Women in Morocco Fight Violent Extremism: Part Two

In this guest blog, Yasmeen Ally provides a first-hand account of women in Morocco, who fight violent extremism. With knowledge of Islam, these women are able to counter intolerant ideas and stop the spread of religious perversion. The following post is informed by Ally's research and visits to Morocco.  Women's Religious Role in Islam Women in the early centuries of Arabia and Persia … [Read more...]

Women in Morocco Fight Violent Extremism: Part One

With knowledge of Islam, women in Morocco are fighting the hateful ideology espoused by violent extremism. In this guest blog, Yasmeen Ally gives a first-hand account of women standing up for peace to save Morocco from intolerant ideas and the spread of religious perversion. The following piece is informed by Ally's research and visits to Morocco.  Brief Background The Kingdom of Morocco is … [Read more...]

The Kashmir Valley in Pictures: Download Your Free Look Book

One of the world's most militarized zones is stunningly beautiful--a place most people will never visit--which is why I created a free look book or the "Kashmir Valley in Pictures" so that you can see pristine landscapes and passionate people. Even women scarred from the local, protracted violent conflict are heartwarming and live with hope. I have been lecturing on Kashmir for decades. My recent … [Read more...]

United Nations Commission on The Status of Women Session 63 Explores Violent Extremism & Women

Violent extremism can have a devastating impact on women’s social protection and services. Media coverage of violent extremism often focuses on terrorists, military, law enforcement, political issues. But, the realities for women in areas of violent extremism, often conflict as well, are the decline and reduction of basic social protection and services. On March 12, 2019, in a unique panel held … [Read more...]

The Number One Book We All Need To Read And Here’s Why

In the New Year, the number one book that I suggest we all read is The Rabbit Listened, and here's why. The best-selling children's story teaches the very simple principle of empathy. In today's climate of rising conflict and ugly wars, it's important to listen to understand the root of violence and then offer sound solutions. To be honest, I don't read many children's books. I prefer the hard, … [Read more...]

Meaningful Discussions on Terrorism Will Continue To Matter in 2019

We live in an age of terrorism, which is why meaningful discussions on Islam will continue to matter in 2019. Violence from religious groups as well as violence perpetrated by far-right extremist groups will continue in the New Year. For decades, I've been teaching and lecturing on violent behavior, focusing primarily on women in conflict as well as searching for answers on the key question: Why … [Read more...]

Revealing Facts About America’s Gun Control Problem

America's gun control problem is spiraling out of control as more weapons fall into the wrong hands and innocent civilians are dying. A Time magazine article on guns in America illuminates the violent trend and examines both sides of this messy debate. According to the writers, "the gun debate stands frozen in the stalemate, advocates unable to agree even on the meaning of words."  For example, … [Read more...]

Battling the Bad Guys To Find the Truth Is Possible With Faith, Fortitude and Forbearance

Battling the bad guys to find the truth is possible with faith, fortitude and forbearance, even in a world where conflicts continue to rage. In this book review, award-winning author and scholar, Dr. Akbar Ahmed shares his insight on my new book Invisible Martyrs.  Read the review below:  Farhana Qazi, an American Pakistani, a senior counter-terrorism professional is the nearest equivalent to a … [Read more...]

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