Samantha Rose Mandeles

Samantha Rose Mandeles is a writer for Islamist Watch, a project of the Middle East Forum.

Washington-Area Mosque Fails to Conceal Continued Misogyny


Last May, Shaker Elsayed — an imam at Virginia’s infamous Dar-al-Hijra (DAH) mosque — ignited a massive controversy by endorsing the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) during a videotaped sermon. Almost a year later, (and despite the mosque’s effort to appear more moderate), DAH continues to tolerate Islamist misogyny, suppress criticism, and sanction sexist leadership. […]

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ICNA-MAS in Baltimore: A Meeting of Islamist Minds


This weekend (March 30-April 1), for the fourth year running, the Baltimore Convention Center will host the joint convention of the Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and the Muslim American Society (MAS). Alongside a cohort of prominent clerics will also be former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor, Martin O’Malley, who just recently appeared on […]

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‘Journalist’ Ayat Oraby: Mainstream or Extreme?


On October 20, 54 Egyptian policemen were killed in a firefight with “militants” in the desert, 80 miles from Cairo. Local media reported the police were attacked by the Hasm Movement, a terrorist organization that the Egyptian government claims is linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. Governments around the world offered statements of sympathy to the […]

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