RIHRME Initiative

  • Saudi’s ‘Reforms’: Interview with Dr. H.A. Hellyer

    The Saudi Arabian Crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, recently declared that the kingdom sought a ‘return’ to the ‘moderate Islam’ of pre-1979. The international media understandably paid a great deal of attention—but how significant is this? Martin Chulov, the Guardian’s Middle East Correspondent, asked our non-resident senior fellow, Dr HA Hellyer, some questions about it—the Center is pleased to provided an edited transcript of their conversation below.

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  • Al-Azhar and the Battle of Ideas against Extremist Islamism

    The subject of extremist Islamism, and refuting it, remains a live one—and it is unlikely that it will change anytime soon. If there is ever a comprehensive and thorough response to extremist Islamism, it will have to take on board the need to deconstruct religious arguments from within religion.

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  • Is Islamic Law Compatible with Human Rights?

    On November 7, 2016, the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East hosted a panel discussion on the relationship between Islamic law and human rights. Geneive Abdo, director of the Atlantic Council’s Islamic Law and Human Rights initiative, moderated the panel with legal scholars Dr. Moataz El Fegiery, Protection Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa with Front Line Defenders, and Mrs. Hauwa Ibrahim, lawyer and professor affiliated with the Harvard Divinity School. Ambassador Frederic C. Hof, director of the Hariri Center, introduced the topic and the panelists.

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  • Atlantic Council Explores Islamic Law and Human Rights in the Middle East

    WASHINGTON, DC - The international media frequently features stories of Arab states and non-state actors committing human rights violations allegedly in the name of Islam. The application and understanding of Islamic jurisprudence is varied and controversial, whether such readings of the faith result in institutionalized state laws or actions committed by non-state actors, such as the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) or al-Qaeda.

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