Editor's note

In Egypt and Turkey, Islamic movements have struggled to survive in authoritarian regimes that exert strong control over religious practice. Egypt’s autocratic presidents keep mosques and Al-Azhar, a leading educational institute of Sunni Islam, under their thumb. And in Turkey, a government agency called the Diyanet oversees religious affairs and defines for the Turkish people what “correct Islam” is. Ahmet T. Kuru explains how these political conditions have given the Muslim Brothers in Egypt and the Gulenists in Turkey a well-founded fear of persecution.

Over the last few weeks, many stories have been published about what’s happening in Kashmir. Today, we have a very personal article by critical anthropologist and former humanitarian worker Omer Aijazi about his research in the region and how he learned a lot by spending time in Kashmiri kitchens.

Catesby Holmes

Global Affairs Editor

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Mohammed Morsi, a member of the controversial Islamist political organization the Muslim Brotherhood, was Egypt’s first democratically elected president. He was overthrown in a coup in 2013 and died on trial this June. Reuters/Amr Dalsh

How two Islamic groups fell from power to persecution: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Turkey’s Gulenists

Ahmet T. Kuru, San Diego State University

A few years ago, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood and Turkey's Gulenists were running the show. Now both religious movements face political repression. How did they fall so far, so fast?

Meal-time in Kashmir is a time of dialogue. Omer Aijazi

How to be an ally with Kashmir: War stories from the kitchen

Omer Aijazi, University of Toronto

As Kashmir faces new challenges, our forms of allyship must also evolve. Perhaps we can learn some lessons from its kitchens.

Politics + Society

Argentina: how inflation, debt and poverty combined to deliver a brutal primary election result for president Mauricio Macri

Luciana Zorzoli, SOAS, University of London

The primary results confirm the end of the austerity project but this is not enough to solve Argentina's fundamental problems.

El Grito: Violence in Colombia continues to kill activists

Diana M. Barrero Jaramillo, University of Toronto

In Colombia, a 2016 peace agreement does not contain the ongoing violence. Violence escalates as criminal armed groups replace the FARC rebels in a violent battle for land and resources.

Why are gang rape accusations treated as ‘sexual abuse’ in Spain? Another trial fails another victim

Deborah Madden, University of Manchester

A trial echoing the la Manada gang-rape case is being heard as an incident of 'sexual abuse'.

Who is responsible when an inmate dies by suicide?

Austin Sarat, Amherst College

People in jail kill themselves at a rate 3.5 times higher than that of the general population.

Arts + Culture

Transgender, transhuman: technological advances offer increased choices but also create new prejudices

Shareena Z Hamzah, Swansea University

We shouldn't assume that discussion of bodily changes necessarily means progression towards a more equal society.

‘Like’ isn’t a lazy linguistic filler – the English language snobs need to, like, pipe down

Rebecca Woods, University of Huddersfield

The word 'like' has a grammar, and by looking at it, we can learn a lot about what 'like' means and what it contributes to someone’s speech.