by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on NOVEMBER 26, 2014: For our readers in the U.S., we’d like to wish those who commemorate it a Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends! Curious about Islam and Thanksgiving? Check out this video distributed by Why Islam: Shaykh Abdullah Hakim Answers– Do Muslims Celebrate Thanksgiving? And read this […]
ISLAMiCommentary Editor’s Note: I don’t usually re-post or excerpt travel warnings, but this one for Lebanon, posted today at The Bureau of Consular Affairs website, Travel.State.Gov, but thought it worth posting here as Lebanon has been kind of off the news radar . This warning is extensive and includes quite a bit of background on the US […]
by WHY ISLAM on NOVEMBER 17, 2011: Do Muslims celebrate Thanksgiving? What is the Islamic perspective on this American Holiday? The origin of Thanksgiving and the Native American Muslim roots? 877-Why-Islam Presents Sh. Abdullah Hakim Quick, a renowned scholar and historian, who presents the Islamic perspective on Thanksgiving.
via DUKE CENTER JEWISH STUDIES on NOVEMBER 24, 2014: Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) discusses her father’s (Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel) legacy as a human rights activist and his archives, which have recently opened here at Duke in the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in this lecture from 10/20/2014.
by PETER SCHMIDT for CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION on NOVEMBER 25, 2014: Washington — Members of the Middle East Studies Association voted overwhelmingly at their annual conference here on Monday to defend the right of scholarly associations to boycott Israel and to set their own organization on a course to consider a boycott of its […]
Although Kobani has spurred a KRG-PYD strategic rapprochement, Kurdish unity across borders remains elusive. by SERHUN AL for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE (SADA) on NOVEMBER 20, 2014: When Syria’s Kurdish town of Kobani—a border town between Syria and Turkey—became a target of the Islamic State (IS), Kurds across the region reacted with a new collective […]
New Volume on “Islam in Nigeria” Tackles Boko Haram Insurgency & Historical and Contemporary Islamic Landscape
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) […]
via WNYC/ON BEING on NOVEMBER 20, 2014: In a probing and personal conversation, Reza Aslan opens a refreshing window on religion in the world and Islam in particular. It’s a longer view of history and humanity than news cycles invite — certainly when it comes to the Arab Spring, or to ISIS.
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) […]