Category: i-Comment

Omid Safi New Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center

Omid Safi New Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center

[ 1 ] July 22, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, for DUKE TODAY on JULY 22, 2014:  Omid Safi, (pictured) a prominent Islamic studies professor and scholar, joined the faculty of Duke this month as director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC). As the new William and Bettye Martin Musham Director for Islamic Studies, Safi will oversee DISC, […]

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Mainstream Media Bias: Does Social Media Have the Power to Turn the Tide ?

Mainstream Media Bias: Does Social Media Have the Power to Turn the Tide ?

[ 0 ] July 22, 2014 |

Above is coverage of the Israel-Gaza conflict on July 21 on MSNBC’s Hardball. NBC’s Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel gives a frank answer as to how much of a “pinpoint” operation the Israeli incursion into Gaza actually is. (If it doesn’t play CLICK HERE) by *JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 22, 2014 *updated July 24, 2014:  There’s […]

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Looking Beyond the ‘Safety’ of the Hate Narrative

Looking Beyond the ‘Safety’ of the Hate Narrative

[ 0 ] July 18, 2014 |

Northwestern University Professor and Vice President of Kids4Peace International Yakir Englander on the Urgency of Deeper Healing in Israel/Palestine by Yakir Englander for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 18, 2014: Serious illness calls for first aid, then sometimes surgery, followed by healing the source of the disease. If you ask which is most important, I’d say you can’t have one […]

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China to Uyghurs: Eat, Don’t Fast for Ramadan

China to Uyghurs: Eat, Don’t Fast for Ramadan

[ 0 ] July 15, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 15, 2014:    The common saying that “you are what you eat” suggests that food is closely tied to one’s social identity—and what one eats and when can often be key indicators of particular ethnic and/or religious traditions. Therefore, the gradual erosion of a […]

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Islamic State (formerly ISIS) Calls for Death of Comic Book Creator Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa

Islamic State (formerly ISIS) Calls for Death of Comic Book Creator Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa

[ 1 ] July 14, 2014 |

Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 14, 2014: In a series of posts to Twitter in early July, the Islamic extremist group known as Islamic State (formerly ISIS) called for the death of Kuwaiti-born Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, the creator of the superhero comic book The […]

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Kevin Fogg on the Indonesian Election Aftermath

Kevin Fogg on the Indonesian Election Aftermath

[ 0 ] July 11, 2014 |

by KEVIN W. FOGG  for ISLAMIC HISTORY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA (his blog) on JULY 11, 2014:  The Indonesian presidential election is entering a new round of competition after an overall very successful day of voting on Wednesday. This new phase will involve machinations among the political elite, lots of bureaucratic churning, and intense activity among […]

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Laïcité, French Hypocrisy, and the ECHR Ruling on the Niqab (Claudia Koonz)

Laïcité, French Hypocrisy, and the ECHR Ruling on the Niqab (Claudia Koonz)

[ 1 ] July 10, 2014 |

If the French nation is truly secular, why does it not purge its Catholic national favoritism? After all, only about 20 percent of all French people consider themselves devout.   by CLAUDIA KOONZ for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 10, 2014:  The recent European Court of Human Rights decision to uphold the French ban against niqabs (full-faced veils, showing only […]

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‘Never Wholly Other’: The Qur’an and Religious Pluralism in America (Jerusha Lamptey)

‘Never Wholly Other’: The Qur’an and Religious Pluralism in America (Jerusha Lamptey)

[ 1 ] July 9, 2014 |

by JERUSHA T. LAMPTEY for ISLAMiCommentary on July 9, 2014: In the United States, interreligious collaboration has grown substantially in the last decade. While not triggered by September 11th, the horrific tragedy and trauma of that day certainly increased awareness of the need for interreligious collaboration. This has led to many interfaith dialogues aimed at […]

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Scholars Size Up Indonesia’s Presidential Election

Scholars Size Up Indonesia’s Presidential Election

[ 0 ] July 9, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on JULY 9, 2014:  Today’s presidential election in Indonesia pitted Jakarta governor Joko (Jokowi) Widodo (a former furniture exporter) against Prabowo Subianto, a former general and a former son-in-law of Suharto “with a checkered human rights record“, in what The Guardian called “the tightest and most divisive presidential election since the downfall […]

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Five Years Since the Release of ‘New Muslim Cool’: Hispanic Muslims Growing Segment of U.S. Muslim Religious Culture

Five Years Since the Release of ‘New Muslim Cool’: Hispanic Muslims Growing Segment of U.S. Muslim Religious Culture

[ 0 ] June 28, 2014 |

» SPECIAL REPORT by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 28, 2014 *updated July 10, 2014:  A train painted with graffiti of an American flag rolls through the streets of North Pittsburgh. Smokestacks are visible. There’s the sound of an ambulance, which fades into the opening lyrics of “Days End,” a rap song by […]

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