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‘Cairo in One Breath’ : The Adhan at a Moment of Transformation (Film Premieres at Full Frame)

‘Cairo in One Breath’ : The Adhan at a Moment of Transformation (Film Premieres at Full Frame)

[ 0 ] March 26, 2015 |

  “Set to the backdrop of a shifting political environment, with one constant – the adhan —Cairo in One Breath functions as a new way to explore the Middle East and Islam, towards broadening inter-cultural understanding and promoting tolerance, while giving international voice to the muezzins of Cairo. The film serves as a powerful antidote […]

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WATCH: Maytha AlHassen on Malcolm X, #BlackLivesMatter & the Middle East

WATCH: Maytha AlHassen on Malcolm X, #BlackLivesMatter & the Middle East

[ 0 ] March 20, 2015 |

This video was produced by Julie Poucher Harbin of ISLAMiCommentary and Catherine Angst of the John Hope Franklin Center as part of the ISLAMiCommentary Field Reports series. by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 20, 2015:  I interviewed Maytha Alhassen, a University of Southern California (USC) Provost Ph.D. Fellow in American Studies and Ethnicity […]

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WATCH: Scholars Reflect on the Legacy of Malcolm X (Part 3, inc. conference videos)

WATCH: Scholars Reflect on the Legacy of Malcolm X (Part 3, inc. conference videos)

[ 0 ] March 20, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 20, 2015:  February 21, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of one of the most iconic leaders of the 20th century, Malcolm X El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. His life — as a black figure, as a Muslim figure, and as an international figure — and legacy have gotten widespread media […]

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The Israeli Elections: So Much for the Peace Process…

The Israeli Elections: So Much for the Peace Process…

[ 0 ] March 18, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 18, 2015:  Here is a compilation of reactions and analyses of the results of yesterday’s elections in Israel: ———- Palestinians Want World Pressure On Israel After Netanyahu Win (Nidal Reutersal-Mughrabi and Ali Sawafta/Reuters via Huffington Post, March 18, 2015) EXCERPT: GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Bank, March 18 (Reuters) – Palestinian […]

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Facing Down Anti-Muslim Bigotry Through Faith in America (by David Schanzer)

Facing Down Anti-Muslim Bigotry Through Faith in America (by David Schanzer)

[ 3 ] March 16, 2015 |

Duke professor David Schanzer has shared with ISLAMiCommentary, below, his prepared remarks to the Islamic Association of Raleigh (NC) this weekend during their annual open house “Welcome to my Mosque. ” The open house was presented as “an opportunity for  friends and neighbors from other faiths to know about Islam.” Schanzer was invited to speak on Islamophobia. About 200 people were […]

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“Lives in Common”: Menachem Klein on his Latest Book & Prospects for Peace in Israel/Palestine

“Lives in Common”: Menachem Klein on his Latest Book & Prospects for Peace in Israel/Palestine

[ 0 ] March 16, 2015 |

“Only few Israelis and Palestinians see their counterparts as equal human beings with the same collective and individual rights. The Israeli elections may bring new political leadership, but this leadership should introduce this missing perspective, not follow the right wing governments in seeing the Palestinians and other Arab – Muslim societies as an existential threat […]

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Iran’s Role in the Battle to Take Back Tikrit from ISIS (a compilation)

[ 0 ] March 12, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 12, 2014 *updated with more on MARCH 15, 2015 : It’s worth drawing attention to two interesting pieces in the past 24 hours on Iran’s role in the battle of the Iraqi army to take back Tikrit from ISIS: This from Time (magazine) about yesterday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on […]

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The US First Lady Celebrates Nowruz with Leaders from within America’s Iranian Community

The US First Lady Celebrates Nowruz with Leaders from within America’s Iranian Community

[ 1 ] March 11, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary:  On March 11, 2015, First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed several members of  America’s Iranian community a celebration of the Persian New Year, Nowruz, at the White House, including Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center Omid Safi. “We’ve got leaders here from our businesses and our schools, government, […]

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Negar Mottahedeh & Phil Bennett Screen Jon Stewart’s Iran Movie “Rosewater” Mar. 17

Negar Mottahedeh & Phil Bennett Screen Jon Stewart’s Iran Movie “Rosewater” Mar. 17

[ 0 ] March 11, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary for DUKE TODAY/ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 11, 2015: DURHAM, NC – Film theorist Negar Mottahedeh and journalist Phil Bennett, both Duke University professors, will hold a public Q & A on Tuesday, March 17, following a 7 p.m. screening of “Rosewater” at the Griffith Film Theater. The directorial debut of […]

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WATCH: The Syrian Art World After 2011– presented by miriam cooke

WATCH: The Syrian Art World After 2011– presented by miriam cooke

[ 0 ] March 9, 2015 |

via JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER AT DUKE UNIVERSITY/YOUTUBE on MARCH 2, 2015:  Director of the Duke University Middle East Studies Center and Braxton Craven Professor of Arab Cultures miriam Cooke gave a talk earlier this month on some of the artists working in Syria today. Above is a clip from the talk, which includes her descriptions of artwork […]

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