Category: Americas

WATCH LIVE at 6p — Is Islam a Religion?: Islamophobia, Public Discourse, and the Idea of Religion

WATCH LIVE at 6p — Is Islam a Religion?: Islamophobia, Public Discourse, and the Idea of Religion

[ 0 ] October 22, 2014 |

via UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY on OCTOBER 22, 2014:  PANEL at 6p-7:45p EST: “IS ISLAM A RELIGION?: ISLAMOPHOBIA, PUBLIC DISCOURSE, AND THE IDEA OF RELIGION This event will be Livestreamed here and ABOVE.  But if you would like to attend we ask that you RSVP HERE. Islamophobic and anti-Muslim public discourse centers on a number of common themes, […]

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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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Ebola & Immigrants and Muslims, Oh My! Operating the Fear Machine (by Rebecca Gordon)

[ 0 ] October 20, 2014 |

by REBECCA GORDON for INFORMED COMMENT on OCTOBER 17, 2014:  Like many people around the world, four-star Marine General John Kelley is really worried about Ebola. But he’s not worried about the more than 4,000 people who have died of the disease in western Africa. And he’s only tangentially worried about people dying in this country. […]

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Rami Khouri: New Hare-Brained American Ideas in the Mideast

Rami Khouri: New Hare-Brained American Ideas in the Mideast

[ 0 ] October 20, 2014 |

by RAMI KHOURI for AGENCE GLOBAL on OCTOBER 18, 2014:  NORMAN, Oklahoma — Analysts in the United States this week are debating the precise meaning of the statements Wednesday by John Allen, the ex-Marine general who now coordinates the U.S.-led coalition’s response to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He said that the […]

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Omid Safi: Love and Justice in an Age of Empire; American Muslims, America and the Civil Rights Movement

Omid Safi: Love and Justice in an Age of Empire; American Muslims, America and the Civil Rights Movement

[ 0 ] October 20, 2014 |

via AICUSA (AMERICAN ISLAMIC COLLEGE) on OCTOBER 14, 2014:  Dr. Omid Safi delivered this lecture at the American Islamic College on October 7, 2014: “Love and Justice in an Age of Empire: American Muslims, America, and the Civil Rights Movement” Safi is Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center. (Dr. Safi starts speaking at 01:11) […]

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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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WATCH: MSNBC’s Touré — Islamophobia Has Become An “Acceptable Racism” With Some Liberals

[ 0 ] October 15, 2014 |

via REAL CLEAR POLITICS/MSNBC on OCTOBER 13, 2014:  MSNBC’s Touré: To think that we have a problem with global Islam and that it’s okay to be afraid when we encounter one of the 2 million American Muslims, well that’s just mental laziness. Demanding Muslims prove they’re not supportive of murderers is bizarre. We can deplore homophobia and […]

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Gays & Lesbians, Muslims, Top List of Groups Perceived by Americans to Face ‘A Lot of Discrimination’

Gays & Lesbians, Muslims, Top List of Groups Perceived by Americans to Face ‘A Lot of Discrimination’

[ 0 ] October 13, 2014 |

via PEW RESEARCH CENTER (“Public Sees Religion’s Influence Waning”) on SEPTEMBER 22, 2014:  EXCERPT: Nearly six-in-ten Americans (59%) say they think Muslims face a lot of discrimination in the U.S. today. Far fewer think other religious groups – including Jews (32%), evangelical Christians (31%), atheists (27%) and Catholics (19%) – face a lot of discrimination. […]

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A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of ‘What is Veiling?’

A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of ‘What is Veiling?’

[ 0 ] October 13, 2014 |

ISLAMiCommentary editor’s note: There seems to be no end to controversies and misunderstandings surrounding veiling. Here is a Q & A with Islamic studies professor Sahar Amer on her new book “What is Veiling” followed by an op-ed she wrote for the online journal “The Conversation” on debates on veiling in Australia. Amer also did […]

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Joshua Landis on ISIS, Syria & the “Great Sorting Out” in the Middle East

[ 0 ] October 10, 2014 |

via UNIVERSITY OF DENVER CENTER FOR MIDDLE EAST STUDIES (CMES CONVERSATIONS) on OCTOBER 7, 2014:  Danny Postel, Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, in conversation with Joshua Landis, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, former president of the Syrian Studies […]

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