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Male. Democrat. Pluralistic Muslim. Disciple of the Indonesian Renewal. Ex-academic. Opposed to all fanaticism. A.k.a. Haytham ad-Din → The Photographic Muslim.
George F. Kennan (16 February 1904–17 March 2005) in 1947.

The problem of Islamism has been a concern of American foreign policy since the Iranian Revolution of 1979 and naturally has had an even greater importance following the devastation of the 9/11 attacks. There have been three presidential administrations since 9/11. …


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Whether you have been a follower of mine on Medium or Twitter, have found my work elsewhere on social media, or are encountering my writing for the very first time, I hope this letter finds you well and having had a reflective and meaningful beginning of 2019.

If…


It was only earlier this year that Reformer made Medium its new home and an eventful year it has been for this publication and for world affairs. Even and especially on this new platform, the mission of Reformer has remained the same since its inception in 2016: to provide at-length…


Masjid-i Jahan-Numa, commonly known as Jama Masjid, in Old Delhi.

Among the plethora of discourses and debates involving Muslim and Islamic issues globally, it is unfortunate that India rarely receives regular mentions. The focus on Muslim-majority countries has allowed publics and policymakers, especially in the West, to ignore a country where, even though Islam is a minority-religion, there are 190…


al-’Alam Palace in Muscat, the capital city of Oman.

The bulk of public discussions on the Middle East and North Africa typically manifests among two extremes. The first is on the multitude of violent conflicts that plague the region. The second is the fossil fuel politics that constantly define diplomatic rifts and intrigues between regional powers, especially in the…


The 2018 midterm elections in the United States have unfolded the way most observers expected they would. On the Federal level, the Democratic Party gained control in the House of Representatives, while the Republican Party (GOP) retained control in the Senate. The gains in the House, 32 seats thus far…


Immigration is now a bellwether issue throughout Europe.

Over the last three years, Europe has undergone dramatic socio-political transformations within its constituent countries and on the supranational level of the European Union (EU). Whereas mainstream constituencies in post-War Europe have focused on expanding the liberal project of the EU through political and economic integration, the last three years…


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American domestic fracture compels a rethinking of effective governance.

On 27 June 2018, Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his intention to retire from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS), effective 31 July 2018. His decision to step down from the SCOTUS during the administration of President Donald Trump upends an already tense national political arena. …


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On June 26, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) affirmed Executive Order 13780, colloquially referred to as Travel Ban 3.0, as constitutional in Hawaii v. Trump. The Order thus remains in effect, preventing the entry of, with exceptions, citizens of Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, Yemen…

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