Category: i-Comment

Student’s Notebook: What Can You Do that Siri Can’t Do?

Student’s Notebook: What Can You Do that Siri Can’t Do?

[ 0 ] October 30, 2014 |

Advice on How to Get Started on an International Development Career by AMBER WATSON for ISLAMiCOMMENTARY on OCTOBER 30, 2014: “20 years ago, I was in your exact position,” Ben Orbach, director of America’s Unofficial Ambassadors, told a group of Duke undergrads interested in international development careers, but with this modern challenge – “What can you […]

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Dispatches From a Muslim in Ottawa

Dispatches From a Muslim in Ottawa

[ 0 ] October 23, 2014 |

by CHELBY DAIGLE for ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 23, 2014:  I’ve been asked to write this piece by the Editor of ISLAMiCommentary, a public scholarship forum and outreach initiative managed by the Duke Islamic Studies Center. As the Editor in Chief of Ottawa’s Muslim Community Newspaper, Muslim Link, I would never claim to speak on behalf […]

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No Single Pathway to Terrorism: Scholars John Horgan and David Schanzer Reflect on the Ottawa Attacks

No Single Pathway to Terrorism: Scholars John Horgan and David Schanzer Reflect on the Ottawa Attacks

[ 0 ] October 23, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 23, 2014:  This morning, as part of an academic visit to Duke, renowned terrorism scholar and criminal psychologist John Horgan sat down with Duke University public policy professor and national security expert David Schanzer for a taped conversation about yesterday’s terrorist attack in Ottawa, Canada and what […]

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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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