Insight on Islam and the Middle East

Tabsir is an academic blog started in 2005.

• We are scholars concerned about stereotypes, misinformation and propaganda spread in the media and academic forums on Islam and the Middle East.

• We are committed to fair, open-ended scholarly assessment of the current political issues of terrorism, gender inequality and intolerance.

• We encourage informed debate rather than partisan posturing on all issues.

• We believe in active involvement as public intellectuals communicating the best of available research.


In Arabic tabsîr means knowledge (ta‘rîf) and clarification (îdâh).

One who has insight of knowlege thereby knows it.

[The Arabic text above is taken from Lisân al-‘Arab by Ibn Manzûr (died 711 A. H./1311 C.E.).]