Category: Books

The Political Consciousness of the Selfie (Rebecca Stein, Negar Mottahedeh, Adi Kuntsman)

The Political Consciousness of the Selfie (Rebecca Stein, Negar Mottahedeh, Adi Kuntsman)

[ 0 ] July 28, 2015 |

They’re about more than narcissism; they’re also tools for political self-identification. a Q&A with REBECCA L. STEIN, ADI KUNTSMAN, and NEGAR MOTTAHEDEH via STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS BLOG, JULY 2015: In 2013 that silver fox of the lexicographical world, the Oxford English Dictionary, proclaimed that “selfie” was the word of the year and recorded that its […]

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Emran el-Badawi on “The Qur’an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions”

Emran el-Badawi on “The Qur’an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions”

[ 0 ] July 22, 2015 |

by MATTHEW LONG for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on JULY 17, 2015:  The Qur’an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions (Routledge, 2013) written by Emran El-Badawi, professor and director of the Arab Studies program at the University of Houston, is a recent addition to the field of research on the Qur’an and Aramaic and Syriac biblical […]

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“Soft Force: Women in Egypt’s Islamic Awakening” (a Conversation with Ellen McLarney)

“Soft Force: Women in Egypt’s Islamic Awakening” (a Conversation with Ellen McLarney)

[ 0 ] July 20, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 20, 2015: “One of the most visible public faces of the 2011 revolution in Egypt was Asmaʾ Mahfouz, a young woman who posted a video blog on Facebook calling for the January 25 protest in Tahrir Square “so that maybe we the country can become free, can […]

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What is a Madrasa? (Ebrahim Moosa Explains)

What is a Madrasa? (Ebrahim Moosa Explains)

[ 0 ] July 13, 2015 |

by SHERALI TAREEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on JULY 3, 2015:  Recent years have witnessed a spate of journalistic and popular writings on the looming threat to civilization that lurks in traditional Islamic seminaries or madrasas that litter the physical and intellectual landscape of the Muslim world. In his riveting new book What […]

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Polygyny: What It Means When African American Muslim Women Share Their Husbands

Polygyny: What It Means When African American Muslim Women Share Their Husbands

[ 0 ] July 1, 2015 |

via THE FLORIDA BOOKSHELF (NEWS FROM THE UNIVERSITY PRESS OF FLORIDA) on JUNE 30, 2015:   “Captivating, provocative, and groundbreaking. Taking up the mandate that women’s realities matter, Majeed writes with depth and analytical rigor about a topic we have scarcely begun to understand.”—Amina Wadud, author of Inside The Gender Jihad “Tackles the contours and […]

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From Duke Authors, A Hammock of New Summer Reads (inc. Bail,Bradley,Moosa, Mottahedeh,Tuna)

From Duke Authors, A Hammock of New Summer Reads (inc. Bail,Bradley,Moosa, Mottahedeh,Tuna)

[ 0 ] July 1, 2015 |

by STUART WELLS for DUKE TODAY on JUNE 26, 2015:  Spanning cancer biology, career advice, religious studies and poetry, Duke writers offer an array of topics to fill your summer reading needs. Many of the books, including new editions of previous titles, can be found on the “Duke Authors” display shelves near the circulation desk […]

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The Opportunity Costs of Islamophobia: The Missionary-State Alliance against Volga-Ural Muslim Activism in the Late Russian Empire (Book Essay)

The Opportunity Costs of Islamophobia: The Missionary-State Alliance against Volga-Ural Muslim Activism in the Late Russian Empire (Book Essay)

[ 0 ] June 26, 2015 |

    EDITOR’S NOTE: In a previous piece, Mustafa Tuna, Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian and Central Eurasian History and Culture at Duke, discussed his new book “Imperial Russia’s Muslims: Empire, Islam, and European Modernity 1788-1914″ (Cambridge University Press, June 2015) with ISLAMiCommentary — carrying his insights about the opportunity costs of Islamophobia […]

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10 Books by Muslim Writers to Celebrate Ramadan the Literary Way (by Aisha Anwar for Bustle)

10 Books by Muslim Writers to Celebrate Ramadan the Literary Way (by Aisha Anwar for Bustle)

[ 0 ] June 19, 2015 |

by AISHA ANWAR for BUSTLE on JUNE 17, 2015:  Ramadan 2015 is here, which means you’re going to see your Muslim friends fasting from dawn to dusk for the next 30 days. But — hold up — what exactly is Ramadan? (It’s totally OK to ask if you don’t know.) Here’s a primer: Night after night […]

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Mustafa Tuna on Imperial Russia’s Muslims & the Opportunity Costs of Islamophobia (Book Q & A)

Mustafa Tuna on Imperial Russia’s Muslims & the Opportunity Costs of Islamophobia (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] June 16, 2015 |

“The overall consensus seems to be that the assimilationist policies of the tsarist state in late imperial Russia lay at the foundation of the bitterness that characterized the tsarist central state establishment’s relations with the Volga-Ural Muslims, and especially their elites… Hasty attempts to forge a nation-state out of a multiconfessional, multilingual, and multiethnic empire […]

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“The Gaza Kitchen: Cuisine, Resistance, and Remembrance in Palestine” with Laila El-Haddad

“The Gaza Kitchen: Cuisine, Resistance, and Remembrance in Palestine” with Laila El-Haddad

[ 0 ] June 12, 2015 |

“Heedless of both 100-degree heat and power outage, the cooperative’s members peel pumpkins and marinate chickens, fry eggplants and crush garlic in a whir of activity. While all hands are at work, the conversation ranges from thyroid troubles to daughter-in-law, from the ravages of the most recent war to the correct candying of carrots. And […]

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