Posts tagged "alex thurston"
Nigeria: An Ephemeral Peace

Nigeria: An Ephemeral Peace

By Alex Thurston A ceasefire between the Nigerian authorities and Boko Haram in early July brought short-lived hopes for peace and a growing cynicism in the government's abilities to end the violence.
Ahbash Rising: Religious Freedom in Ethiopia, Part 2

Ahbash Rising: Religious Freedom in Ethiopia, Part 2

Protests in Ethiopia could have profound ramifications for Muslim-state relations in Ethiopia and beyond, writes Alex Thurston in the second of two posts on Ethiopia's Muslims.
Ahbash Rising: Religious Freedom in Ethiopia, Part 1

Ahbash Rising: Religious Freedom in Ethiopia, Part 1

In the first of two posts on the deterioration of religious freedom for Ethiopia's Muslims, Alex Thurston looks at Ethiopia's relationship with the U.S. and the "Global War on Terror"
To Hajj Without an Escort

To Hajj Without an Escort

By Alex Thurston During the week of September 24, Saudi Arabian authorities detained and subsequently deported over 1,000 Nigerian female pilgrims who were on the hajj to Mecca. The incident caused considerable tension between the two countries.

African Responses to “Muslim Innocence”

by Alex Thurston Protests against the Innocence of Muslims film have taken on a global scope...in sub-Saharan Africa, responses have ranged from violent protests to calls for peace.

Are Salafis “Conservative”?

by Alex Thurston The media’s use of the term “ultraconservative” is also connected with some Salafis’ support for implementing Islamic law in modern states. But Salafis are not the only ones to favor shari’a, nor are they always its most enthusiastic backers.

Salafism for Dummies

by Alex Thurston Suddenly, Salafism seems to be everywhere: mainstream Salafism, political Salafism, Wahhabist Salafism, Arab Salafism, Islamist Salafism, radical Salafism, and at least one instance of salafist-fundamentalist cage-fighting-ism.

Of Shrines and Syncretists

by Alex Thurston Teju Cole analyzes the destruction of the shrines by analogy: Mali is premodern Europe; Mali is Afghanistan under the Taliban...Then comes the interesting analogy: Timbuktu is Mecca at the time of its conquest by the forces of the Prophet...

Bad Sudanese? A “Marginal Revolt” is Underway

by Alex Thurston Should Sudan’s protesters topple President Omar al Bashir, I believe the media would get excited, but until they do, the Sudanese will remain, for the media, “marginal Arabs” or, as el Dahshan argues, Arab “villains.”

Kenyan Muslims Debate Anti-Terror Law

by Alex Thurston AMOK turns the logic of the law’s critics around: the bill will not target Muslims but protect them, and represents not outsiders’ agendas but a response to local problems.

Rethinking Mali’s Political Culture

by Alex Thurston The MNLA and Ansar al Din have dominated the headlines about Mali this spring and summer. But how have other Malian Muslims reacted to the crisis in the north, and to the partial “Islamization” of the conflict by Ansar al Din?

Mauritania: Islamic Response to the Sahel Drought

By Alex Thurston 9/11 changed the trajectory of Islamic humanitarian agencies in Africa and around the world...The US government suspected some Islamic charities of not really being charities at all, but rather fronts for transnational terrorist funding.