Author Archives: Mbaye Lo

About Mbaye Lo

Mbaye Lo has spent the last several weeks in Cairo. A native of Senegal, Lo is Assistant Professor of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic at Duke University, and a Duke Islamic Studies Center affiliated (DISC) faculty member. He has authored many books, including Muslims in America: Race, Politics and Community Building, Understanding the Muslim Discourse: Language, Tradition and the Message of Bin Laden, Civil Society-based-Governance in Africa: Theories and Practices. His current manuscript in-progress is titled “The Geography of 9/11.”

Morsi, the last caliph-president of Egypt

In Cairo, Mbaye Lo, an American scholar of Islamic history, writes that Morsi perceived his legitimacy as coming from two sources: the free and fair elections that brought him to power and the religious contract that he often cited to justify his leadership. But his opponents believed that Morsi was elected under a commitment to liberal democracy, so his legitimacy was only valid when separation of powers and the rule of law were upheld. And with his government’s systematic dismantlement of these two institutions in the absence of an agreed-upon constitution, this political contract was no longer binding. And as in Egypt under Mubarak, the people’s will overrides any other sources of legitimacy.

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Mali: Between the ‘curse of Jefferson’ and the ‘spirit of Timbuktu’

The continuing violence in Mali highlights one of the vital challenges facing humanity: the perpetual wars over property acquisition, corporation creeds—the Curse of Jefferson and its radical adversaries from the religious extremists. Both are a clear hindrance to the human potential to break away from perpetual war, and live up to the goodness in all humanity—the spirit of Timbuktu. Challenging the ethical roots of these institutionalized creeds and religious violence is crucial if the current culture of human ‘expendability’ is to be reversed, and the art of life and peace is to be cherished and cultivated.

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