Author Archives: Dr. Muhammad Fraser-Rahim

Terrorism is Thriving on Bin Laden’s Death Anniversary

Today marks 8 years since the death of Usama Bin Laden, the notorious and infamous leader of al-Qa’ida. Though the organization has suffered setbacks and has been degraded, its brand and influence continue to offer influence and carry a message even after its founder’s death. Even now, the group has been seeking to reconstitute itself,

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The Sudan Coup: Women, Youth and an Opportunity for the World

Thursday’s announcement that President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, the 75-year-old African leader was ousted from power after a 30 year tight fisted rule in power was refreshing news for the citizens of Sudan, Washington policymakers and international practitioners. Al-Bashir orchestrated the killing of hundreds of thousands of people from Darfur. He turned his country into a

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Lessons from domestically rehabilitating a former extremist in the US

Earlier this month I traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark engaging with government, academia, media and civil society organizations to shed light on several robust approaches to combat extremism from a range of initiatives at a domestic and global level. Denmark is not alone as many other states, including the UK, Saudi Arabia and Singapore have all

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Iranian and Russian Influence Wars in the US: Targeting African Americans

Iran and Russia continue to face internal challenges in light of sanctions imposed by the international community, in the case of Iran, in response to ongoing nuclear issues, and support of terrorist organizations including Hezbollah and, in relation to Russia, incursions into the territory of neighbouring states. We are familiar with Russia’s influence operations in

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Ilhan Omar, Cultural Politics and the Regressive Left

This is not an article about bashing Representative Ilhan Omar. Nor is it about her tweet that the U.S. government support of Israel is “all about the Benjamins.” Let’s be clear: her remarks were flat out wrong and there is no need to caveat or to equivocate about the significance of what she said. However,

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Neither Pet nor Threat: The State of American Muslims

The American political environment is now more in flux than ever. The recent midterm election this past week was not only characterized by the candidature of an unprecedented number of women, of whom a number came from minority backgrounds, but also resulted in the election of two Muslim women to Congress. Moreover, the vocal and

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New Mexico Exorcism, Old World Culture and American Muslims

Last month, a raid on a New Mexico desert compound revealed eleven malnourished children and uncovered a confusing and bizarre tale of an Islamic exorcism, guns and a dead young boy. The young boy who died was called Abdul-Ghani Wahaj. His father, Siraj Ibn Wahaj disappeared with his child, who he said he was taking

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Emmanuel AME Church, Enslaved African Muslims and the Struggle Against Violent Extremism

The diverse religious experience of African Americans in the US stretches from the first arrival in the southern United States of slave ships bearing Muslim slaves from West Africa to the strong religious convictions of the American-born black church. Together, African Americans have created spaces of peaceful coexistence while at the same time providing constructive

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Miseducation of the American Muslims

“Blindly Following Ancient Customs and Traditions doesn’t mean that the dead are alive, but that the living are dead” Ibn Khaldun On the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in which close to 3,000 innocent lives were lost, I can’t help but ask myself: how far we have come, what lessons have we learned and

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