Category: i-Comment

The PATRIOT Act Can’t Keep America Safe from Right-Wing Violence (by Charles Kurzman)

The PATRIOT Act Can’t Keep America Safe from Right-Wing Violence (by Charles Kurzman)

[ 0 ] May 27, 2015 |

by CHARLES KURZMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 27, 2015:  With the “USA PATRIOT Act” set to expire at the end of the month, you might expect supporters of domestic surveillance to tout the take-down of the biggest plot of violent extremism America has experienced so far this year. Not the plot by two men who […]

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Rebecca Stein on “Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age” (Book Q & A)

Rebecca Stein on “Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age” (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] May 21, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary  — Q & A with REBECCA STEIN — on MAY 18, 2015: Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age (Stanford University Press, April 2015), by scholars Adi Kunstman and Rebecca Stein, has been called “a pioneering book, showing how information and communication technologies have turned into wartime arsenals, and […]

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ISIS Control of Palmyra Sends ‘Shockwaves’ Through Archaeological Community

ISIS Control of Palmyra Sends ‘Shockwaves’ Through Archaeological Community

[ 0 ] May 21, 2015 |

  compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 21, 2015:  ISIS militants captured the historic city of Palmyra in Syria this week and were reported today to have entered the archaeological ruins there — what UNESCO has named a world heritage site. Watch the BBC report above.  Professors Carol Myers, Eric Meyers, and Kevin Butcher […]

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Carla Power on an Unlikely Friendship & Journey to the Heart of the Quran (Book Q & A)

Carla Power on an Unlikely Friendship & Journey to the Heart of the Quran (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] May 15, 2015 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 15, 2015: Great journalists invite us to be companions with them on their journeys to extraordinary places. Carla Power offers such an invitation in her new book, If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey […]

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WATCH: Global Norms, Geopolitics, and the Evolution of Minority Politics in Turkey

WATCH: Global Norms, Geopolitics, and the Evolution of Minority Politics in Turkey

[ 0 ] May 13, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary/TIRN on MAY 13, 2015:  Michael Reynolds, an Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, presented on “Global Norms, Geopolitics, and the Evolution of Minority Politics in Turkey” at the March 19, 2015 workshop “Turkish Reasonable Accommodations: From Multiculturalism to Secular Nationalism and Back.” “Often in analyses […]

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WATCH: The Cosmo-Politics of Nostalgia — Istanbul, Identity, and Difference

WATCH: The Cosmo-Politics of Nostalgia — Istanbul, Identity, and Difference

[ 0 ] May 11, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary/TIRN on MAY 6, 2015:  Nora Fisher Onar is a Research Associate of the Centre for International Studies of the University of Oxford and a Transatlantic Fellow of the German Marshall Fund in Washington DC. Fisher Onar presented “The Cosmo-Politics of Nostalgia: Istanbul, Identity, and Difference” at the March […]

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How the Occupation of Istanbul Shaped the Modern Middle East

How the Occupation of Istanbul Shaped the Modern Middle East

[ 0 ] May 5, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary for DUKE TODAY on APRIL 20, 2015:  DURHAM, NC – At the end of World War I, the defeated capital of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul, was “a city of poverty and refugees” with a multi-ethnic population of 1 million, with 100,000 refugees including Balkan Muslims, Russians, Crimean and Caucasian […]

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Scholars & US Muslim Thought Leaders React to Prophet Muhammad Cartoon Contest Shootings

[ 1 ] May 4, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 4, 2015:  Two gunmen were shot dead last night after opening fire outside an exhibit/contest highlighting cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad in Garland, TX (a suburb of Dallas). Police raided the home of one of the suspected gunman today.  A security guard, injured in the shooting, was later released. (Click […]

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US Muslim Groups React to Freddie Gray Death, Baltimore Violence

[ 0 ] April 29, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 29, 2015 * Updated April 30, with new statements:  Here is a compilation of statements (in chronological order) from various US Muslim groups on the death of Freddie Gray, the violence in Baltimore, and the underlying issues of poverty, oppression, racism, police brutality, and discrimination: ———- […]

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WATCH: Lessons from Malcolm X for Civil Rights Protestors Today

WATCH: Lessons from Malcolm X for Civil Rights Protestors Today

[ 0 ] April 28, 2015 |

Members of the Nation of Islam (led now by Louis Farrakhan) were on the ground during the Ferguson protests last year and the Baltimore riots (last night) trying to help restore order. Here is an interview, taped this winter, with two professors who have studied former NOI leader Malcolm X.   This video was produced by […]

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