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خلق الحوار. التأثير على السياسة.

Generating Dialogue. Impacting Policy.

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On the Murder of Husham al-Hashemi

Michael Knights

On July 6, 2020, Iraq’s most prolific security commentator Husham al-Hashemi was assassinated in Zayouna, a social melting pot neighborhood of east Baghdad. Iraq’s protesters, journalists, and security agencies knew Husham well, as did nearly all the governments of the international Coalition. Everyone, from every angle, must lend their voice and their efforts to finding and prosecuting Husham’s killers, and those who killed protesters and journalists, before they kill more Iraqis.

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Clarifying the Meaning and Case for Islamic Religious Reform

Hasan Ismaik

In my most recent Fikra Forum piece, In Defense of Islamic Religious Reform, I address the need for religious reform in the modern age. In Hassan Mneimneh’s response to my piece, Islamic Religious Reform Is an Institutional Need First, he concludes that the very notion of religious reform is flawed, as it cannot achieve anything beyond a compromise between the values of Islam and the demands of the times. In reality, however, I am not calling for a kind of religious reform that simply compromises between those values and demands.