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Top 20 Most-Read ISLAMiCommentary Pieces (2012-2016)

Top 20 Most-Read ISLAMiCommentary Pieces (2012-2016)

[ 0 ] May 26, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 26, 2016:  Our ISLAMiCommentary web site, managed out of the Duke Islamic Studies Center in partnership with the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations at UNC-Chapel Hill, will cease production on June 30, 2016, with the end of the grant from […]

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Nicolas Pelham on ‘Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East’ (Book Q & A)

Nicolas Pelham on ‘Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] May 23, 2016 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 23, 2016:  How did the rise of nation-states in the 20th century doom religious diversity and pluralism in the Middle East?  And, can pluralism be recovered to heal and transform the Middle East?  Veteran journalist Nicolas […]

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A Small Study Abroad Experience by Allison Kam (in words and photos)

A Small Study Abroad Experience by Allison Kam (in words and photos)

[ 1 ] May 19, 2016 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 19, 2016: (Allison Kam, November 18, 2015, writing on Facebook): Saturday morning I woke up at 4:45am to go to Eyüp Sultan Mosque to pray with my new Turkish friends. To be honest, I was surprised that they had volunteered to do all of this… to […]

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Mbaye Lo on “Muslim Institutions of Higher Education in Postcolonial Africa” (Book Q & A)

Mbaye Lo on “Muslim Institutions of Higher Education in Postcolonial Africa” (Book Q & A)

[ 1 ] May 10, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCOMMENTARY with MBAYE LO on MAY 10, 2016: Duke University Asian & Middle Eastern studies professor Mbayo Lo and University of Botswana theologian Muhammed Haron (a South African native) are the editors of a new book “Muslim Institutions of Higher Education in Postcolonial Africa” — published by Palgrave, Fall 2015. The […]

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WATCH: Trump Stands by His Call to Ban Muslims from Entering the U.S.

[ 0 ] May 4, 2016 |

Fears that hate crimes against American Muslims could continue to rise by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 4, 2016: Republican presidential candidate and likely GOP nominee, Donald Trump, joined the MSNBC program “Morning Joe” this morning to discuss his big Indiana win last night and where he goes from here. Program co-host Joe Scarborough pressed Trump on […]

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New Paper Examines Increasing Islamophobia in the Texas Public Sphere

New Paper Examines Increasing Islamophobia in the Texas Public Sphere

[ 0 ] May 2, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary via INSTITUTE FOR DIVERSITY AND CIVIC LIFE  on MAY 2, 2016:  The Institute for Diversity and Civic Life (IDCL) published a white paper last month entitled “Islamophobia in the Texas Public Sphere.” Texas is home to the largest Muslim population of any state in the country. Produced by Tiffany Puett, Simran Jeet […]

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Bibi’s Buddies: Singapore, Russia and Israel’s Turn to the Right

Bibi’s Buddies: Singapore, Russia and Israel’s Turn to the Right

[ 0 ] April 29, 2016 |

What it means for human rights and freedom of expression in Israel by SHALOM GOLDMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 29, 2016: Last week the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, spent four days in Israel as the very-well-received guest of the government. And, in a move unusual in the world of diplomacy, the Israeli government had […]

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For Scholars, No Easy Answers on World War I & the Transformation of the Middle East

For Scholars, No Easy Answers on World War I & the Transformation of the Middle East

[ 0 ] April 20, 2016 |

“We have to recognize that there are several shattered political visions that are still with us and there are several unhealed traumas or wounds – the Armenians, Kurds, Palestinians (for example)…we are still dealing with the long-term legacy of these unhealed wounds.” — Cemil Aydin, UNC-Chapel Hill by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on APRIL […]

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‘The Last Scholar’: Cheikh Moussa Kamara and the Condemnation of Jihad by the Sword

‘The Last Scholar’: Cheikh Moussa Kamara and the Condemnation of Jihad by the Sword

[ 0 ] April 19, 2016 |

a Scholar’s Notebook feature  by MBAYE LO for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 19, 2016: After 15 hours of traveling by buses, taxis and horse-drawn carriages, I finally arrived at a border village on the bank of the river that divides Senegal and Mauritania. The village of Ganguel Soulé is located in Fuuta Toro, a West African […]

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Graphic Novelist Joshua Dysart Spotlights the Darkness of Iraq with Living Level-3

Graphic Novelist Joshua Dysart Spotlights the Darkness of Iraq with Living Level-3

[ 0 ] April 14, 2016 |

Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 14, 2015: New York Times best-selling graphic novelist Joshua Dysart has written about serial killers, about superheroes, and about the supernatural. Now, with Living Level-3, he brings his talent for dark themes to the real-life humanitarian crisis in Iraq. […]

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