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 […]
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) […]
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 […]
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 […]