Sep 18, 2017

Al-Azhar and the battle of ideas against extremist Islamism

By Dr H. A. Hellyer

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. Pre-eminent among institutions that are called […]

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In the News

Sep 13, 2017

Hellyer in The National: Outrage, Shallow Populism and Symbolic Gestures Will Not Help the Rohingya

By H.A. Hellyer

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Event Recap

Nov 7, 2016

Is Islamic Law Compatible with Human Rights?

By Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East

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 […]

Press Release

Sep 13, 2016

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 […]