Category: Books

WATCH: Christine Fair on “Fighting to the End: Pakistan’s Way of War”

[ 0 ] October 23, 2014 |

via WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL (DC) on OCTOBER 20, 2014:  Since its founding in 1947, the army of Pakistan has dominated the state, embroiling the country in an enduring conflict with India over Kashmir. Despite repeated losses, the Pakistani army remains committed to achieving its military goals in the region. The employment of non-state actors in […]

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A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of ‘What is Veiling?’

A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of ‘What is Veiling?’

[ 0 ] October 13, 2014 |

ISLAMiCommentary editor’s note: There seems to be no end to controversies and misunderstandings surrounding veiling. Here is a Q & A with Islamic studies professor Sahar Amer on her new book “What is Veiling” followed by an op-ed she wrote for the online journal “The Conversation” on debates on veiling in Australia. Amer also did […]

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Religion Publishing Update Fall 2014: A Scholarly Boom on Islam

[ 0 ] October 10, 2014 |

by MARCIA Z. NELSON and JANA RIESS for PUBLISHERS WEEKLY on OCTOBER 3, 2014:  One rarely uses the term booming in publishing these days, but it’s fair to say that academic publishing about Islam is doing just that. New books are diverse in subject matter and house of origin, as this major religion’s world-shaping influence is […]

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Khaled Abou El Fadel on the Way of Truth and Justice: Understanding Islamic Law

Khaled Abou El Fadel on the Way of Truth and Justice: Understanding Islamic Law

[ 0 ] September 26, 2014 |

by KHALED ABOU EL FADL for ABC RELIGION & ETHICS on SEPTEMBER 23, 2014:  The law plays a central role in Islam and yet, the law is also the least understood aspect of the Islamic faith by Muslims and non-Muslims alike. In the West, for example, some even go as far as thinking that a Muslim […]

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The War Department’s WWII Advice Booklet for Soldiers Headed to Syria (via Slate)

[ 0 ] September 19, 2014 |

by CHRIS A. SMITH for SLATE on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014:  The Vault is Slate‘s history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. In 1942 the American war machine was in high gear, and soldiers were shipping out across the globe—often to places […]

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Jean-Pierre Filiu on ‘Gaza: A History’ (Book Q & A)

Jean-Pierre Filiu on ‘Gaza: A History’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] September 17, 2014 |

“Both Fatah and Hamas, the main Palestinian parties, have forged over the years a self-celebrating militant narrative, intimately linked to Gaza, and any academic research has to deconstruct this narrative before addressing the core issues of the historical process.” — Jean-Pierre Filiu  Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and […]

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John Esposito on His Career, the Current State of IR Scholarship on Islam, the Rise of ISIS, and Islamophobia

John Esposito on His Career, the Current State of IR Scholarship on Islam, the Rise of ISIS, and Islamophobia

[ 0 ] September 9, 2014 |

INTERVIEW WITH JOHN ESPOSITO via E-INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS on SEPTEMBER 8, 2014:  John L. Esposito is University Professor, Professor of Religion & International Affairs and of Islamic Studies, and Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Previously, he was Loyola Professor of Middle East Studies, […]

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Putting the ‘Hero’ Back in ‘Superhero': How the Muslim Superhero Can Save the Genre

Putting the ‘Hero’ Back in ‘Superhero': How the Muslim Superhero Can Save the Genre

[ 0 ] September 5, 2014 |

Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on SEPTEMBER 5, 2014: Muslims don’t present a problem for superhero comics. They present a solution. A previous installment of “Comics & Dialogue” addressed an apparent awkwardness for Muslims as superhero characters. How could they fulfill the generic role of […]

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What the Jihadists Who Bought ‘Islam For Dummies’ on Amazon Tell Us About Radicalisation

What the Jihadists Who Bought ‘Islam For Dummies’ on Amazon Tell Us About Radicalisation

[ 0 ] August 28, 2014 |

by MEHDI HASAN for HUFFINGTON POST UK on AUGUST 21, 2014:  Can you guess which books the wannabe jihadists Yusuf Sarwar and Mohammed Ahmed ordered online from Amazon before they set out from Birmingham to fight in Syria last May? A copy of Milestones by the Egyptian Islamist Sayyid Qutb? No. How about Messages to […]

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Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity (Shabana Mir)

Muslim American Women on Campus: Undergraduate Social Life and Identity (Shabana Mir)

[ 0 ] August 13, 2014 |

by SHERALI TAREEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on AUGUST 4, 2014:  In the post 9/11 era in which Muslims in America have increasingly felt under the surveillance of the state, media, and the larger society, how have female Muslim students on US college campuses imagined, performed, and negotiated their religious lives and identities? […]

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