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Is Turkey in a “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t” Situation?

Is Turkey in a “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t” Situation?

[ 0 ] October 21, 2014 |

by BAHAR LEVENTOGLU for ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 21, 2014:  In a dramatic policy shift, Turkey decided Monday to allow Iraqi Kurdish forces, the peshmerga, to cross the Turkish border into Syria to help fight Islamic State militants in the Kurdish town of Kobani — under siege by ISIS for nearly a month. This came hours after […]

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Big Expectations, Human Rights Challenges Ahead for Indonesia’s New President

Big Expectations, Human Rights Challenges Ahead for Indonesia’s New President

[ 2 ] October 17, 2014 |

So much for ‘Invisible’ Indonesia: Joko Widodo will be inaugurated as the new president of Indonesia on October 20, carrying with him the hopes of his nation and the world.  (Above) Indonesian journalist/human rights activist Ahmady speaks with UNC-Chapel Hill geography professor Christian Lentz about the latest developments in Indonesia. by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary […]

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Kecia Ali on ‘The Lives of Muhammad’ (Book Q & A)

Kecia Ali on ‘The Lives of Muhammad’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] October 9, 2014 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 9, 2014:  The life of Prophet Muhammad has inspired the development of a vast body of literature over the centuries. Kecia Ali takes a look at this diverse literature in her new book, The Lives of […]

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What Is the Muslim Comic Book?

What Is the Muslim Comic Book?

[ 0 ] October 9, 2014 |

Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 8, 2014: In 2005, I self-published a black-and-white version of The Lone and Level Sands, my graphic novel (long before it was retouched, colorized, and turned into a hardcover edition from Archaia Entertainment) with artist mpMann on the […]

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Aisha: Mother of the Faithful

Aisha: Mother of the Faithful

[ 0 ] October 3, 2014 |

Muhammad grieved Khadija deeply, but he did not remain unmarried for long. A matchmaker approached him and offered to find him a new wife. Did he want a woman who had been previously married or one who never had? She had in mind Sawda, fairly recently widowed, or Aisha, daughter of his intimate friend and […]

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Freedom of Expression for Some (by Haiyun Ma and I-wei Jennifer Chang)

Freedom of Expression for Some (by Haiyun Ma and I-wei Jennifer Chang)

[ 0 ] September 30, 2014 |

Chinese academic given life in prison for Uyghur website while radical Han separatist and nationalist web site flourishes by HAIYUN MA and JENNIFER I-WEI CHANG for ISLAMiCommentary: The sentencing of a Uyghur economics professor, Ilham Tohti, on September 23 shocked many people including human rights groups and scholars of Xinjiang studies. Mr. Tohti, a critic […]

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Challenges Ahead for New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah

Challenges Ahead for New Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and CEO Abdullah Abdullah

[ 0 ] September 30, 2014 |

above Ted Talk by Ashraf Ghani — “How to Build a Broken State” — was filmed in July 2005.  compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on September 30, 2014:  Ashraf Ghani — a former Johns Hopkins anthropology professor, former Afghanistan Minister of Finance and advisor at the World Bank, and co-founder of the Institute for State […]

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ISLAMiCommentary Celebrates Two Years!

ISLAMiCommentary Celebrates Two Years!

[ 1 ] September 29, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on September 29, 2014: Though many months in the planning, ISLAMiCommentary officially launched in October 2012. An outgrowth of the Carnegie Corporation of New York-supported Transcultural Islam Project, this forum for public scholarship is thriving and continues to grow. A humble to thank you to all of our readers, Facebook, […]

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American Muslims by State; Highest Percentages in Maryland and New York

American Muslims by State; Highest Percentages in Maryland and New York

[ 0 ] September 26, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN via AMERICAN VALUES ATLAS (2013 DATA), SEPTEMBER 26, 2014:  Check out this new online atlas — The American Values Atlas — launched this year by the Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Social Science Research Solutions (SSRS). You can go to this site and  plug in the names of various religious affiliations and […]

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‘Airstrikes Will Erode ISIS Firepower’ But Will Ground Forces Be Needed?

‘Airstrikes Will Erode ISIS Firepower’ But Will Ground Forces Be Needed?

[ 0 ] September 23, 2014 |

compiled (from news tip) by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on SEPTEMBER 23, 2014:  The United States military and Arab allies began airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria early this morning. President Obama said the strikes “make clear to the world that this is not America’s fight alone.” Duke legal expert and former Air Force major general Charlie […]

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