Category: Asia

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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Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

[ 0 ] February 17, 2015 |

by PENDA MBOW for SUD ONLINE on JANUARY 15, 2015 *originally published in French, translated here in English:  The time has come, a week after the tragic and inexcusable events in Paris, the killing of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and the taking of hostages in a Hypercacher supermarket, to begin an honest debate among all, […]

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Afghanistan: With Love (by Mujib Mashal)

Afghanistan: With Love (by Mujib Mashal)

[ 0 ] February 16, 2015 |

by MUJIB MASHAL for “MATTER”/MEDIUM.COM, FEBRUARY 2015:  The host tames his otherwise playful voice into a soft, dreamy thrum: “You are listening to 98.1 Arman FM, Radio of the Hearts. This is The Night of the Lovers.” At the end of every Friday, the second day of the Afghan weekend, Ajmal Noorzai sits behind the […]

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Vladimir Belyakov: Egypt Was Always an Attraction for Russia

Vladimir Belyakov: Egypt Was Always an Attraction for Russia

[ 0 ] February 10, 2015 |

Russian historian Vladimir Belyakov sees an inevitable rise in the profile of Egyptian-Russian relations  (Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi  Russian President Vladimir Putin are meeting this week in Cairo) by DINA EZZAT for AHRAM ONLINE on FEBRUARY 10, 2015:  “Cairo is a very big city with 14,000 streets; each street has two gates … some streets have […]

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WATCH: Iraq Crisis Builds Bipartisan Support for Keeping U.S. Troops in Afghanistan, Senator Cotton Says

[ 0 ] February 9, 2015 |

by JAMES RUPERT for UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE on FEBRUARY 5, 2015:  The revival by ISIS of a brutal Islamist offensive in Iraq makes it urgent to prevent a similar reversal in the Afghan war—and is increasing congressional support for President Obama to maintain U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Senator Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) said today. […]

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Afghan Carpet Weavers are Putting Drones on Their Rugs

Afghan Carpet Weavers are Putting Drones on Their Rugs

[ 0 ] January 30, 2015 |

(cover photo of rug by Kevin Sudeith, courtesy of Warrug.com) via COSIMO BIZZARRI for QUARTZ on JANUARY 30, 2015:  When it comes to what to depict on rugs, Afghan weavers traditionally turn to what’s most familiar. So in the 1980s, when the Mujahedeen were fighting back the Soviet occupation, some local weavers abandoned flowers and […]

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Islam: Religion of Peace or Font of Terror? (Q & A with John Esposito)

Islam: Religion of Peace or Font of Terror? (Q & A with John Esposito)

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

A conversation with John Esposito of the Georgetown Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding by JOHN BURGER for ALETEIA on JANUARY 21, 2015:  The recent murders of civilians in Paris, Nigeria, Iraq, Pakistan and other places around the world by those claiming to defend the Islamlic religion have, for many people, raised once again the question of whether Islam […]

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When Women Become Terrorists (by Jayne Huckerby for the New York Times)

When Women Become Terrorists (by Jayne Huckerby for the New York Times)

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

by JAYNE HUCKERBY for THE NEW YORK TIMES on JANUARY 21, 2015:  DURHAM, N.C. — SINCE the terror attacks in Paris two weeks ago, the French police have been on the hunt for Hayat Boumeddiene, the partner of Amedy Coulibaly, one of the slain gunmen. She is now suspected to be in Syria. Some news […]

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“The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History” (New Book by Rian Thum)

“The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History” (New Book by Rian Thum)

[ 0 ] January 21, 2015 |

by CARLA NAPPI for NEW BOOKS IN EAST ASIAN STUDIES on DECEMBER 22, 2014:  In his fascinating new book, Rian Thum explores the craft, materiality, nature, and readership of Uyghur history over the past 300 years. The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History (Harvard University Press, 2014) argues that understanding Uyghur history in this way is […]

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Phil Bennett and Moises Naim on 21st-century Censorship (inc. Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey)

[ 0 ] January 13, 2015 |

Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media by PHIL BENNETT AND MOISES NAIM for COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW on JANUARY 5, 2015: Two beliefs safely inhabit the canon of contemporary thinking about journalism. The first is that the internet is the most powerful force disrupting the news media. The second is […]

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