Category: Asia

“Bin Ladin’s Bookshelf” (via the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence)

“Bin Ladin’s Bookshelf” (via the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence)

[ 0 ] May 20, 2015 |

via (U.S.) OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE on MAY 20, 2015:  On May 20, 2015, the ODNI released a sizeable tranche of documents recovered during the raid on the compound used to hide Usama bin Ladin. The release, which followed a rigorous interagency review, aligns with the President’s call for increased transparency–consistent with […]

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Here Are the (Many) Muslim Condemnations of ISIS You’ve Been Looking For (via Bridge Initiative/Georgetown U)

Here Are the (Many) Muslim Condemnations of ISIS You’ve Been Looking For (via Bridge Initiative/Georgetown U)

[ 0 ] May 18, 2015 |

via THE BRIDGE INITIATIVE (at Georgetown University’s Al-Waleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding) on APRIL 26, 2015:  EXCERPT: As part of an ongoing project that monitors and maps Muslims’ condemnations of terrorism, The Bridge Initiative offers this summary of Muslims’ condemnations of ISIS. It’s the most comprehensive catalog ever compiled. To date, we’ve identified condemnations from more than 80 […]

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Carla Power on an Unlikely Friendship & Journey to the Heart of the Quran (Book Q & A)

Carla Power on an Unlikely Friendship & Journey to the Heart of the Quran (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] May 15, 2015 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 15, 2015: Great journalists invite us to be companions with them on their journeys to extraordinary places. Carla Power offers such an invitation in her new book, If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey […]

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WATCH LIVE: Is the US Still the “Indispensable Nation”? (5/15 @9a)

WATCH LIVE: Is the US Still the “Indispensable Nation”? (5/15 @9a)

[ 0 ] May 14, 2015 |

*** Video of the event will appear live at 9am on May 15. If you are watching before then, you are seeing a video of a previous Wilson Center event…  via THE WILSON CENTER (EVENT) on MAY 15, 2015:  Is the United States Still the “Indispensable Nation”? Please join us for a half-day discussion with former […]

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As Kyrgyzstan Joins Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union, Not Everyone’s Happy

As Kyrgyzstan Joins Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union, Not Everyone’s Happy

[ 0 ] May 12, 2015 |

by SOPHIA REHM for THE MOSCOW TIMES on MAY 6, 2015:  BISHKEK — The former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan is poised to become the fifth member of the Russia-driven Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) on May 9, but not all the country’s residents are thrilled about it. Alina, a teacher in Bishkek and a native of the city, is one of many feeling apprehensive. “I can’t imagine any positive […]

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Summer Reading? Here are Some Books on Islamic Feminism

Summer Reading? Here are Some Books on Islamic Feminism

[ 0 ] May 11, 2015 |

via FREEDOM FROM THE FORBIDDEN (BLOG):  Below is a list of books that I highly recommend to anyone interested in understanding re-interpretations of Islam, alternative readings to the traditionalist ones that are largely patriarchal in nature, or otherwise scholarship that complicate simplified ideas of Islam, women, gender, and sexuality. These books may be a response […]

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Al-Biruni: The Forefather of Religious Studies

Al-Biruni: The Forefather of Religious Studies

[ 0 ] May 6, 2015 |

Abdul-Azim Ahmed explores the life and work of al-Biruni, a tenth century polymath famed for producing one of the earliest pieces of comparative religious studies. by ABDUL-AZIM AHMED for ON RELIGION, MAY 2015:  The turn of the first to the second millennium was an exciting time of scholarship, trade, and war across Asia. It was […]

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Afghan Taliban Scrambling With The Rise of Islamic State

[ 0 ] May 1, 2015 |

by HEKMATULLAH AZAMY for GANDHARA (RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY) on APRIL 30, 2015:  KABUL, The Afghan Taliban are apparently in a catch-22 over the emergence and rise of the Islamic State (IS) in Afghanistan. The hard-line insurgent movement sees losing its fighters and commanders to IS as a strategic threat to its very survival in […]

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Between Nepal and Baltimore (by Omid Safi)

Between Nepal and Baltimore (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] April 30, 2015 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on APRIL 30, 2015:  Nepal under rubbles. Pain in Baltimore. This week my heart kept being pulled into two earthquakes of human suffering: the earthquake in Nepal and the Baltimore uprising in the aftermath of the death of Freddie Gray. With Nepal, I find little use in theological speculation […]

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WATCH: Aid Worker on Rescue Efforts in Nepal — “People Are in a State of Panic”

[ 0 ] April 27, 2015 |

via BLOOMBERG BUSINESS on APRIL 26, 2015 (11pm):  Mercy Corps Nepal Country Head Sanjay Karki discusses the rescue efforts and the situation on the ground in Nepal after a 7.8 magnitude quake rocked the region on Saturday. He speaks to Bloomberg’s Rishaad Salamat on “Trending Business.” (Source: Bloomberg)   RELATED: BACKGROUND ON NEPAL’S RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY: […]

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