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Comment: Behind the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a 'terrorist, rebellious' group by Saudi and Emirati religious authorities lies a bid to delegitimise the group, writes Courtney Freer

Safar al-Hawali and his three sons were detained days after his book 'Muslims and Western Civilisation' was released, prompting fears of a fresh crackdown on dissent.

Kuffar b*st*rds: Saudi Arabia's religious war against political enemies

Robert Cusack and Gehad Quisay

Kuffar b*st*rds: Saudi Arabia's religious war against political enemies

Comment: Saudi Arabia has long projected the image of religious righteousness, fighting their enemies with God on their side, but what happens when their enemies are similarly religious?

Muslim Brotherhood praise for terrorists undermines claims of non-violence

David Powell

Muslim Brotherhood praise for terrorists undermines claims of non-violence

Comment: Despite its protestations to the contrary, the Brotherhood's eulogising of Sheikh Omar Abd al-Rahman shows it has not yet abandoned ...

Fake news detected: Canada not banning criticism of Islam

Taufiq Wan

Fake news detected: Canada not banning criticism of Islam

The global Islamophobic conspiracy mill has gone into overdrive - are Muslim Brotherhood-inspired tactics taking hold in Canada's government?

The New Arab

Britain to jail extremists in special prison units

UK government also plans to remove 'extremist books' from prison libraries and implement stringent vetting procedures.

Nicolas Dot-Pouillard

Joseph Samaha's reflections on nationalism, the left and Islam

A rare interview has been unearthed from the archives, nine years after the intellectual's death. We bring it to you in full.

Sophia Akram

Saudi Arabia and IS: how misconceptions lead to disaster

Comment: False narratives about Saudi Arabia's relationship with the Islamic State group leads us away from truly understanding how extremism ...

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Blacklisting of books in Saudi Arabian schools causes controversy

Saudi Arabia has pulled a list of books, many by Muslim Brotherhood scholars from its schools, causing heated debate around the decision.

Israeli town names square after former Egyptian president

Alex Wright

Israeli town names square after former Egyptian president

Kafr Manda, a town in northern Israel, has named a new square after former Egyptian President Gamal Abd al-Nasser, causing a stir among locals.

The New Arab

Egyptian Grand Mufti caught plagiarizing Sayyid Qutb

The government-allied Grand Mufti of Egypt has been accused of plagiarizing Sayyid Qutb a prominent ideological leader of the ...

The hard truth: the Middle East is sick

Salah al-Din al-Jorashi

The hard truth: the Middle East is sick

Comment: The region is riven with problems and the solutions put forward have only made the situation worse, says Salah al-Din al-Jorashi.

Egypt officials condemn burning of Brotherhood books

Alex Wright

Egypt officials condemn burning of Brotherhood books

Culture ministry compares break-time event at Cairo school to the Medieval Andalusian book burnings of the works of philosopher Ibn Rushd.

Violent extremism is the symptom, authoritarian repression the disease

Omar Ashour

Violent extremism is the symptom, authoritarian repression the disease

Comment: In a political context in which authoritarian repression, military coups, civil wars and other forms of political violence and social ...

Who's who in the Nusra Front?

Hassan Abu Haniyeh

Who's who in the Nusra Front?

Despite losing swathes of territory to the Islamic State group in eastern Syria, the al-Qaeda affiliate is still a force to be reckoned with.

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