Category: Books

The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

[ 0 ] February 9, 2016 |

Mbaye Bashir Lo teaches at Duke University in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and is core faculty with the Duke Islamic Studies Center. This article highlights key elements in his current book project entitled “Justice versus Freedom: the Problem with Militant Islam.” He is currently a visiting scholar at l’Institut d’études de l’Islam […]

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LISTEN: Patrick Bowen on the History of Conversion to Islam in the U.S.

LISTEN: Patrick Bowen on the History of Conversion to Islam in the U.S.

[ 0 ] January 14, 2016 |

by KRISTIAN PETERSEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on JANUARY 12, 2016:  In the current political moment there is widespread anti-Muslim rhetoric and it would be easy to conclude that a large portion of white Americans see Islam at odds with American values. But a longer view of history reveals a long-standing appreciation for […]

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Stephen Frederic Dale on ‘Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man’ (Book Q & A)

Stephen Frederic Dale on ‘Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] January 7, 2016 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 7, 2016:  Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) was a colossus among Muslim scholars.  Stephen Frederic Dale gives us a portrait of this extraordinary man in his new intellectual biography, The Orange Trees of Marrakesh: Ibn Khaldun and the […]

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LISTEN: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran

LISTEN: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran

[ 0 ] January 5, 2016 |

by SHERALI TAREEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on DECEMBER 30, 2015:  In her fascinating new book Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran (Duke University Press, 2015), Afsaneh Najmabadi, Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, explores shifting meanings of transsexuality in contemporary Iran. […]

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LISTEN: Bargaining for Women’s Rights in Niger

LISTEN: Bargaining for Women’s Rights in Niger

[ 0 ] January 5, 2016 |

by HEATH BROWN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on DECEMBER 16, 2015: Alice Kang has written Bargaining for Women’s Rights: Activism in an Aspiring Muslim Democracy (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). Kang is assistant professor of political science and ethnic studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Much attention is paid to Muslim-majority countries across the […]

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LISTEN: Maud Mandel on Muslim-Jewish Conflict in France

[ 0 ] December 23, 2015 |

by JASON SCHUMAN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on DECEMBER 11, 2015:   In Muslims and Jews in France: History of a Conflict (Princeton University Press, 2014), Maud S. Mandel, Dean of the College at Brown University, challenges the view that rising anti-Semitism in France is rooted solely in the Israel-Palestine conflict. Instead, Mandel […]

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LISTEN: Saba Mahmood on “Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report”

[ 0 ] December 23, 2015 |

by SHERALI TAREEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on DECEMBER 7, 2015: It is commonly thought that violence, injustice, and discrimination against religious minorities, especially in the Middle East, are a product of religious fundamentalism and myopia. Concomitantly, it is often argued, that more of secularism and less of religion represents the solution to […]

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ISLAMiCommentary/TIRN Featured in New SSRC Report ‘Religion, Media and the Digital Turn’

ISLAMiCommentary/TIRN Featured in New SSRC Report ‘Religion, Media and the Digital Turn’

[ 0 ] December 17, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 17, 2015:  We at the Duke Islamic Studies Center are pleased to announce that the work of the Carnegie Corporation of New York-supported Transcultural Islam Project (ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN) has been highlighted in a new report by the Social Science Research Council — “Religion, Media and the […]

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A Strangeness in His Mind: Orhan Pamuk on his Novels, Istanbul & the Preservation of Memories

A Strangeness in His Mind: Orhan Pamuk on his Novels, Istanbul & the Preservation of Memories

[ 0 ] December 16, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 14, 2015: Last month, the Duke Middle East Studies Center (DUMESC) had the honor of hosting Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk for a series of events at Duke University. With co-sponsorship from the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Duke Global Education/Duke in Turkey, Franklin Humanities Institute, Arts […]

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An American Muslim Businessman Calls on Muslims to Own Their Faith, Remove the Middleman

An American Muslim Businessman Calls on Muslims to Own Their Faith, Remove the Middleman

[ 0 ] December 10, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 8, 2015:  Management consultant and tech entrepreneur Rashed Hasan, an American Muslim who has worked with Booz Allen Hamilton, Ford Motor Company, Pfizer, among other major corporations, has been actively involved in interfaith dialogue for many years. This past Spring he self-published the first volume in a series that […]

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