Some creative posters coming from peaceful demonstrations in Syria, mocking the world`s attention on the anti-Islam movie “Innocence of Muslims” that has shamefully generated violence and deaths all across the Middle East.
“We have an Assad movie that’s been playing for 18 months maligning the Prophet & his God.”
from Kafer Nbel, the creative hub of Syrian revolution
The Al Jazeera Center for Studies is hosting a two day conference (Sept 11-12) aimed at reflecting on the relation between Islamism and the Arab revolutions.
Leader of Tunisia`s Islamist party Al Nahda, Rachid Ghannouchi opened the conference yesterday, in a curious tandem with Syrian secular scholar Burhan Ghalioun, who has been heading the Syrian National Council (SNC) for almost one year before leaving office.
A focus on the relation between revolutions in Libya, Yemen, and Syria has been hosted in yesterday`s sessions. Today`s discussion is aimed at discussing Islamists` views on economy (neo-liberalism or protectionism), foreign relations, human rights and civil liberties.
A program for the conference can be found here.
Besides this initiative in Doha, Al Jazeera English` s The Stream has hosted a debate on the same topic featuring controversial scholar Tareq Ramadan, who is professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University. He recently wrote a book called “Islam and the Arab Awakening”, exploring the relation between Islamist movements and political awakening in 2011`s Arab revolutions.
During the unfolding of the Arab revolutions — and particularly in the Libyan case and in Tunisian elections- Al Jazeera has been accused to be bluntly supporting Islamist movements against more the liberal and secular opposition.
Al Jazeera center for studies` focus on this very topic is definitively something to follow closely in order to get a better understanding of the network`s view over one of the most relevant issues in the Arab region these days.