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 […]
WATCH: Rethinking Global Cities — Infrastructure, Urban Development & Change in China,Turkey and Ghana
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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, […]
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 […]
“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 […]