Category: Asia

China: Uighur Scholar’s Trial a Travesty of Justice (Trial Starts Today)

China: Uighur Scholar’s Trial a Travesty of Justice (Trial Starts Today)

[ 0 ] September 17, 2014 |

Ilham Tohti Could Face Sentence of 10 Years to Life via HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH on SEPTEMBER 15, 2014:  (New York) – The prosecution of China’s most prominent Uighur scholar, the economist Ilham Tohti, is a disturbing example of politicized show trials and intolerance for peaceful criticism, Human Rights Watch said today. The trial only serves […]

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Let’s Tweet About Sex? Frank Talk About Teen Health, LGBT Rights, and Family Planning in Indonesia

Let’s Tweet About Sex? Frank Talk About Teen Health, LGBT Rights, and Family Planning in Indonesia

[ 1 ] September 16, 2014 |

Columbia University graduate student Sarah Wall interned this summer at a youth center in Indonesia where sexual education and reproductive services were administered to at-risk teens by SARAH WALL for ISLAMiCOMMENTARY on SEPTEMBER 16, 2014: Would you be surprised to see a devout Muslim female coworker tenderly embrace a transgender woman in a green, sparkly […]

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WATCH: American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

WATCH: American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

[ 0 ] September 15, 2014 |

via THE WILSON CENTER on SEPTEMBER 15, 2014:  Journalists, policymakers, and pundits are once again debating whether Americans have turned away from the world. Officials from both sides of the aisle warn about an “isolationism dictated by the past.” Contrary to this conventional view, new survey results from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs show […]

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Challenging Uyghur Muslim Identity: More Enforcement, Worse Results (Haiyun Ma, I-wei Jennifer Chang)

Challenging Uyghur Muslim Identity: More Enforcement, Worse Results (Haiyun Ma, I-wei Jennifer Chang)

[ 0 ] September 12, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for CHINA BRIEF (Volume: 14 Issue: 17) on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014: Following deadly attacks in Beijing, Kunming and Urumqi over the last year, the Xinjiang government has intensified its efforts to regulate Uyghur religious activities. The provincial government has once again reinforced its ban on Ramadan fasting for Uyghur […]

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WATCH LIVE AT 5p: Amb. Daniel Benjamin and Fran Townsend Discuss the Evolving Terrorist Threat (#DukeTerrorTalk)

[ 0 ] September 10, 2014 |

TWEET ABOUT THIS LIVE-STREAMED TALK #DukeTerrorTalk or Tweet @DukeSanford and/or @ISLAMiComment via TRIANGLE CENTER ON TERRORISM AND HOMELAND SECURITY (Duke/UNC-Chapel Hill/RTI International consortium) on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014:  The 2014 Robert R. Wilson Lecture this year is a discussion between two leading counterterrorism experts from the Bush and Obama administrations. Fran Townsend, former chair of the Homeland Security […]

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John Esposito on His Career, the Current State of IR Scholarship on Islam, the Rise of ISIS, and Islamophobia

John Esposito on His Career, the Current State of IR Scholarship on Islam, the Rise of ISIS, and Islamophobia

[ 0 ] September 9, 2014 |

INTERVIEW WITH JOHN ESPOSITO via E-INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS on SEPTEMBER 8, 2014:  John L. Esposito is University Professor, Professor of Religion & International Affairs and of Islamic Studies, and Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Previously, he was Loyola Professor of Middle East Studies, […]

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WATCH: Hamza Yusuf — “When We Harm Peoples from Other Religions and Other Cultures, it Harms Our Religion”

[ 0 ] September 8, 2014 |

“When we harm people from other cultures and other religions, it harms our own religion” via YOUTUBE (via Dawud Israel’s channel) on SEPTEMBER 7, 2014:  Hamza Yusuf speaks on ISIS — from recent Malaysia Nur ala Nur Academys talks that were made public to everyone. — Hamza Yusuf is a president, cofounder, and senior faculty […]

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Amina Wadud: Muslim Separatists and The Idea of an “Islamic” State

Amina Wadud: Muslim Separatists and The Idea of an “Islamic” State

[ 0 ] September 8, 2014 |

Since the horrible events in the US on September 11th 2001 I have experienced an overwhelming tendency of Muslim apologia. Any time anyone who identifies as Muslim commits horrific acts, Muslim civil organizations and community leaders have been quick to not to condone these acts. Sometimes they use the language “this is not Islam”. This […]

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The Islamic State Campaign: Key Strategic and Tactical Challenges (CSIS)

[ 0 ] September 4, 2014 |

by ANTHONY H. CORDESMAN for CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (CSIS) on SEPTEMBER 2, 2014:  Transition in Afghanistan Grand Strategic Context Secular, “Christian” U.S. with poor track record in Iraq and ties to Israel; lack of allied confidence in U.S. in Arab world and Turkey; No allied unity. Islamic State is only one of […]

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Responding to 9/11: Counterterrorism Policy in the 21st Century (MOOC starts 10/20)

Responding to 9/11: Counterterrorism Policy in the 21st Century (MOOC starts 10/20)

[ 0 ] September 4, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, via COURSERA and DAVID SCHANZER on SEPTEMBER 3, 2014:  9/11 was a devastating attack that required a comprehensive response from the United States. This course will examine post-9/11 U.S. counterterrorism policies regarding the use of military force, law enforcement and intelligence collection, and domestic security. We will trace […]

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