Evaluating a Complex Landscape by ZEYNEP TUFEKCI for COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (Vol 68, No 1 Fall/Winter 2014) on DECEMBER 12, 2014: SUMMARY: Recently, social movements have shaken countries around the world. Most of these movements have thoroughly integrated digital connectivity into their toolkits, especially for organizing, gaining publicity, and effectively communicating. Governments, too, have been […]
“Signs in Turkey are worrying. The rhetoric from the government has become increasingly belligerent. Meanwhile, legislation aimed at increasing political control of the courts and bureaucracy have been coupled with extensions of police powers.” — Howard Eissenstat by HOWARD EISSENSTAT for AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL on DECEMBER 15, 2014: A wave of arrests Sunday morning shook Turkey […]
Elif Shafak has a new book out called “The Architect’s Apprentice” — “an exuberant tale of a young boy’s twisting fortunes in 16th-century Istanbul” which “conveys deeper truths about human experience.” (reviewed by Rebecca Abrams in The Financial Times). Watch Shafak’s 2010 TED Talk above. via TED, JULY 2010: Listening to stories widens the imagination; telling them […]
by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on NOVEMBER 27, 2014: What if we have gotten Heaven all wrong? Many Christians, Muslims, and some Buddhists imagine a heavenly place as an eternal reward for the faithful. While this place is often described as a garden of serenity and tranquility, we often see many faithful arguing about who […]
Julie Schoonmaker reports on a talk by President George W. Bush’s national security adviser, Stephen Hadley, before about 200 people Tuesday night. by JULIE SCHOONMAKER for DUKE TODAY on DECEMBER 3, 2014: Hadley discussed current challenges facing the Obama Administration from China to the Middle East. He also reviewed what he considered to be the […]
by RUTH GLEDHILL for CHRISTIANITY TODAY on DECEMBER 4, 2014: Religious leaders are heralding a new dawn in Muslim-Christian relations following the three-day visit by the Pope to Turkey. Although some Muslims in Turkey criticised his decision to pray alongside a senior Islamic cleric in Istanbul’s Blue Mosque, described later by the Vatican as a […]
Erdogan, American Muslims, and a Sense of Belonging: Would a ‘Muslim’ Discovery of America Have Made a Difference?
by ABDUL LATIF for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 1, 2014: In a meeting with Latin American Muslim leaders last month Turkish President Erdogan claimed that Muslims discovered the Americas centuries before Columbus. This claim is not new. There are several well-meaning pieces of purported evidence: records of journeys from Muslim Spain; West African Mandinka inscriptions in […]
via WNYC/ON BEING on NOVEMBER 20, 2014: In a probing and personal conversation, Reza Aslan opens a refreshing window on religion in the world and Islam in particular. It’s a longer view of history and humanity than news cycles invite — certainly when it comes to the Arab Spring, or to ISIS.
compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 25, 2014: UPDATED NOV. 24 , 2014 : (VIA THE WASHINGTON POST) VIENNA — Nuclear talks with Iran will be extended for seven months after intense negotiations failed to reach a comprehensive accord but appeared to make encouraging headway, diplomats said Monday. (New target is June 30, 2015) […]
by BRUCE JENTLESON for THE HILL on NOVEMBER 20, 2014: Following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union, the term du jour was “post-Cold War world.” But this spoke more to what the world wasn’t than what it was. Sept. 11 did its own redefinition with terrorism central, but crowded out so […]