Category: i-Comment

Maha Elgenaidi on Addressing Islamophobia, One Person at a Time

Maha Elgenaidi on Addressing Islamophobia, One Person at a Time

[ 0 ] June 30, 2015 |

“We need more than the law to combat what are often deep-seated prejudices and attitudes that are the root causes of discrimination… Face-to-face interaction, education, and inter religious engagement are key to breaking the grip of Islamophobia in this country.” — Maha Elgenaidi, CEO of the Islamic Networks Group (ING)  by Maha Elgenaidi for iSLAMiCommentary on JUNE […]

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Has Hospitality Turned to “Hostipitality” for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon ? (by miriam cooke)

Has Hospitality Turned to “Hostipitality” for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon ? (by miriam cooke)

[ 0 ] June 26, 2015 |

Unable to find shelter in Lebanese areas, many Syrian refugees have fled to overcrowded Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, where the UN and NGOs, with scarce resources, try to help by miriam cooke for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 26, 2015: The curtain opens on a makeshift classroom somewhere in Lebanon. Chalked on a blackboard: “We sing the chorus […]

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The Opportunity Costs of Islamophobia: The Missionary-State Alliance against Volga-Ural Muslim Activism in the Late Russian Empire (Book Essay)

The Opportunity Costs of Islamophobia: The Missionary-State Alliance against Volga-Ural Muslim Activism in the Late Russian Empire (Book Essay)

[ 0 ] June 26, 2015 |

    EDITOR’S NOTE: In a previous piece, Mustafa Tuna, Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian and Central Eurasian History and Culture at Duke, discussed his new book “Imperial Russia’s Muslims: Empire, Islam, and European Modernity 1788-1914″ (Cambridge University Press, June 2015) with ISLAMiCommentary — carrying his insights about the opportunity costs of Islamophobia […]

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WATCH: Prof. Sahar Aziz Comments on Morsi Death Sentence

WATCH: Prof. Sahar Aziz Comments on Morsi Death Sentence

[ 0 ] June 17, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN via AL-JAZEERA and AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL on JUNE 17, 2015:  Sahar Aziz, associate professor at Texas A&M School of Law, offers her political analysis of the death sentence (death by hanging) issued against former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and its adverse impact on the future of democracy in Egypt.  Is it political […]

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Mustafa Tuna on Imperial Russia’s Muslims & the Opportunity Costs of Islamophobia (Book Q & A)

Mustafa Tuna on Imperial Russia’s Muslims & the Opportunity Costs of Islamophobia (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] June 16, 2015 |

“The overall consensus seems to be that the assimilationist policies of the tsarist state in late imperial Russia lay at the foundation of the bitterness that characterized the tsarist central state establishment’s relations with the Volga-Ural Muslims, and especially their elites… Hasty attempts to forge a nation-state out of a multiconfessional, multilingual, and multiethnic empire […]

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“The Gaza Kitchen: Cuisine, Resistance, and Remembrance in Palestine” with Laila El-Haddad

“The Gaza Kitchen: Cuisine, Resistance, and Remembrance in Palestine” with Laila El-Haddad

[ 0 ] June 12, 2015 |

“Heedless of both 100-degree heat and power outage, the cooperative’s members peel pumpkins and marinate chickens, fry eggplants and crush garlic in a whir of activity. While all hands are at work, the conversation ranges from thyroid troubles to daughter-in-law, from the ravages of the most recent war to the correct candying of carrots. And […]

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Voters to Erdogan: “Not so fast” (by Bahar Leventoglu)

Voters to Erdogan: “Not so fast” (by Bahar Leventoglu)

[ 0 ] June 8, 2015 |

by BAHAR LEVENTOGLU for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 8, 2015:  Turkish democracy, as every other democracy, works in interesting ways. In 1983, the voters voted for the only civilian party in general elections — signaling to the military that it was time to go back to the barracks. Similarly, after a decade of failing coalition governments […]

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Duke Students & Moroccan Students Meet in Marrakesh; Talk Global Citizenship

Duke Students & Moroccan Students Meet in Marrakesh; Talk Global Citizenship

[ 0 ] June 8, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 8, 2015:  Eight Duke students enrolled in the program “Duke in the Arab World 2015″ — currently being held in Morocco — participated in a mini-conference on May 31 and June 1 on Global Citizenship with Moroccan students studying English in Marrakesh at the American Learning Center (ALC) […]

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WATCH Obama: “The Intl. Community Does Not Believe that Israel is Serious About a Two-State Solution”

WATCH Obama: “The Intl. Community Does Not Believe that Israel is Serious About a Two-State Solution”

[ 0 ] June 4, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 4, 2015:  Watch excerpts (above) from an interview this week with President Obama on Israeli TV Channel 2 (via Haaretz YouTube channel). Among topics he discussed in the wide-ranging interview: the Israeli-Palestinian peace process; Israel’s security concerns and the US commitment to that security; prospects for a two-state solution […]

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Victory for Religious Liberty: SCOTUS Rules in Favor of Muslim Denied Job Due to Headscarf

[ 0 ] June 1, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 1, 2015: A historic ruling for religious liberty/religious accommodation today by the Supreme Court. See below for comments including from legal scholars, interest organizations, and opinion leaders. ———- Supreme Court Rules in Favor of EEOC in Abercrombie Religious Discrimination Case: Employers Cannot Refuse to Hire Applicants Based […]

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