Category: Books

The British Library’s Oldest Qur’an Manuscript Now Online

The British Library’s Oldest Qur’an Manuscript Now Online

[ 0 ] April 11, 2016 |

via THE BRITISH LIBRARY on APRIL 7, 2016:  The British Library’s oldest Qur’ān manuscript, Or.2165, dating from the eighth century, has now been fully digitised and is available on the British Library’s Digitised Manuscripts site. Among the most ancient copies of the Qurʼān, it comprises 121 folios containing over two-thirds of the complete text and […]

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Jonathan Wyrtzen on ‘Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity’ (Book Q & A)

Jonathan Wyrtzen on ‘Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] March 14, 2016 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 12, 2016:  The motto of the Kingdom of Morocco is “Allah, al-Watan, al-Malik” (God, the Nation, the King). This motto was the spark for Yale University professor Jonathan Wyrtzen’s new book, Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention […]

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Didem Havlioglu Talks Mihri Hatun, Ottoman Literature, Turkish Language

Didem Havlioglu Talks Mihri Hatun, Ottoman Literature, Turkish Language

[ 0 ] March 9, 2016 |

Below is an Interview with Duke’s new Turkish lecturing fellow, Didem Havlioglu by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 30, 2015:  Didem Havlioglu, a new Turkish Lecturing Fellow in the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University, did her MA and PhD at the University of Washington, Seattle in Near and […]

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“No Matter How Bad it Gets, Don’t Come Back”

“No Matter How Bad it Gets, Don’t Come Back”

[ 1 ] February 29, 2016 |

Afghan Refugee Gulwali Passarlay Opens Up About His Remarkable Year-Long Journey to the UK, in Conversation with Duke Students  by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 29, 2016:  “Before I died, I contemplated how drowning would feel. It was clear to me now; this was how I would go: away from my mother’s warmth, […]

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LISTEN: Kishwar Rizvi on “The Transnational Mosque” in the Middle East

[ 0 ] February 22, 2016 |

by SHERALI TAREEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on FEBRUARY 8, 2016:  In her excellent new book The Transnational Mosque: Architecture and Historical Memory in the Contemporary Middle East (UNC Press, 2015), Kishwar Rizvi, Associate Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, interrogates the interaction of history, memory, and architecture by exploring […]

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Islam and the Cold War Baroque (a book review)

Islam and the Cold War Baroque (a book review)

[ 0 ] February 16, 2016 |

by RAZA RUMI for THE FRIDAY TIMES on AUGUST 14, 2015:  As the world moves into a maddening phase of Islam versus the West, Pakistani academic Sadia Abbas presents a layered narrative in her book, At Freedom’s Limit: Islam and the Postcolonial Predicament (Fordham University Press, New York), on the contours of a new, imagined […]

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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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