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Christmas and Muslims?

Christmas and Muslims?

[ 0 ] December 19, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on DECEMBER 19, 2014:  Muslims and Christmas? Here is a video, a couple of articles, and a resource about Muslims and the Christmas season. WATCH: Jews, Muslims and Christians in Jaffa Mark the Beginning of the Christmas Season (The Jerusalem Post, December 2014): EXCERPT: Arab Christians in the Israeli […]

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The Aftermath of Gaza & the Future of Two States: A Journalist’s Perspective

The Aftermath of Gaza & the Future of Two States: A Journalist’s Perspective

[ 0 ] December 17, 2014 |

“The French philosopher Ernest Renan once defined a nation as “a group of people united by a mistaken view about the past and a hatred of their neighbors.” And while that arguably applies to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, my sense is that the deterioration we are witnessing results from something else — the growing human distance […]

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Concerns that New DOJ Guidance on Profiling Don’t Go Far Enough

Concerns that New DOJ Guidance on Profiling Don’t Go Far Enough

[ 0 ] December 16, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on DECEMBER 16, 2014:   Last week (12/8) the Justice Department issued new guidelines forbidding federal law enforcement agencies from profiling on the basis of religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion and sexual orientation. (Profiling based on race and ethnicity was already prohibited.) The new guidance also applies […]

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The Attack in Australia, and a Show of Interfaith Solidarity with that Nation’s Muslims (a compilation)

The Attack in Australia, and a Show of Interfaith Solidarity with that Nation’s Muslims (a compilation)

[ 0 ] December 15, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 15, 2014:  A hostage crisis in Sydney, Australia has ended after a 17-hour siege by a lone gunman of the Lindt Chocolat Cafe in the city’s central business district. Various media were reporting that the gunman is Man Haron Monis — an Iranian-born refugee and self-described cleric who’s been in […]

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CIA Torture Report Released: Was the Agency’s Interrogation Program a Mistake?

CIA Torture Report Released: Was the Agency’s Interrogation Program a Mistake?

[ 0 ] December 9, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN on DECEMBER 9, 2014 :  Today the US Senate Intelligence Committee released an extensive report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. According to The Washington Post the “exhaustive, five-year Senate investigation of the CIA’s secret interrogations of terrorism suspects renders a strikingly bleak verdict of a program launched in the […]

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The Middle East Comic Book Anthology You’ve Never Read

The Middle East Comic Book Anthology You’ve Never Read

[ 0 ] December 5, 2014 |

Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels  by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 5, 2014:  You’ve likely never heard of Muqtatafaht. In fact, it was never published, and I take partial responsibility for that. In the Spring of 2011, I was invited by the Outreach Center at the Harvard University Center for Middle […]

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Ayesha Jalal on ‘The Struggle for Pakistan’ (Book Q & A)

Ayesha Jalal on ‘The Struggle for Pakistan’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] December 2, 2014 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 2, 2014:  Pakistan is a nation with a strong will to survive. It has endured political upheavals, ethnic discord, military dictatorships, and the challenges of religious extremism. In her new book, The Struggle for Pakistan: A […]

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Erdogan, American Muslims, and a Sense of Belonging: Would a ‘Muslim’ Discovery of America Have Made a Difference?

Erdogan, American Muslims, and a Sense of Belonging: Would a ‘Muslim’ Discovery of America Have Made a Difference?

[ 0 ] December 1, 2014 |

by ABDUL LATIF for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 1, 2014: In a meeting with Latin American Muslim leaders last month Turkish President Erdogan claimed that Muslims discovered the Americas centuries before Columbus. This claim is not new. There are several well-meaning pieces of purported evidence: records of journeys from Muslim Spain; West African Mandinka inscriptions in […]

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New Volume on “Islam in Nigeria” Tackles Boko Haram Insurgency & Historical and Contemporary Islamic Landscape

New Volume on “Islam in Nigeria” Tackles Boko Haram Insurgency & Historical and Contemporary Islamic Landscape

[ 0 ] November 24, 2014 |

Academic publication introduces readers to the history of Islam in Nigeria, and tackles the Boko Haram insurgency; internal splits of the Salafi movement in Nigeria; dynamics generated by the mobilization for ‘political Sharia’ in the years 2000s; contemporary and varied Islamic movements and trends (Tijaniyya, Salafism, Shiism) that are the protagonists of a constant (and usually non-violent) […]

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Deal or No Deal? U.S./Iran Relations and the Possibility of a Nuclear Pact (a compilation)

Deal or No Deal? U.S./Iran Relations and the Possibility of a Nuclear Pact (a compilation)

[ 0 ] November 21, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 25, 2014: UPDATED NOV. 24 , 2014  : (VIA THE WASHINGTON POST) VIENNA — Nuclear talks with Iran will be extended for seven months after intense negotiations failed to reach a comprehensive accord but appeared to make encouraging headway, diplomats said Monday. (New target is June 30, 2015) […]

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