Category: Asia

Kuwait: New Law a Breakthrough for Domestic Workers (via Human Rights Watch)

[ 0 ] July 1, 2015 |

Guarantees Crucial Rights, but Gaps Remain via HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH on JUNE 30, 2015:  (Beirut) – Kuwaiti legislators’ adoption on June 24, 2015, of a new law giving domestic workers enforceable labor rights is a major breakthrough that should lead other Gulf states to take similar action, Human Rights Watch said today. Kuwaiti authorities should […]

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From Duke Authors, A Hammock of New Summer Reads (inc. Bail,Bradley,Moosa, Mottahedeh,Tuna)

From Duke Authors, A Hammock of New Summer Reads (inc. Bail,Bradley,Moosa, Mottahedeh,Tuna)

[ 0 ] July 1, 2015 |

by STUART WELLS for DUKE TODAY on JUNE 26, 2015:  Spanning cancer biology, career advice, religious studies and poetry, Duke writers offer an array of topics to fill your summer reading needs. Many of the books, including new editions of previous titles, can be found on the “Duke Authors” display shelves near the circulation desk […]

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Liberalism and the American Muslim Predicament (Sherman Jackson for Islamic Monthly)

[ 0 ] June 29, 2015 |

by SHERMAN JACKSON for ISLAMIC MONTHLY on JUNE 27, 2015:  In his provocative book, White, Richard Dyer observes that the real power of American whiteness lay in its effective invisibility. While Hispanics, Asians, blacks and others are immediately recognized as raced, whites enjoy the presumption of being just “humans.” This raises their perspective above critique, […]

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The Opportunity Costs of Islamophobia: The Missionary-State Alliance against Volga-Ural Muslim Activism in the Late Russian Empire (Book Essay)

The Opportunity Costs of Islamophobia: The Missionary-State Alliance against Volga-Ural Muslim Activism in the Late Russian Empire (Book Essay)

[ 0 ] June 26, 2015 |

    EDITOR’S NOTE: In a previous piece, Mustafa Tuna, Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian and Central Eurasian History and Culture at Duke, discussed his new book “Imperial Russia’s Muslims: Empire, Islam, and European Modernity 1788-1914″ (Cambridge University Press, June 2015) with ISLAMiCommentary — carrying his insights about the opportunity costs of Islamophobia […]

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WATCH: One Blogger’s Favorite Commercial for Ramadan 2015

WATCH: One Blogger’s Favorite Commercial for Ramadan 2015

[ 0 ] June 23, 2015 |

via KUWAITIFUL on JUNE 21, 2015:  Most of the Kuwaiti companies were of commercials of singing, joy, bells and whistles, none of them I felt portrayed the current situation we’re in, the political conflicts and the increasing unrest in the region. On the other hand, this Bangladesh telecom company really hit the spot on a […]

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WATCH: Mustafa Akyol on Faith Vs. Tradition in Islam (TED Talk archives)

WATCH: Mustafa Akyol on Faith Vs. Tradition in Islam (TED Talk archives)

[ 0 ] June 22, 2015 |

via TED on MARCH 2011:  Journalist Mustafa Akyol talks about the way that some local cultural practices (such as the seclusion of women) have become linked, in the popular mind, to the articles of faith of Islam. Has the world’s general idea of the Islamic faith focused too much on tradition, and not enough on […]

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10 Books by Muslim Writers to Celebrate Ramadan the Literary Way (by Aisha Anwar for Bustle)

10 Books by Muslim Writers to Celebrate Ramadan the Literary Way (by Aisha Anwar for Bustle)

[ 0 ] June 19, 2015 |

by AISHA ANWAR for BUSTLE on JUNE 17, 2015:  Ramadan 2015 is here, which means you’re going to see your Muslim friends fasting from dawn to dusk for the next 30 days. But — hold up — what exactly is Ramadan? (It’s totally OK to ask if you don’t know.) Here’s a primer: Night after night […]

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Ramadan Mubarak ! Plus some Ramadan FAQs, Answered

Ramadan Mubarak ! Plus some Ramadan FAQs, Answered

[ 0 ] June 17, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 17, 2015: ISLAMiCommentary would like to wish our Muslim readers Ramadan Mubarak! Ramadan starts on Thursday, June 18 this year. For those who are not Muslim, and are curious about Ramadan, here are some Ramadan FAQs excerpted from the Council on American Islamic Relations 2015 “Sharing Ramadan Resource Guide.” Q: […]

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Mustafa Tuna on Imperial Russia’s Muslims & the Opportunity Costs of Islamophobia (Book Q & A)

Mustafa Tuna on Imperial Russia’s Muslims & the Opportunity Costs of Islamophobia (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] June 16, 2015 |

“The overall consensus seems to be that the assimilationist policies of the tsarist state in late imperial Russia lay at the foundation of the bitterness that characterized the tsarist central state establishment’s relations with the Volga-Ural Muslims, and especially their elites… Hasty attempts to forge a nation-state out of a multiconfessional, multilingual, and multiethnic empire […]

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Brandon Choi: My Experiences as a Korean-American in Morocco

Brandon Choi: My Experiences as a Korean-American in Morocco

[ 0 ] June 4, 2015 |

by BRANDON CHOI for DUKE IN THE ARAB WORLD 2015 (BLOG) on JUNE 3, 2015:  My two weeks in Morocco have been riddled with quite interesting and novel experiences. Getting helplessly lost in the streets of Fes, dodging stray dogs on my walk to school, and witnessing a mystical Sufi concert in the medieval Medina, […]

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