Category: Books

Ehab Galal on “Arab TV-Audiences: Negotiating Religion and Identity” (Book Essay)

Ehab Galal on “Arab TV-Audiences: Negotiating Religion and Identity” (Book Essay)

[ 0 ] January 18, 2015 |

by EHAB GALAL for ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN on JANUARY 19, 2014: Scholarly interest in Arab media has increased dramatically over the past two decades, especially since the advent of the Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera in 1996, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the global conflicts that followed this tragedy. Arab media are increasingly seen as global […]

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Muslim-Jewish Coexistence: Mark Cohen on its History and Relevance Today

Muslim-Jewish Coexistence: Mark Cohen on its History and Relevance Today

[ 0 ] January 14, 2015 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE  for ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 13, 2015:  (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) History is a witness to the close relationship between Muslims and Jews. That was the message Profesor Mark R. Cohen delivered in two lectures at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last month on the […]

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The Quran in Conversation: Hearing Diverse Voices in American Islam (Ken Chitwood/Michael Birkel)

The Quran in Conversation: Hearing Diverse Voices in American Islam (Ken Chitwood/Michael Birkel)

[ 0 ] January 9, 2015 |

by KEN CHITWOOD for KENCHITWOOD.COM on JANUARY 5, 2015:  Just over half of Americans (54%) know that the Qur’an is Islam’s holy book. Based on that number, it is likely that much less have much knowledge of its contents or if they do, they only know what is given to them by popular pundits, mainstream media, […]

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Ken Chitwood: How a Novel Can Help Us Navigate Religious, Ethnic, Tension in Europe

[ 0 ] January 8, 2015 |

by KEN CHITWOOD for KENCHITWOOD.COM on JANUARY 8, 2015: The news coming out of Europe this week is disparaging. On Wednesday January 7, 2015 the headlines read, “TERROR IN PARIS.” As CNN reported, “Hooded, black-clad gunmen burst into the office of provocative French satirical magazine ‘Charlie Hebdo’…killing 12 — an attack that could be a game […]

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Seven New Books to Look for in Early 2015 (Arabic Literature in English)

[ 0 ] December 29, 2014 |

by M. LYNX QUALEY for ARABIC LITERATURE (IN ENGLISH) on DECEMBER 24, 2014:  A recommended selection of books forthcoming in early 2015: The Book of the Sultan’s Seal: Strange Incidents from History in the City of Mars, by Youssef Rakha, trans. Paul Starkey. Interlink. A ground-breaking title. From the publisher: It’s hard to imagine a debut more thrilling […]

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WATCH: Elif Shafak– The Politics of Fiction

WATCH: Elif Shafak– The Politics of Fiction

[ 0 ] December 15, 2014 |

Elif Shafak has a new book out called “The Architect’s Apprentice” — “an exuberant tale of a young boy’s twisting fortunes in 16th-century Istanbul” which “conveys deeper truths about human experience.” (reviewed by Rebecca Abrams in The Financial Times). Watch Shafak’s 2010 TED Talk above.  via TED, JULY 2010:  Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them […]

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Sarah Ager on Reclaiming the Radical Feminism of the Qur’an

[ 0 ] November 20, 2014 |

by SARAH AGER for THE GIRL GOD (BLOG) on NOVEMBER 19, 2014:  “As a feminist, how could you willingly subject yourself to such a misogynistic religion?” It’s disheartening to think how many times I’ve been asked this question since I converted to Islam. However, given my own misgivings towards the status of women in Islam […]

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Genius Denied and Reclaimed: A 40-Year Retrospect on Marshall G.S. Hodgson’s “The Venture of Islam” (by Bruce Lawrence)

Genius Denied and Reclaimed: A 40-Year Retrospect on Marshall G.S. Hodgson’s “The Venture of Islam” (by Bruce Lawrence)

[ 0 ] November 12, 2014 |

Bruce B. Lawrence celebrates Marshall Hodgson’s moral vision by BRUCE LAWRENCE for MARGINALIA (AT LA REVIEW OF BOOKS) on NOVEMBER 11, 2014:  Marshall Hodgson was both a genius and a visionary. While he may have seemed to be just another university professor, at once restless, innovative, and genial, he was also an academic Übermensch with […]

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The Green Call: A Narrative of the Iranian Green Movement (by Mohsen Kadivar)

The Green Call: A Narrative of the Iranian Green Movement (by Mohsen Kadivar)

[ 0 ] November 10, 2014 |

The Green Call: A Narrative of the Iranian Green Movement Volume I: Papers, Letters and Declarations (2009-2014) Nedaye Sabz Rawayati as Jonbesh-e Sabz-e Mardom-e Iran Jeld-e Awwal: Neweshtarha (1388-93) Mohsen Kadivar (1959- ) E-book : November 2014 (preface below)  478 Pages — Download Full book in Persian  by MOHSEN KADIVAR (self-published book/on his blog), NOVEMBER 2014:  […]

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Omnia El Shakry on “The Arabic Freud”

Omnia El Shakry on “The Arabic Freud”

[ 0 ] November 6, 2014 |

by ALI ALTAF MIAN for ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 6, 2014: Is Sigmund Freud a stranger to the robust intellectual scenes of the modern Middle East? Is there mutual ignorance between Islam and psychoanalysis? Do only secular Arab thinkers invoke Western discourses of suspicion, such as psychoanalysis? In a forthcoming monograph, provisionally titled The Arabic Freud, UC-Davis […]

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