Category: Regions

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 21, 2014:  As of this writing, six world powers and Iran are trying to reach a nuclear deal. Iran has a Monday (November 24) deadline for a deal on curbing its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of UN sanctions. Talks were being held this week in […]

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Is There a Bomb in Your Suitcase? (by Omid Safi)

Is There a Bomb in Your Suitcase? (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] November 21, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on NOVEMBER 20, 2014:  How do you respond to prejudice when it is blatant, direct, and in your face? A few weeks ago, I traveled to Europe to take part in conference of European and North American Muslim leaders. It was a distinguished lineup of community leaders, spiritual figures, […]

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Bruce Jentleson: Let the ‘Grand Strategy’ Debate Begin

Bruce Jentleson: Let the ‘Grand Strategy’ Debate Begin

[ 0 ] November 20, 2014 |

by BRUCE JENTLESON for THE HILL on NOVEMBER 20, 2014:  Following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union, the term du jour was “post-Cold War world.” But this spoke more to what the world wasn’t than what it was. Sept. 11 did its own redefinition with terrorism central, but crowded out so […]

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Sarah Ager on Reclaiming the Radical Feminism of the Qur’an

[ 0 ] November 20, 2014 |

by SARAH AGER for THE GIRL GOD (BLOG) on NOVEMBER 19, 2014:  “As a feminist, how could you willingly subject yourself to such a misogynistic religion?” It’s disheartening to think how many times I’ve been asked this question since I converted to Islam. However, given my own misgivings towards the status of women in Islam […]

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WATCH: Imams in Western Europe– Authority, Training, and Institutional Challenges

WATCH: Imams in Western Europe– Authority, Training, and Institutional Challenges

[ 0 ] November 19, 2014 |

via MOHAMMED HASHAS/YOUTUBE on NOVEMBER 12, 2014:  LUISS School of Government in Italy presents the International Conference ‘Imams in Western Europe – Authority, Training, and Institutional Challenges’ November 5, 2014 – Aula Magna, Viale Pola, 12 Rome Welcome by LUISS School of Government: Giovanni Orsina Welcome by the conveners: Mohammed Hashas, LUISS Guido Carli Niels Valdemar […]

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Jeremy Menchik on Governing Religion Democratically in Indonesia

Jeremy Menchik on Governing Religion Democratically in Indonesia

[ 0 ] November 19, 2014 |

by JEREMY MENCHIK for JAKARTA GLOBE on NOVEMBER 19, 2014:  Announcements by Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin and Home Minister Tjahjo Kumolo that they plan to change the way that the government regulates religious affairs is a promising sign that the administration of President Joko Widodo will work to improve the rights of religious […]

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UAE Blacklists 82 Groups as “Terrorist”, including US Muslim Civil Rights & Advocacy Org. CAIR

[ 0 ] November 18, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 18, 2014:  What constitutes a terrorist organization? A wide-ranging list of 82 groups, named as “terrorist,” has been named by the United Arab Emirates. The breadth of the list — which includes the Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, the UK-based Cordoba Foundation and the Council on […]

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Gate A-4

[ 0 ] November 17, 2014 |

by NAOMI SHIHAB NYE for LIVE & LEARN (blog) on NOVEMBER 16, 2014:  Wandering around the Albuquerque Airport Terminal, after learning my flight had been delayed four hours, I heard an announcement: “If anyone in the vicinity of Gate A-4 understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immediately.” Well— one pauses these days. Gate A-4 was […]

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WATCH: Washington’s National Cathedral Hosts First Friday Muslim Prayers

[ 0 ] November 17, 2014 |

via VOAvideo on NOVEMBER 14, 2014:  A group of Muslims were invited to worship on Friday in the Washington National Cathedral. The hope was that an Islamic service in one of America’s best-known churches would send a message of interfaith harmony to counter extremists’ use of religion to justify hatred and strife. VOA Religion correspondent […]

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UCLA Mideast Center Fights Smears

UCLA Mideast Center Fights Smears

[ 0 ] November 17, 2014 |

by JAMES GELVIN for INFORMED COMMENT on NOVEMBER 15, 2014:  Response to criticisms of the G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies The G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies (hereafter CNES) of UCLA is one of the oldest such centers in the United States. It is also one of the largest, currently […]

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