Category: Asia

The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

[ 0 ] February 9, 2016 |

Mbaye Bashir Lo teaches at Duke University in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and is core faculty with the Duke Islamic Studies Center. This article highlights key elements in his current book project entitled “Justice versus Freedom: the Problem with Militant Islam.” He is currently a visiting scholar at l’Institut d’études de l’Islam […]

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Muslim Leaders Convene Conference on Rights of Religious Minorities in Muslim-Majority Communities

Muslim Leaders Convene Conference on Rights of Religious Minorities in Muslim-Majority Communities

[ 0 ] January 25, 2016 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 25, 2016:  Muslim leaders from throughout the world kicked off a three-day conference today (1/25-1/27) on protecting non-Muslims called “The Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Majority Communities: Legal Framework and a Call to Action.” Hosted by King Muhammad VI of Morocco, the meeting is thought to […]

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Charsadda Attack: Pakistan Still at War

Charsadda Attack: Pakistan Still at War

[ 0 ] January 20, 2016 |

by MAHWASH AJAZ for THE NATION (PAKISTAN) on JANUARY 20, 2016:  It is a day of bloody irony. On a seemingly quiet winter morning, on a fairly slow news day, armed gunmen, fully equipped with suicide vests, slipped into Bacha Khan University, Charsadda, and killed twenty-one people, injuring around thirty people. Most of them were staff […]

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Freedom of Choice: What We Can Learn from Recent Refugee Flows to Liberal Countries

Freedom of Choice: What We Can Learn from Recent Refugee Flows to Liberal Countries

[ 0 ] January 13, 2016 |

by GALYM ZHUSSIPBEK for ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 13, 2016: There is a never ending discussion between liberal and conservative minded people over freedom of choice — whether it furthers the development of our capabilities or leads us to depravity. A majority of religiously conservative people a priori assume that freedom of choice, a core liberal […]

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LISTEN: David Schanzer Comments on Iraq Army Gains; Iran Nuclear Deal; Taleban; Refugees; Pope Francis

LISTEN: David Schanzer Comments on Iraq Army Gains; Iran Nuclear Deal; Taleban; Refugees; Pope Francis

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

via ON SECURITY on DECEMBER 31, 2015:  In the latest installment of On Security, David Schanzer speaks with WPTF’s Scott Briggaman about the significance of the Iraqi Army recapturing Ramadi. He also discusses the Iranian Nuclear Deal and the new Visa law pertaining to Visas for Iranians. Additional topics include: the resurgence of the Taliban […]

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ISLAMiCommentary/TIRN Featured in New SSRC Report ‘Religion, Media and the Digital Turn’

ISLAMiCommentary/TIRN Featured in New SSRC Report ‘Religion, Media and the Digital Turn’

[ 0 ] December 17, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 17, 2015:  We at the Duke Islamic Studies Center are pleased to announce that the work of the Carnegie Corporation of New York-supported Transcultural Islam Project (ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN) has been highlighted in a new report by the Social Science Research Council — “Religion, Media and the […]

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An American Muslim Businessman Calls on Muslims to Own Their Faith, Remove the Middleman

An American Muslim Businessman Calls on Muslims to Own Their Faith, Remove the Middleman

[ 0 ] December 10, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 8, 2015:  Management consultant and tech entrepreneur Rashed Hasan, an American Muslim who has worked with Booz Allen Hamilton, Ford Motor Company, Pfizer, among other major corporations, has been actively involved in interfaith dialogue for many years. This past Spring he self-published the first volume in a series that […]

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WATCH: Pakistani Muslims Explain Why No One Should Equate Muslim Community w/ Terrorists

[ 0 ] December 6, 2015 |

via UPWORTHY on DECEMBER 5, 2015:  A group of young Pakistani Muslims explains why no one should equate the Muslim community with terrorists.  

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WATCH: Jentleson and Feaver Talk Turkey & Russia Tensions; Paris Climate Talks

[ 0 ] December 4, 2015 |

via DUKE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE on DECEMBER 2, 2015:  With tensions rising between Turkey and Russia and the ongoing Climate talk in Paris, what role should the United States play? Peter Feaver and Bruce Jentleson debate the implications in this episode of Foreign Exchange. Foreign Exchange is produced by the Department of Political Science […]

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WATCH: Anatol Lieven on Afghanistan–War Without End?

[ 0 ] December 1, 2015 |

via CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL STUDIES (GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF FOREIGN SERVICE, QATAR) on NOVEMBER 18, 2015:  Anatol Lieven, Professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, delivered a CIRS Monthly Dialogue titled, “Afghanistan: War Without End?” on November 9, 2015. Lieven recounted his experiences as a journalist reporting from Afghanistan […]

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