Category: Asia

WATCH: One Student’s Language Journey in Tatar, Russian and Persian

[ 0 ] April 24, 2015 |

via UNC GLOBAL:  Studying languages has taken Lily Herbert ’16 to places she never imagined she’d go. Herbert, who is from Raleigh, North Carolina, is majoring in global studies and geography. She’s studying Persian and Turkish on campus and has learned Tatar through a Foreign Language and Area Studies award. “Studying languages at UNC has […]

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LISTEN: Human Traffickers Find Easy Prey Among Myanmar’s Minorities (PRI)

LISTEN: Human Traffickers Find Easy Prey Among Myanmar’s Minorities (PRI)

[ 0 ] April 20, 2015 |

by AXEL KRONHOLM for PRI/AMERICA ABROAD MEDIA on APRIL 18, 2015:  It’s been 47 days since Abdul, a scrawny Rohingya male in his 40s, sent his 14-year-old daughter Dildar away from the Internally Displaced Persons camp where they’d been living in squalid conditions with little food or health care. Dildar left on a fishing boat crammed with other […]

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How Toshihiko Made Me Understand Islam

[ 0 ] April 14, 2015 |

by MONIRA AL QADRI for IBRAAZ: CONTEMPORARY VISUAL CULTURE IN  NORTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST (blog) on FEBRUARY 26, 2015:  Who would have thought that the best translation ever to be conducted of the Qur’an was actually in Japanese? Many scholars agree that Toshihiko Izutsu’s 1958 version of the holy book is one of […]

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WATCH: “The Impact of Russia’s Annexation of Crimea on the Central Eurasian Islamic World” (with Charles Weller)

WATCH: “The Impact of Russia’s Annexation of Crimea on the Central Eurasian Islamic World” (with Charles Weller)

[ 0 ] April 10, 2015 |

CHARLES WELLER speaks at the ALWALEED BIN TALAL CENTER FOR MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDING(At GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY) (recorded on March 19, 2015):  Dr. Weller’s talk focused on four main, interrelated dimensions of the impact of the Crimean and Ukrainian Crises on the Central Eurasian Islamic World: (1) The response of the Crimean Tatar community and impact on Russo-Tatar relations within […]

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WATCH: Caste Consciousness Among Muslims in North India and Pakistan (with Sara Singha)

WATCH: Caste Consciousness Among Muslims in North India and Pakistan (with Sara Singha)

[ 0 ] April 9, 2015 |

SARA SINGHA speaks at the ALWALEED BIN TALAL CENTER FOR MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDING(at GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY) (recorded on February 25, 2015):  The caste system is the Indian hierarchical classification of people into ranked groups called varnas. There are four varnas in the caste system, Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, and Shudras that are organized by occupation and maintained through endogamy. While […]

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The Future of World Religions: Why Muslims Are Rising Fastest & and Unaffiliated Are Shrinking

The Future of World Religions: Why Muslims Are Rising Fastest & and Unaffiliated Are Shrinking

[ 0 ] April 3, 2015 |

“Over the next four decades, Christians will remain the largest religious group, but Islam will grow faster than any other major religion. If current trends continue, by 2050 the number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians around the world…India will have the largest Muslim population of any country in the world, surpassing Indonesia… Muslims […]

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Return of the Public Square: Failure or Not, the Arab Spring ‘Made People More Politically Active & Aware’

Return of the Public Square: Failure or Not, the Arab Spring ‘Made People More Politically Active & Aware’

[ 0 ] April 1, 2015 |

“One of the most important outcomes of these movements has been the return of politics to the public sphere and the return of the square as the place for it” — Nezar AlSayyad, professor of architecture, planning, urban design and urban history at the University of California at Berkeley  by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on […]

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Islamophobia in China and Pakistan’s Vow of Silence

Islamophobia in China and Pakistan’s Vow of Silence

[ 0 ] March 31, 2015 |

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 […]

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WATCH: Rethinking Global Cities — Infrastructure, Urban Development & Change in China,Turkey and Ghana

[ 0 ] March 26, 2015 |

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 […]

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