by CHELBY DAIGLE for ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 23, 2014: I’ve been asked to write this piece by the Editor of ISLAMiCommentary, a public scholarship forum and outreach initiative managed by the Duke Islamic Studies Center. As the Editor in Chief of Ottawa’s Muslim Community Newspaper, Muslim Link, I would never claim to speak on behalf […]
via WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL (DC) on OCTOBER 20, 2014: Since its founding in 1947, the army of Pakistan has dominated the state, embroiling the country in an enduring conflict with India over Kashmir. Despite repeated losses, the Pakistani army remains committed to achieving its military goals in the region. The employment of non-state actors in […]
via COUNCIL FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES/JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER on SEPTEMBER 26, 2014: Tom Cinq-Mars, a Duke PhD student in the History Department, outlines his research on the Druzhba oil pipeline’s impact on Russia’s (Muslim) Tatar populations and his interdisciplinary work with the Council for European Studies.
So much for ‘Invisible’ Indonesia: Joko Widodo will be inaugurated as the new president of Indonesia on October 20, carrying with him the hopes of his nation and the world. (Above) Indonesian journalist/human rights activist Ahmady speaks with UNC-Chapel Hill geography professor Christian Lentz about the latest developments in Indonesia. by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary […]
ISLAMiCommentary editor’s note: There seems to be no end to controversies and misunderstandings surrounding veiling. Here is a Q & A with Islamic studies professor Sahar Amer on her new book “What is Veiling” followed by an op-ed she wrote for the online journal “The Conversation” on debates on veiling in Australia. Amer also did […]
by PAUL S.C. TACON (Griffith University) and ADAM BRUMM (Griffith University) and MAXIME AUBERT (Griffith University) for THE CONVERSATION on OCTOBER 8, 2014: Rock art dated to a minimum age of almost 40,000 years has been discovered in the Maros region of southern Sulawesi, Indonesia. This is an incredible result, published in Nature today, because one of the biggest challenges in […]
compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on OCTOBER 3, 2014: Wishing all who celebrate it a joyous Eid-ul-Adha! The holiday will be commemorated from Saturday, October 4 through Sunday October 5. It will coincide this year with the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. To celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the Duke Muslim Students […]
above Ted Talk by Ashraf Ghani — “How to Build a Broken State” — was filmed in July 2005. compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on September 30, 2014: Ashraf Ghani — a former Johns Hopkins anthropology professor, former Afghanistan Minister of Finance and advisor at the World Bank, and co-founder of the Institute for State […]