Category: Americas

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

[ 0 ] November 26, 2014 |

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 […]

Read More

Ongoing Safety and Security Concerns in Lebanon (latest US State Dept. Travel Warning)

Ongoing Safety and Security Concerns in Lebanon (latest US State Dept. Travel Warning)

[ 0 ] November 26, 2014 |

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 […]

Read More

WATCH: Shaykh Abdullah Hakim Answers — Do Muslims Celebrate Thanksgiving?

[ 0 ] November 26, 2014 |

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.  

Read More

WATCH: Susannah Heschel on the Prophetic Life of Abraham Joshua Heschel

[ 0 ] November 26, 2014 |

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.

Read More

Middle East Studies Association Members Defend Boycotts of Israel

Middle East Studies Association Members Defend Boycotts of Israel

[ 0 ] November 25, 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 […]

Read More

WATCH: Omid Safi on America, Islam and the Legacy of Dr. King Today

WATCH: Omid Safi on America, Islam and the Legacy of Dr. King Today

[ 0 ] November 25, 2014 |

compiled via DUKE ISLAMIC STUDIES CENTER and the DUKE DIVINITY SCHOOL, NOVEMBER 2014: Omid Safi on America, Islam, and the Legacy of Dr. King Today The prophetic tradition, led by Martin Luther King and others, was at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement. What does this tradition have to say to America today, in light […]

Read More

LISTEN: Reza Aslan– Islam’s Reformation

[ 0 ] November 24, 2014 |

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.  

Read More

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 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) […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More

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 […]

Read More