Category: Asia

China to Uyghurs: Eat, Don’t Fast for Ramadan

China to Uyghurs: Eat, Don’t Fast for Ramadan

[ 0 ] July 15, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 15, 2014:    The common saying that “you are what you eat” suggests that food is closely tied to one’s social identity—and what one eats and when can often be key indicators of particular ethnic and/or religious traditions. Therefore, the gradual erosion of a […]

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Kevin Fogg on the Indonesian Election Aftermath

Kevin Fogg on the Indonesian Election Aftermath

[ 0 ] July 11, 2014 |

by KEVIN W. FOGG  for ISLAMIC HISTORY IN SOUTHEAST ASIA (his blog) on JULY 11, 2014:  The Indonesian presidential election is entering a new round of competition after an overall very successful day of voting on Wednesday. This new phase will involve machinations among the political elite, lots of bureaucratic churning, and intense activity among […]

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Scholars Size Up Indonesia’s Presidential Election

Scholars Size Up Indonesia’s Presidential Election

[ 0 ] July 9, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on JULY 9, 2014:  Today’s presidential election in Indonesia pitted Jakarta governor Joko (Jokowi) Widodo (a former furniture exporter) against Prabowo Subianto, a former general and a former son-in-law of Suharto “with a checkered human rights record“, in what The Guardian called “the tightest and most divisive presidential election since the downfall […]

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What Happens to Your Body When You Fast?

[ 0 ] July 7, 2014 |

Muslims around the world are fasting this month for Ramadan  via EMEL MEDIA:  Fasting from sunrise until sunset for 30 days certainly has a physical impact, but what really happens to your body when you fast? (emel media commissioned this video to find out: www.emel.com)

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PEW: Muslim Publics Concerned about Islamic Extremism Growth

PEW: Muslim Publics Concerned about Islamic Extremism Growth

[ 0 ] July 6, 2014 |

Concerns about Islamic Extremism on the Rise in Middle East:  Negative Opinions of al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah Widespread via PEW RESEARCH GLOBAL ATTITUDES PROJECT on JULY 1, 2014:  EXCERPT:  As well-publicized bouts of violence, from civil war to suicide bombings, plague the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, concern about Islamic extremism is high […]

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Ramadan Kareem

Ramadan Kareem

[ 0 ] June 27, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 27, 2014:  *The Muslim community in America and around the world are observing the month-long fast of Ramadan (rom-a-don). The end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” or Feast of the Fast-Breaking at the end of July. [NOTE: Because the beginning of Islamic lunar months […]

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No Good Men Among the Living : America, the Taliban and the War Through Afghan Eyes (Book Q & A)

No Good Men Among the Living : America, the Taliban and the War Through Afghan Eyes (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] June 24, 2014 |

Column » By the Book by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 24, 2014:  How often do we hear from Afghans on their experience in America’s long and exhausting war in Afghanistan? Anand Gopal gives them a voice in his moving book, No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through […]

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Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim May Be Free, But Is She Safe? The Real Problem with Apostasy and Blasphemy Laws

Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim May Be Free, But Is She Safe? The Real Problem with Apostasy and Blasphemy Laws

[ 0 ] June 23, 2014 |

by BRIAN PELLOT for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on JUNE 23, 2014:  Last month I discussed the heart-wrenching case of Meriam Ibrahim, a pregnant Sudanese woman sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging for marrying a Christian man and refusing to renounce her faith. Human rights groups, government representatives and prominent faith leaders rallied to condemn the […]

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Pew: Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

Pew: Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

[ 0 ] June 19, 2014 |

Favorable Ratings Fall Further in the Middle East via PEW RESEARCH GLOBAL ATTITUDES PROJECT on JUNE 18, 2014:  As negotiations over its nuclear program continue this week in Vienna, a new Pew Research Center poll finds that Iran’s global image remains overwhelmingly negative. Moreover, ratings for Iran in several Middle Eastern nations have declined significantly […]

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I-Wei Jennifer Chang: The Iran Sanctions and South Korea’s Balancing Act

I-Wei Jennifer Chang: The Iran Sanctions and South Korea’s Balancing Act

[ 0 ] June 6, 2014 |

by I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE on JUNE 2, 2014:  Following the recent progress on the Iranian nuclear issue and the subsequent easing of sanctions, South Korean businesses are reengaging the Iranian market. A South Korean trade delegation visited Iran on March 9, 2014, to expand bilateral trade ties in the mining, industrial, […]

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