In his book, "In the Footsteps of the Prophet,” Swiss philosopher Tariq Ramadan explains why the prophet Mohammed is more modern than many believe and why reconciliation between conservative Muslims and secular societies is possible.
While Egypt's government is locked in a power struggle, the people just want government to work for them. New President Mohammed Morsi has invited them to bring their concerns to the government -- and they have.
In Egypt, the government is in the midst of a long process to transform itself from a dictatorship to a representative democracy. But the process has been tumultuous, with the latest hurdle being a decision by the new president to call back into session a parliament that the military-backed courts dissolved.
Egypt's newly elected president, Mohamed Morsi, may present new challenges for President Obama. The Obama Administration has voiced support for Morsi, but political experts say a power struggle may lead it to back the Egyptian military.
Egypt was supposed to find out who would be its next president Thursday. Now it's delayed indefinitely while "improprieties" in the voting are investigated. Meanwhile, the country's former president was reported dead. But he wasn't. All of this has Egyptians seeing conspiracies at every turn.
Hosni Mubarak, whose 30 year reign as Egypt's autocratic ruler came to an end last year, was reported to be clinically dead by Egypt's official news agency, but security officials insist he is actually unconcious and on life support, his heart having stopped beating and failing to respond to defibrillation.
Egypt is once more facing a political crisis. Its parliament was dissolved and its military rulers have assumed more power for themselves. But a democratically elected president should be named by Thursday. It's expected to be Mohamed Morsi, but how much power he'll have remains to be seen.
In Egypt, sexual harassment has become a common problem. And it's a problem that officials aren't doing anything about. It's even infected the heart of the revolution, Tahrir Square, where even a protest rally against sexual harassment ended in a number of women being attacked.
Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court Thursday morning concluded what many critics described as a military coup, dissolving the democratically elected parliament, handing power back to the country's military rulers and casting doubt over the legitimacy of this weekend's presidential run-off election.
Egypt's expected to get the results of its first round of presidential elections sometime this weekend. All-in-all, many Egyptians seem pleased. But there have been reports of improprieties and flaws, leading some to wonder how fair the elections are.