When Muslims Admired the West and Were Admired Back

Lessons on Coexistence from Jane Austen's London

Is it right to talk about friendship in a time of hatred? More specifically, is it right to consider Muslim affection for the West when, from London to Boston to Paris and now perhaps San Bernardino, Muslims appear to be saying we hate you?

In trying to make sense of these attacks, security analysts have looked at the social profiles of the terrorists in London, Madrid, Paris, and Boston. But there is no clear pattern to be discerned. There is no pattern of poverty, no pattern of being oppressed, …

You Don’t Have to Make Enemies to Make Powerful Cartoons

The Best Drawings Illuminate Rather Than Humiliate

“Where do you get your ideas?”

“Can you tell us about cartoons you’ve had censored?”

“Is there a line you won’t cross?”

And more recently: “Don’t you wish American satirists could take more …

We Miss Saudi Arabia’s ‘Humane King’

Abdullah May Have Been Slow on His Promises, But He Had to Modernize a Traditional Country Without Tearing It Apart

“I slept and my king was Abdullah. Then I woke up and my king was Salman.”

This is how some Saudis refer to the smooth transition of power after our …

An American at Home in Yemen

I Found Warmth, Humor, and Kindness in a Misunderstood Country

I miss Yemen.

That may come as a surprise since whenever the country makes headlines–as it has over the past few weeks–the overwhelming themes are war, violent radicalism, the impending doom …

I’m One of the Muslims the NYPD Spied On

New York’s Anti-Terrorism Surveillance Program Not Only Wasted Money. It Also Robbed People Like Me of Our Trust in American Government.

For many years, local and federal law enforcement agencies spied on Muslims and mosques in the U.S., hoping to find bad guys before they could commit acts of terrorism. But …

“Hangery” with a Purpose

My Remedial Ramadan Course, Online

How does one prepare for Ramadan? If you had asked me a few weeks ago I would not have said through an online seminar.

But my cousin, much younger and cooler than …