility to calm the Israeli-Palestinian escalation.
Satire: A Muslim living in the West lays the groundwork for fellow jihadists to arrive from Syria disguised as refugees.
Extremists call it a 'holy war,' but this conflict has always been about the very secular issues of territory, injustice and identity.
If taxation is at the core of representation, does the inverse hold in the Middle East: that without taxation, there is no representation?
Piety cannot and must not be imposed by the state – the road to hell is paved with pious intentions.
It was a hardscrabble existence in the Gaza Strip even before last summer’s war. Now, the young dream of emigration and adults despair over ruined homes and lives. Haaretz reports from inside Gaza.
On visit to Gaza Strip, Egyptian-born writer discovers that despite hardship caused by Israel, Egypt's siege is the more emotionally painful one. 'Why is Egypt doing this to us?' Gazans want to know.
The Sam Harris-Noam Chomsky debate shows us that any ideology, even rationalism, can be twisted to legitimize political gain.
Despite progressive Muslims' efforts to break sexual taboos in the Arab world, so-called halal sex shops exist only in cyberspace.
Europeans would do well to set their deep-seated public anxiety aside and realize that the current situation in the Mideast is not dissimilar to their own history.
As a Saudi-led coalition marches into Yemen to fight the Houthi rebels, talk of a grand clash between Sunni and Shia Islam is growing. However, this is largely a mythical and extremely simplistic explanation for the true dynamics in Yemen, Syria and Iraq.
Joint List’s success offers a glimmer of hope for Israeli Arabs and Palestinians in the occupied territories.
Were they willing to embrace their commonalities, Mizrahi Jews and Palestinian-Israelis could form a formidable voting bloc that could effect political change.
Speaking one dialect of Arabic to an interlocutor of another background can get you into all sorts of trouble. Whether these dialects should even be considered one language is not only a question of linguistics, but of history and politics too.
Centuries of non-indigenous rule have resulted in a shortage of effective native leaders in Egypt and the Arab world. This has resulted in a damaging leadership culture that forefends the possibility of true reform.
Current reality demands that Palestinians delay demanding their national rights in favor of protecting their human rights – by supporting right-wing settler legislation to apply Israeli law to all the West Bank.
My European passport and Arab name aren’t not news to the Israeli authorities. But the hostile treatment I recently encountered at Ben-Gurion Airport made me wonder not about Israel’s security – but its insecurities.
The Arab world’s 100-year political order is in its death throes. Like dying wild animals, the nationalist, Islamist and foreign mafias and despots clinging to power are at their most dangerous when fatally wounded.
Punitive European measures against returning fighters are likely to be counter-productive and endanger the multicultural life and rule of law that jihadist groups are so dedicated to destroying.