Muftah is creating a new special section devoted to the less examined ways religion and politics intersect in the Middle East and North Africa. The section aims to move the conversation away from hackneyed analysis on Islamist parties and organizations and look at the other actors and groups that are using religion in various political and social ways. These actors range from ostensibly secular Arab dictators, who have used religious language and tropes to shore up their power, to grassroots civic organizers, which have leveraged religious traditions to forge community solidarity. We are particularly interested in articles that discuss religion in places other than the well trodden territories of Egypt, Turkey, and Iran (but pieces on these countries are ok too!).

Here are some examples of the kind of articles we’re hoping to feature:

The Forty Years War by Michael Brill (the section on Saddam’s “Faith Campaign”)

Which Islamists?: Religion and the Syrian Civil War by Haroon Moghul

Earth Iftars Have Become a Symbol of Protest against the AKP by Claire Sadar

Submissions are due by September 18, 2015 and should be sent to Please note, we can only consider pieces that have not been previously published and are not under consideration at other outlets. Please also note that, due to the volume of submissions we typically receive, we are only able to respond to those writers whose pieces we select for publication.

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