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Duke Students Create Their Own “Arab Spring” Graffiti on Campus as Part of Class

Duke Students Create Their Own “Arab Spring” Graffiti on Campus as Part of Class

[ 0 ] April 15, 2014 |

by ElIZA WARNER for ISLAMiCommentary and DUKE TODAY on APRIL 15, 2014:  The graffiti I painted (above) at the east campus bridge was inspired by the events occurring in the Middle East since 2010. In “The Arab Spring” (PoliSci 222), a course covering the developing issues in the region taught by Duke professors Abdeslam Maghraoui […]

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Joel S. Migdal on “Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East” (Book Q & A)

Joel S. Migdal on “Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East” (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] April 11, 2014 |

Column » By the Book by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 11, 2014:  Joel S. Migdal is one of America’s leading scholars on the Middle East, and his scholarship is on display in his new book, Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East (Columbia University Press, 2014).  Shifting Sands is an […]

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Editor’s Notebook: Tunisia’s New Constitution

Editor’s Notebook: Tunisia’s New Constitution

[ 0 ] April 10, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on APRIL 10, 2014:  This week Tunisian blogger, investigative journalist and activist Olfa Riahi is donating a signed copy of the new constitution of Tunisia and several books on Tunisian history, politics and revolution to the Duke University Libraries.  Riahi has been at Duke taking part in a month-long Media […]

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An Iraqi Scholar-In-Exile Laments an Arab World “In the Age of Decay”

An Iraqi Scholar-In-Exile Laments an Arab World “In the Age of Decay”

[ 0 ] April 7, 2014 |

by ABDUL SATTAR JAWAD for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 7, 2014: For many observers, including scholars, the uprisings in the Arab world in 2011 — commonly referred to as the Arab Spring — came unexpectedly and soon entered the global vocabulary as a Middle Eastern movement for justice and equality. Major world media outlets championed the […]

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Omar Offendum Joins Duke MSA Students in “Slam for Syria”

Omar Offendum Joins Duke MSA Students in “Slam for Syria”

[ 0 ] April 7, 2014 |

You are my … (Destiny) its hard livin in the West – when I know the East got the best of me … (Destiny) could be lookin in my eyes – but you’ll never really see the rest of me … (Destiny) can you hear me “maseeri” (my destiny)? … bi-lingual’s what im blessed to […]

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India’s Elections and the Muslim Vote

India’s Elections and the Muslim Vote

[ 0 ] April 6, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on APRIL 6, 2014: Indians start voting in the world’s biggest ever election on Monday, April 7, with Hindu hardliner Narendra Modi, a frontrunner for premier who has promised to revive the economy. AFP reports that Modi “accused India’s ruling Congress party on the eve of the vote […]

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After the Falter: What’s Next for the Peace Process ? (a compilation)

After the Falter: What’s Next for the Peace Process ? (a compilation)

[ 0 ] April 4, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on APRIL 4, 2014:  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry canceled a meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas planned for Wednesday in the Palestinian capital of Ramallah after a surprise move by the Palestinian leader to sign 15 international conventions. Abbas signed applications as the “State of Palestine” to join U.N. agencies […]

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A Snapshot of Multi-Cultural France, 125 Years Since the Eiffel Tower Welcomed the World to Paris

A Snapshot of Multi-Cultural France, 125 Years Since the Eiffel Tower Welcomed the World to Paris

[ 0 ] March 31, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on MARCH 31, 2014:  The Eiffel Tower, an icon of France turns 125 today. Designed by Gustave Eiffel to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, it became the symbol of the World’s Fair in Paris that year. France and the world are, of course, much changed since 1889. […]

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French Muslim Rappers Pay Tribute to Their Religious Culture, and Assert Their French Identity

French Muslim Rappers Pay Tribute to Their Religious Culture, and Assert Their French Identity

[ 0 ] March 31, 2014 |

by AMBER WATSON for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 31, 2014: Ni violeur ni terroriste, c’est pour les ghettos qui montrent par l’exemple, les banlieues qui s’accrochent à la rampe Ni violeur ni terroriste, c’est pour les Hommes et les djinns, les hijabs et les jeans, Aboubakr et Médine –—  Médine (feat Aboubakr) “Ni violeur ni terroriste,” […]

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Maud S. Mandel on ‘Muslims and Jews in France’ (Book Q &A)

Maud S. Mandel on ‘Muslims and Jews in France’ (Book Q &A)

[ 0 ] March 31, 2014 |

Column » By the Book by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 31, 2014:  What are the historical roots and narratives of conflict between Muslims and Jews in postcolonial France?  Historian Maud S. Mandel takes a look at this question in her significant and timely book, Muslims and Jews in France: History of a […]

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