Jewish Tribune 15 March 2010
By Joanne Hill
Two years ago, Syrian-born American psychiatrist and activist Dr. Wafa Sultan was forced to go into hiding after an Islamic scholar issued a fatwa (death threat) against her. Last week, she participated in a debate with Dr. Daniel Pipes at Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue and prefaced her remarks with, "I am used to debating with a Muslim imam, not with a dear friend like Dr. Pipes. The best part of our debate is, I know for sure at the end of this debate, he's not going to call me kaffir (unbeliever) or to issue a fatwa against my life.”
Global Politician 15 March 2010
By Prof. Barry Rubin
I'm not going to bash or rant about a Newsweek article about Turkey by Owen Matthews-shocking and dangerous as it is--but rather talk about what is wrong and inaccurate about it. That article is part of a new wave of defeatism sweeping the West, though it still remains subordinate to the more ostensibly attractive idea that there is no real conflict or at least one easy to fix by Western concessions.
Maghreb imams and other experts on Islam are reacting with everything from doubt to cautious optimism about a fatwa against terrorism issued by a prominent Pakistan-born religious scholar.