Category: Asia

Islamophobia in China and Pakistan’s Vow of Silence

Islamophobia in China and Pakistan’s Vow of Silence

[ 0 ] March 31, 2015 |

by FARAZ TALAT for DAWN.COM on MARCH 31, 2015:  Recently, in a country that is decidedly not France, a Muslim man has been sentenced to six years in prison for keeping a beard. I daresay it’s time we have a polite talk about Islamophobia with our good neighbor in the north. In the Muslim dominant […]

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WATCH: Rethinking Global Cities — Infrastructure, Urban Development & Change in China,Turkey and Ghana

[ 0 ] March 26, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 4, 2015:  A year-long Rethinking Global Cities project at Duke, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,  is investigating the complex, hybrid and contested cultural and human geographies of the following world cities — Bangkok, Beijing, Bogota, Cairo, Cape Town, Dubai, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Mumbai, Tokyo and […]

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Happy Nowruz ! From the Silk Roads, to Iran, to the US and In Between

Happy Nowruz ! From the Silk Roads, to Iran, to the US and In Between

[ 0 ] March 21, 2015 |

Video above from AFP: Iranians were out shopping ahead of the Persian New Year Nowruz. The Iranian new year, which begins on March 20, coincides with the first day of spring compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary:  Wishing those who celebrate it a Happy Nowruz (Nowruz Mobarak) from the Silk Roads, to Iran, to the […]

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WATCH: Conflict Kitchen — Food From Countries The U.S. Is In Conflict With

[ 0 ] March 16, 2015 |

via AJ+ on MARCH 16, 2015: Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen is a tiny restaurant with a big mission: serve up plates from countries that the United States government is in conflict with. From video journalist Will Yurman in the United States.

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Ziauddin Sardar: “Much of What We Believe in is Manufactured Dogma”

[ 0 ] March 12, 2015 |

Ziauddin Sardar discussing some key issues facing Muslim societies and how must they be addressed. by FARAH ZIA for THE NEWS ON SUNDAY(PAKISTAN) on MARCH 8, 2015: Ziauddin Sardar is a firm believer in engaging with Muslims and interpreting the Sharia according to the needs of contemporary times. That obviously is not the dominant thought […]

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The Future of Central Asian Studies: A Eulogy (by Sarah Kendzior)

The Future of Central Asian Studies: A Eulogy (by Sarah Kendzior)

[ 0 ] March 9, 2015 |

“Our field is a cautionary tale on the dangers of linking independent academic research to military intelligence.” — Sarah Kendzior by SARAH KENDZIOR for SARAH KENDZIOR blog on MARCH 8, 2015:  Yesterday I gave the keynote speech at the 22nd conference of the  Association of Central Eurasian Students at Indiana University. I am an alumnus […]

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Detaining the President’s Daughter (in Uzbekistan)

[ 0 ] March 9, 2015 |

A year on from her disappearance from public life, what does the treatment of Gulnara Karimova reveal about Uzbekistan’s rights crisis? by ANDREW STROEHLEIN and STEVE SWERDLOW for OPEN DEMOCRACY on FEBRUARY 27, 2015: A year ago, the daughter of Uzbekistan’s authoritarian president disappeared from public life. Arrested under corruption allegations in February 2014 and apparently detained […]

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LISTEN: Cabeiri Robinson on “Refugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists”

LISTEN: Cabeiri Robinson on “Refugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists”

[ 0 ] March 8, 2015 |

by SHERALI TAREEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on FEBRUARY 19, 2015:  The idea of jihad is among the most keenly discussed yet one of the least understood concepts in Islam. In her brilliant new book Body of Victim, Body of Warrior: Refugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists (University of California Press, […]

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WATCH NOW: Women Preventing Violent Extremism: Charting a New Course (USIP)

[ 0 ] March 6, 2015 |

via US INSTITUTE OF PEACE on MARCH 6, 2015:  In celebration of International Women’s Day, the U.S. Institute of Peace invites you to meet 12 women civil society leaders from India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Tanzania on Friday, March 6. The discussion will focus on lessons learned in their work of preventing violent extremism […]

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Bruce Lawrence on “Who is Allah?” (Book Essay)

Bruce Lawrence on “Who is Allah?” (Book Essay)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

“We invoke the name of Allah to bless a meal. We invoke His name before opening a book we are about to read. We invoke His name to anticipate an action. We invoke His name to mark a ritual slaughter. Why do all religions put such a focus on the name of this or that […]

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