Tag: Religion

Hassan Abu Hanieh, author and researcher on jihadist groups

Wake Up Call

One of the foremost experts on extremist groups in Jordan is worried we’re underestimating the true scale of the jihadist threat facing the country. By Dina Al Wakeel Few Jordanian analysts know more about extremist Islamist groups than Hassan Abu…

For Jordanians, Facebook is More than Just a Fun Diversion

Facebook isn’t just a website to share videos of kittens, it’s fast becoming our window to the world. By Osama Al Sharif Social media’s sway on public opinion continues to increase in Jordan at a time when the influence of…

Teaching Tolerance to Fight Extremism

The battle against religious extremism should be waged in the classroom, not just the battlefield. By Osama Al Sharif Our war on violent religious extremism became even more essential after the horrific execution of air force pilot Muath al-Kasasbeh by…

We Aren’t Charlie

If social media is any gauge of attitudes towards the brutal Charlie Hebdo attack, then most Jordanians appear to believe free speech should have its limits. By Osama Al Sharif Last month’s deadly attack by Islamist terrorists on the French…

Religious Tourism: a Sector’s Salvation?

Pope Francis’ recent trip to Jordan showcased to the world the important role that the Kingdom has played in the rich history of the Holy Land. The benefits of attracting more of the world’s faithful to visit Jordan’s many religious…