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Ammar Abdulhamid
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The answer to the extremism prevalent in Muslim communities around the world will not come from any allegedly “enlightened” or “moderate” set of religious scholars, but from the average Muslims’ changing attitude towards religiosity. Historical precedents have indeed shown that the religious establishment has often to play catchup with the people in this matter. In the meantime, however, establishment figures, motivated by a variety of ideologica...
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All so-called Abrahamic religions have an embedded element of disdain towards all other faith systems, one that has been clearly and unambiguously articulated in their various holy books as well as by a huge assortment of their favorite scholars and clerics, one that colors popular attitudes and feeds popular stereotypes, even among the self-declared secular segments, and inspires rejection, condescension and downright hate among a select few. ...
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مشكلتنا مع معظم الإسلاميين أنهم لايكتفون بأن يعيشوا كما يريدون بل يريدون للآخرين أيضاً، بصرف النظر عن عقائدهم أو آرائهم الخاصة، أن يعيشوا على شروطهم، متذرّعين في ذلك بإدعائهم أنهم على هدى، والآخرين على ضلالة، وأحياناً بأنهم هم الأغلبية وكأنّ للأغلبية الحق المطلق في تشكيل المجتمع على شاكلتها بصرف النظر عن الاعتبارات الأخرى. مشكلتنا مع الإسلاميين إذاً، أنهم لم يدركوا بعد معنى "الحق" في مفهوم حقوق الإنسان الأساسية. لكن الديموقراطية الحقيقية لا تنبنى...
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لو قارنا بين العصور الذهبية لكل الحضارات لما كان بوسعنا أن نجد أيّ دليل على تفضيل الله لقوم أو دين بعينه، أو على أن الدول والحضارات تقوم أو تنهار بناءاً على الممارسات الجنسية للأفراد أو استهلاكهم للكحول أو لباسهم المفضل. فلم الانشغال بهذه الأمور إذاً، إلا من منطلق الرغبة في فرض سيطرة مطلقة على الأفراد باسم المقدس؟ ويالها من سيطرة تلك التي تسمح لك بالتدخل في خصوصيات مأكل الناس ومشربها وعلاقاتها الحميمة إلى هذه الدرجة. ودعونا لا ننسى هنا أنه على ال...
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I don’t know how many would-be or wannabe Einsteins and Mozarts died in Syria as a result of the war Assad unleashed, but I do know that there were surely many carpenters, grocers, farmers, bakers, tailors, soldiers, doctors and engineers, and that each and every one of them, by virtue of their humanity alone, was entitled to live in dignity. That knowledge suffices for me to want an end to this war, an end that brings with it the possibility of ...
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In a recently released video that showed the killing of 21 Christians in Libya, all but one of them Egyptian, the Islamic State issued an ominous warning: "Today we are south of Rome," one masked militant said. "We will conquer Rome with Allah's permission."
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Iran Iran will never give up its nuclear program. To them, having nuclear capabilities and a few warheads and missiles on the side is meant tom inoculate them against foreign dabbling. Iranian officials believe that, unlike Saudi Arabia whose breakup will come largely due to mismanagement on part of the ruling establishment, the only way the Iranian establishment they could face serious domestic troubles will come as a result of clandestine activ...
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أقتدي بمحمد بشيء واحد فقط: أنه اتبع معطيات عقله وحدسه وحواسه وضميره، فأنا أيضاً أتبع معطيات عقلي وحدسي وحواسي وضميري، وإن قادتني إلى طريق مختلف. وإذا سأل أحد "وماذا عن الوحي؟" أقول: "وهل كان ممكن لمحمد كبشر سوي أن يتعامل ويتفاعل مع الوحي من دون توظيف عقله وحدسه وحواسه وضميره؟" وربما أضيف: "لكلنا وحيه." أو "لاينبغي لأحد أن يحتكر الله حتى باسم الاجتباء والنبوة."  توضيح: ما لم نكن كلنا على تواصل مع الله، لا معنى لوجوده أو وجودنا. أي أنني في كلامي أ...
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ISIS Inc.: US official reveals how terror network makes its millions | Fox News. The more we learn about ISIS the more similar it gets to the Assad regime from the belief in its divine right to rule to the way it treats its opponents, including torture, kidnapping, beheading and stoning, and the way its makes money. Terrorists in Syria come in different guises, but their actions betray them all, at least to those of us who are unwilling to be wil...
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Revisiting an old note on secularism and democracy.
Facebook | May 25, 2013 This statement by Ed Hussein makes absolutely no sense: “If the barometer for democracy is France or Britain, then Muslim countries are not on that trajectory. Why should they be? Theirs is a different culture rooted in scripture, unlike that of secular Europe. The freedom to blaspheme or "insult the prophets and God" is not acceptable to most Muslims or even Christians living in Palestine, Pakistan, Egypt, or Lebanon. Th...
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إدرسوا تاريخ وثقافات غيركم وستدركون أن البشر هم هم، في كل زمان ومكان: كائنات ناقصة قادرة على اقتراف الخير كما الشر، عبدوا الله أم عبدوا هبل. إدرسوا تاريخ وثقافات غيركم وستدركون أن البشر، على نقصانهم، هم كل المعنى. إدرسوا التاريخ بعمق وستختفي كل مبررات الصراع، ما خلا الجشع. فالجشع وحده هو محرّك الحروب، أما الجهل، والتعصب، والخوف، فوقود. إدرسوا ثم اسألوا أنفسكم: إلى متى سنبقى وقوداً لجشع البعض فينا؟ متى سنصبح نوراً لأنفسنا لا وقوداً لحروب بعضنا على...
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Occupation
Democracy Activist
Employment
  • Tharwa Foundation
    Democracy Activist, present
  • SANA, Pakistan International School of Damascus, Damascus Community School (The American School), DarEmar Publishing House, The Brookings Institution
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Currently
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA
Previously
Damascus, Syria - Damascus, Beirut, Ramsgate (UK), Moscow, Stevens Point (WI), Madison (WI), Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Silver Spring (MD)
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Introduction

Ammar Abdulhamid is a liberal Syrian pro-democracy activist whose anti-regime activities led to his exile in September of 2005. He currently lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with his wife, Khawla Yusuf, and their children, Oula (b.1986) and Mouhanad (b. 1990). He is the founder of the Tharwa Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to democracy promotion. His personal website and entries from his older blogs can be accessed here.

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My country, Syria, is going through an existential crisis and I have been unable to help her so far. I have no right to brag.
Education
  • University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
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Tharwacolamus, Amarji, The Heretic of Damascus
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