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Blain Auer

Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies Department of Comparative Religion Western Michigan University
Blain Auer has written 8 posts for Islamic Identities

Islamists’ Ideas on Democracy and Faith Face Test in Tunisia

By ANTHONY SHADID New York Times Published: February 17, 2012 This article examines how the Tunisian Ennahda Party shaped by repression under the former regime of Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali hopes to act as a regional model after being voted into power in Tunisia. Advertisements

Neither Radical Nor Secular: The West Struggles with the New Islamism

By BLAIN AUER Religion Dispatches Published: February 2, 2012 What the anxious West has failed to recognize in the Arab Spring is that the political transformations of the Middle East are the coming of age of a new Islamism.

Tunisia Faces a Balancing Act of Democracy and Religion

By ANTHONY SHADID New York Times Published: January 30, 2012 A blasphemy trial in Tunis symbolizes an emotional struggle, with implications for the Arab world, playing out with the rise of Islamists after the end of a secular dictatorship.

Tariq Ramadan Speaks on the Egyptian Revolution and Islamism

Wisconsin Public Radio Inside Islam interview with Tariq Ramadan on January 25, 2012 http://www.wpr.org/hereonearth/archive_120125k.cfm

Political Islam Without Oil

By THOMAS FRIEDMAN New York Times Published: January 10, 2011 With the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood and the even more puritanical Salafist Al Nour Party having stunned both themselves and Egyptians by garnering more than 60 percent of the seats in Egypt’s parliamentary elections, we’re about to see a unique lab test for the Middle East: … Continue reading

This Revolution Isn’t Being Televised

By JON B. ALTERMAN New York Times Published: December 30, 2011 THE Egyptian revolution did not happen last winter. It is happening now. And it is not taking place in Tahrir Square, but in towns and villages throughout the country.

Arab Spring

By COLUM McCANN New York Times Published: December 23, 2011 The breath and hum of democracy seemed almost a libidinous thing in parts of the Middle East, but, in truth, the body heat had been simmering for years. The protests took hold in Tunisia in late 2010 after the street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on … Continue reading

14 Muslim Leaders Plan Boycott of Breakfast With Mayor

By KATE TAYLOR New York Times Published: December 28, 2011 A group of Muslim leaders plans to boycott Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s annual interfaith breakfast on Friday to protest what it calls the unfair surveillance of Muslims by the New York Police Department.

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