Category: i-Comment

ISLAMiCommentary On Break until August 18: Read Top 10 IC pieces from Past Year

ISLAMiCommentary On Break until August 18: Read Top 10 IC pieces from Past Year

[ 0 ] August 3, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 3, 2015:  ISLAMiCommentary will be on summer break from August 4- August 17. Thank you for your readership and continued support of this site. We are always open to new submissions. All original iComment pieces can be found here. Write ISLAMiCommentary@yahoo.com to inquire. Here’s a look at the top […]

Read More

Turkey, the Kurds & the Syrian Conflict (an analysis by Kubilay Arin)

Turkey, the Kurds & the Syrian Conflict (an analysis by Kubilay Arin)

[ 0 ] August 2, 2015 |

by KUBILAY YADO ARIN for ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 2, 2015:  According to the Turkish military, two Turkish soldiers were killed today and 31 wounded in a suicide attack in eastern Turkey near the border with Iran, reported major news outlets. The military blamed Kurdish militants from the PKK for the attack. Last weekend, as Turkish and […]

Read More

The Iran Deal and the Power of Rhetoric (by Shalom Goldman)

The Iran Deal and the Power of Rhetoric (by Shalom Goldman)

[ 0 ] July 30, 2015 |

by SHALOM GOLDMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 30, 2015:  Opinion polls and election results indicate that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s rhetoric — which compares the Islamic republic of Iran to the Nazi regime and the recently-signed accords with Iran (the P5+ 1 agreement ) to the Munich pact of 1938 — has played well within Israel. Netanyahu’s characterization of the agreement signed in […]

Read More

Kubilay Yado Arin: “Pressing Need for Compromise on Turkish-Kurdish Issue”

Kubilay Yado Arin: “Pressing Need for Compromise on Turkish-Kurdish Issue”

[ 0 ] July 27, 2015 |

UPDATE ON TUESDAY JULY 28:  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Ankara could not continue the peace process with the Kurds amid continuing attacks against Turkish targets. by **JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, with KUBILAY YADO ARIN, on JULY 27, 2015:  As Turkish and U.S. officials reportedly worked on a plan to […]

Read More

“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 […]

Read More

Same-Sex Relationships & the Fluidity of Marriage in Islamic History (by Ali A. Olomi)

Same-Sex Relationships & the Fluidity of Marriage in Islamic History (by Ali A. Olomi)

[ 5 ] July 17, 2015 |

One scholar’s response to Reza Aslan and Hasan Minhaj’s “Open Letter to American Muslims on Same Sex Marriage”  by ALI A. OLOMI for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 17, 2015: Since the legalization of same-sex marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26th 2015, various religious groups have responded to the ruling. Muslim Americans, who themselves […]

Read More

A New CVE Office in the Dept. of Homeland Security ? Debates Begin

[ 0 ] July 15, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 15, 2015:  (Above is video from CAIR/ Corey Saylor, director of CAIR’s Department to Monitor and Combat Islamophobia speaks about CAIR’s opposition to H.R. 2899, Countering Violent Extremism Act of 2015, now being debated in Congress. Link to CAIR brief on it’s views of CVE or countering violent extremism […]

Read More

Deal! A Nuclear Agreement is Reached With Iran (Reaction is Mixed)

Deal! A Nuclear Agreement is Reached With Iran (Reaction is Mixed)

[ 0 ] July 14, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 14, 2015: Iran and a group of six countries led by the U.S. announced a historic deal today that places limits on Tehran’s nuclear program in exchange for international oil and financial sanctions relief. A skeptical U.S. Congress will have about two months to review the […]

Read More

Pakistani Graphic Novel Combats Extremism via Comics App

Pakistani Graphic Novel Combats Extremism via Comics App

[ 0 ] July 8, 2015 |

“The challenge in Pakistan is to reach the target audience with our message before the extremist groups can push them towards a hard conversion to their ideology. With most recruits, this happens somewhere between age 12-18, while subtle indoctrination begins much earlier. We think showing the true face of terrorists and the end results of […]

Read More

WATCH: Safi and Akyol Discuss Political Islam in Turkey, Media Freedom, and the Turkish Elections

WATCH: Safi and Akyol Discuss Political Islam in Turkey, Media Freedom, and the Turkish Elections

[ 0 ] July 8, 2015 |

by CATHERINE ANGST and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for the JHFC/ISLAMiCommentary Field Reports series, on JULY 7, 2015 :  Mustafa Akyol, a leading Turkish journalist and political analyst sat down with Duke Islamic Studies Center Director Omid Safi in June at Duke to discuss political Islam in Turkey, media freedom in Turkey, and the recent Turkish […]

Read More