A Legacy of Liberalism in the Middle East – Between the Orient and the Occident

Islamic liberalism is not a myth, but to assume that it seeks to mimic the West, ignores that the West itself has shortcomings in the realm of authentic liberalism. It becomes difficult to gauge really what is the so-called problem ailing the Middle East, when one does so from a perspective shaped by Occidentalism –Continue reading “A Legacy of Liberalism in the Middle East – Between the Orient and the Occident”

Still Under Occupation: The Middle East & the Struggle for Dignity

Time and time again, we hear about the causes of injustice and instability in the Middle East. There are about four main causes offered from analyses on this region. Each of them point to internal factors, though somehow quite different from one another. But none of them recognize the possibility that instability is not aContinue reading “Still Under Occupation: The Middle East & the Struggle for Dignity”

How Arab Unity Became An Oxymoron – Another Tale of Orientalism

A more liberal strand of Islam might argue that cultural identity is tied to Islamic heritage. Furthermore, it encompasses all philosophy and knowledge into Islam, as opposed to radical Islam which excludes philosophies from the Enlightenment, Renaissance, and the mystical indigenous religions of various regions in the world, like Central Asia and Latin America. WhatContinue reading “How Arab Unity Became An Oxymoron – Another Tale of Orientalism”

If I Were President – 2016 and Beyond

There are many avenues that need to be walked in order to improve the US domestically. The US is still a global leader, but socio-economically it lags in development, compared to its allies in Europe and its emerging competitors in the East. The progressive wave which swept Europe in the 90s and early 2000s seems toContinue reading “If I Were President – 2016 and Beyond”

A Humble Conversation With A Palestinian Doctor

I had a very interesting discussion today with a gentleman of high esteem. For the sake of privacy I won’t mention names, but the individual is a professional doctor and US citizen of Palestinian descent. Our conversation surrounded my career trajectory as a student of Political Science and immigrant from the Middle East. Perhaps ifContinue reading “A Humble Conversation With A Palestinian Doctor”

Political Gluttony & the Syrian Crisis

The assumption towards the Middle East, and many parts of the world outside Western civilization, such as Latin America and Central Asia, is that there is an even dichotomy between citizens supporting or opposing authoritarian regimes. But the reality is less simple. Arab citizens understand that, democracy can only unfold when two crucial changes take place, which cannotContinue reading “Political Gluttony & the Syrian Crisis”

Orientalism in America – My experiences with American Academia

My experiences with American academia have coalesced into quite a journey, full of both order & tumult. But the point of me writing this entry is to focus on what I have come to discover as an unrelenting, institutionalized dogma which pervades the American academic culture, and discourages intellectualism, non-conformity and originality. This is because academics seem toContinue reading “Orientalism in America – My experiences with American Academia”

Sufi in America

While I stand with solidarity with my Muslim brothers and sisters, I must make the statement that not all Muslims have long beards, wear hijabs or are super religious. In fact, my interpretation of Islam would likely be deemed too liberal for the hardline orthodoxy. But that’s when things get political. Just keep in mind, thereContinue reading “Sufi in America”

The Seeds Were Sewn: Democracy & Terror in the Middle East

Democracy & Terror in The Middle East Danny Krikorian Abstract The aim of this research analysis is to determine whether or not levels of democratic process influence political violence in the form of Islamic extremism within the context of Middle Eastern countries. The overall findings suggest that the relationship between reduced violence, that is, stability,Continue reading “The Seeds Were Sewn: Democracy & Terror in the Middle East”

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