Western, Arab Journalists Miles Apart in Cartoon Rift (CJR.org)

DOHA, QATAR (Feb. 3, 2006) – It is a row that gives new meaning to the phrase, “publish and be damned.” The convulsion of outrage across the Muslim world over the publication of editorial cartoons deemed blasphemous to the Prophet Muhammad is another reminder of the essential disconnect in perceptions that continues to drive the rift […]

Reporting a revolution: the changing Arab media landscape (Arab Media & Society)

Vol. 1 2006 Camera-phone videos of Egyptian police torturing suspects posted on YouTube.com. Prostitution and masturbation discussed on satellite TV. The Iranian president reaching out to Arabs on his own blog. The times, as Bob Dylan sang in another context, are a’ changin’. Across the Middle East, new television stations, radio stations and websites are […]

Urban Renewal in the Global Village: How Palestine became a Marker of Muslim Identity (Journal of Transnational Broadcasting Studies)

(Fall 2005) Abstract A radical restructuring of the global media landscape and the emergence of information ghettos, in which US and Muslim audiences view policy through conflicting prisms, has transformed Palestine into a marker of Muslim identity among non-Arab Muslims. This development results, in part, from a failure of the Bush administration during its first […]

Translating Spirituality Into Real Life: An interview with the late Sufi master, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan (Beliefnet.com)

Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan died on June 17th [2004] at the age of 87 (see our online  memorial). Lawrence Pintak interviewed Pir Vilayat and wrote this article in  2000. “The whole quest of Sufism is the search for the hidden secret, the desire to know,” says Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan. “But the secret can only […]

Dangerous Delusions: Advertising Nonsense about Advertising America (PublicDiplomacy.org)

27 August 2004 The question of how the U.S. communicates its message to the Muslim world is arguably the most vital issue facing the nation today. It is therefore deeply disturbing when the debate is muddied by dangerously misleading pseudo-science. “University Study Shows Advertising Can Improve U.S. Image Abroad; Controversial Campaign By Charlotte Beers Shown […]

Severed Head in the Freezer, Favorability Ratings in the Toilet (CommonDreams.org)

Published on Wednesday, July 28, 2004 by CommonDreams.org Is that laughter I hear echoing from the mountains of Baluchistan? The latest survey results out of the Middle East show that America’s favorability rating is now, essentially, zero. That’s down from as high as 75 percent in some Muslim countries just four years ago. Two new […]

Taking on the Shi’ites: How America is Creating a Powerful New Enemy (CommonDreams.org)

Published on Monday, April 5, 2004 by CommonDreams.org The eruption of bloody clashes between Iraqi Shi�ites and Coalition forces, combined with a threat from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to assassinate the head of Lebanon�s Shi�ite Hizbullah movement, raise the frightening prospect that the U.S. could soon face a powerful new enemy, with potentially disastrous […]

Political Islam’s Democratic Face (CommonDreams.org)

Published on Tuesday, March 23, 2004 by CommonDreams.org Even as militant Islamists from Spain to Pakistan command headlines, the White House once more inflames Muslim opinion, and the Bush administration continues its effort to reinvent the Middle East in America�s image, proponents of moderate political Islam are quietly but effectively developing the template for democratic […]

The Release Valve of Muslim Democracy: Southeast Asia’s Emerging Model (Global Dialogue Journal)

GLOBAL DIALOGUE Volume 6 ● Number 1–2 ● Winter/Spring 2004—Islam and Democracy Even as militant Islamists from Europe to the Philippines command headlines and the Bush administration feeds extremist sentiment with its effort to reinvent the “Greater Middle East” in America’s image, proponents of South-East Asia’s pragmatic blend of religion and politics are quietly but […]

Beyond Insensitivity: Bush Sends Mixed Signals to Indonesian Muslims (CommonDreams.org)

Published on Friday, October 17, 2003 by CommonDreams.org In the corridors of power in Washington and on the campuses of American universities these days, the great topic of debate is: How can the U.S. government better communicate with Muslims around the world? The simply answer is, it cannot. Not as long as U.S. policy is […]