Category: Eurasia

WATCH: Duke Professor Traces His Family History to Istanbul

WATCH: Duke Professor Traces His Family History to Istanbul

[ 0 ] January 26, 2016 |

by DUKE GLOBAL on JANUARY 26, 2016:  Professor Erdağ Göknar became a scholar of Middle Eastern and Turkish studies after tracing his own family history to Istanbul during World War I. Here he discusses his family’s refugee story, his work with Nobel Prize winning novelist Orhan Pamuk and how he teaches global contexts to students […]

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Muslim Leaders Convene Conference on Rights of Religious Minorities in Muslim-Majority Communities

Muslim Leaders Convene Conference on Rights of Religious Minorities in Muslim-Majority Communities

[ 0 ] January 25, 2016 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 25, 2016:  Muslim leaders from throughout the world kicked off a three-day conference today (1/25-1/27) on protecting non-Muslims called “The Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Majority Communities: Legal Framework and a Call to Action.” Hosted by King Muhammad VI of Morocco, the meeting is thought to […]

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LISTEN: David Schanzer on the Istanbul Bombing & The Growing Threat of ISIS

LISTEN: David Schanzer on the Istanbul Bombing & The Growing Threat of ISIS

[ 0 ] January 12, 2016 |

via ON SECURITY on JANUARY 12, 2016: In the latest installment of On Security, Scott Briggaman speaks with David Schanzer about the bombing in Istanbul today and the growing threat of ISIS. He also speaks with Scott about the impact of low oil prices and how the twelve-year low may affect the economy. David H. […]

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Rami Khouri: 2015’s Dark Legacy in the Middle East (in Cairo Review)

Rami Khouri: 2015’s Dark Legacy in the Middle East (in Cairo Review)

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

The dark, sick heart of 2015 is the narrowing space across the entire Middle East for citizens to express themselves freely on issues that matter to them and their families. by RAMI KHOURI for CAIRO REVIEW on JANUARY 2, 2016:  I have always been dubious about looking back at the past year and coming up […]

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ISLAMiCommentary/TIRN Featured in New SSRC Report ‘Religion, Media and the Digital Turn’

ISLAMiCommentary/TIRN Featured in New SSRC Report ‘Religion, Media and the Digital Turn’

[ 0 ] December 17, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 17, 2015:  We at the Duke Islamic Studies Center are pleased to announce that the work of the Carnegie Corporation of New York-supported Transcultural Islam Project (ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN) has been highlighted in a new report by the Social Science Research Council — “Religion, Media and the […]

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WATCH: Omid Safi and Cemalnur Sargut Discuss Unity in Islam

WATCH: Omid Safi and Cemalnur Sargut Discuss Unity in Islam

[ 0 ] December 10, 2015 |

via DUKE ISLAMIC STUDIES CENTER/JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER on DECEMBER 10, 2015: In this video Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center Omid Safi asks Cemalnur Sargut to explain the idea of unity in Islam. The two sat down for a lengthy conversation at Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Center in October 2015 that also covered […]

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The Cost of Kindness (by Colin Colter)

[ 0 ] December 9, 2015 |

“Calls for a more tolerant society are quite vogue these days. Particularly in the United States, with our present confrontations of racial violence, religious ignorance, and an increasingly exclusionary idea of what it is to be an “American,” tolerance seems like a pretty peachy deal. The problem with tolerance is that at best it “allows” […]

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WATCH: Jentleson and Feaver Talk Turkey & Russia Tensions; Paris Climate Talks

[ 0 ] December 4, 2015 |

via DUKE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE on DECEMBER 2, 2015:  With tensions rising between Turkey and Russia and the ongoing Climate talk in Paris, what role should the United States play? Peter Feaver and Bruce Jentleson debate the implications in this episode of Foreign Exchange. Foreign Exchange is produced by the Department of Political Science […]

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John McHugo on “Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years” (Book Q & A)

John McHugo on “Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years” (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] December 4, 2015 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 4, 2015: Is there a more tragic country in the world today than Syria ?  How did it descend into chaos, conflict, and crisis? John McHugo offers some answers in Syria: A History of the Last […]

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Guilty Buildings and Innocent Objects (by Annabel Jane Wharton)

Guilty Buildings and Innocent Objects (by Annabel Jane Wharton)

[ 0 ] November 23, 2015 |

by ANNABEL WHARTON for ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 23, 2015:  The Nobel Prize-winning author, Orhan Pamuk, published a novel titled Museum of Innocence in 2008 and opened a museum of the same name in Istanbul in 2012. The novel was conceived as a kind of museum catalog of common objects—soda bottles, earrings, photographs, cigarette butts — […]

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