Business for Peace Award
1571, Section: Opinion


American muslims‭, ‬the author says‭, ‬have been narrowly represented in school textbooks and the media‭. ‬Advertisements for people escaping slavery included names like Moosa or Mustapha‭, ‬common names even among Muslims today‭.‬

A people’s history of Muslims in the United States

Published on 24 April 2014 by Alison Kysia / / First published April 21 in Opinion

When I teach history related to Islam or Muslims in the United States, I begin by asking students what names they associate with these terms. The list is consistent year after year: Malcolm X, Elijah Muhammad, and Muhammad Ali.

America’s “exceptional” reality

Published on 24 April 2014 by 2014 Rev. William E. Alberts / / First published April 18 in Opinion

Mainstream media are intensively focused on last year’s Boston Marathon victims in their run-up stories to this year’s April 21st Marathon.  It is enough to divert people’s attention from what our government does to countless more human beings in our name—which would explain why so-called “terrorists” would want to hurt us Americans.  This statement is not meant, in any way, to minimize what happened in Boston in 2013.  The lives of the four persons killed and over 260 injured last year are most precious, and words will never adequately express the terrible loss of loved ones and devastating injuries suffered.  Nor is the intent to minimize the culpability of the alleged Marathon bombers.  But something else is going on here—and it is not in the best interest of last year’s bombing victims, nor the rest of us citizens.

BinDaair urges Yemenis not to take such a West-centric view of gender. “We in the Arab world tend to underestimate our rich cultural heritage and the expertise of old and skilled hands in various fields. People in the squares during the “Arab Spring” went

Gender issues in the new Yemen

Published on 22 April 2014 by Samira Ali BinDaair / / First published April 15 in Opinion

When it comes to women and gender in Yemen, I see the discussions inevitably alternating between what is happening in politics and then back again to the same old arguments about women’s rights. I think the problem is that we always look at women’s issues from a very narrow lens even though we profess to uphold women’s rights, whatever those are and by whoever’s definition. After working for the past 20 years in development programs that have spanned different agendas and a variety of target groups and where gender analysis always featured largely, I can safely say that this whole concept of gender mainstreaming was introduced to Yemen without being communicated through more culturally sensitive strategies. The result has been considerable confusion. Because it was introduced by Western agencies, it was sometimes greatly misunderstood, implemented poorly and misused by people with vested interests, just as some men with vested interests have misinterpreted the role of women in Islam.

Climate change and drought in the Middle East

Published on 22 April 2014 by Tuğba Evrim Maden / / First published April 18 in Opinion

Reports about climate change were published after a series of meetings in preparation for a climate summit to be held in New York on Sept. 23, 2014. In the first report published in September 2013, wide coverage was given to the role of humans in climate change.

Resolving the Gulf crisis

Published on 22 April 2014 by Mansour A. Albogami / / First published April 16 in Opinion

In March, in an unprecedented move, three Arab Gulf states (Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain) withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar. This move reflected a break with the Gulf monarchies' tradition of behind-the-scenes conflict management.

Foreign aid: development or ‘de-development’?

Published on 17 April 2014 by Hani Mahmoud / / First published April 13 in Opinion

The idea of foreign aid is rather attractive—at least theoretically. However, when examined carefully, foreign aid in its very nature entails a process of injecting large sums of money into developing countries otherwise gripped by poverty, war, and conflict. While in theory, that money should improve people’s lives and alleviate poverty leading to sustainable growth and development, the stark reality is that foreign aid has often presented more challenges than opportunities.

Bringing Muslims back to science

Published on 17 April 2014 by Mohamed Ghilan / / First published April 11 in Opinion

The most important rule in Islam is “judgment on anything is a branch of conceptualizing it.“ To determine whether a belief can be accepted by a Muslim or not, this is the first and most often repeated principle. However, when it comes to matters scientific, this indispensable rule for correct judgment is paradoxically the most disregarded one.

The Arabs smitten by the Israeli lobby

Published on 15 April 2014 by Mohamed Elmenshawy in Opinion

Israel and the Gulf states sometimes tend to adopt a united regional vision regarding various issues, especially in the last three years

How to stabilize Yemen

Published on 15 April 2014 by Alastair Sloan in Opinion

In today’s fractured Yemen, the solution is not with Hellfire missiles, it is with fixing the economy.

Tunisia’s promise and strategic potential

Published on 15 April 2014 by Lara Talverdian in Opinion

After a year of heightened tensions, growing divisions, and two high-profile assassinations, Tunisians launched a national dialogue that culminated in the adoption of a progressive constitution in January 2014. This