Category: Eurasia

Suleyman Shah’s Tomb Exhumed, Mausoleum Pre-emptively Destroyed, Syrian Territory Annexed by Turkey?

Suleyman Shah’s Tomb Exhumed, Mausoleum Pre-emptively Destroyed, Syrian Territory Annexed by Turkey?

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by SAM HARDY for CONFLICT ANTIQUITIES (BLOG) on FEBRUARY 23, 2015:  It’s difficult to headline or even strapline the story of these events, but Turkey has extracted sarcophagi and other artefacts from a Turkish exclave that is surrounded by Islamic State-held Syrian territory, and apparently deliberately destroyed the mausoleum that housed the tombs. What, you might […]

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Bruce Lawrence on “Who is Allah?” (Book Essay)

Bruce Lawrence on “Who is Allah?” (Book Essay)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

“We invoke the name of Allah to bless a meal. We invoke His name before opening a book we are about to read. We invoke His name to anticipate an action. We invoke His name to mark a ritual slaughter. Why do all religions put such a focus on the name of this or that […]

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Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

[ 0 ] February 17, 2015 |

by PENDA MBOW for SUD ONLINE on JANUARY 15, 2015 *originally published in French, translated here in English:  The time has come, a week after the tragic and inexcusable events in Paris, the killing of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and the taking of hostages in a Hypercacher supermarket, to begin an honest debate among all, […]

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Rethinking Global Cities: Why Istanbul Is A Success For Some, ‘Urban Plunder’ For Others

Rethinking Global Cities: Why Istanbul Is A Success For Some, ‘Urban Plunder’ For Others

[ 0 ] February 4, 2015 |

“Istanbul is the economic, cultural, and historical heart of Turkey, and the only city in the world located on two continents. Between 1453 and 1922, Istanbul was the capital city of the Ottoman Empire, which extended into southeastern Europe, the eastern Mediterranean and North Africa. Until 1924, it was the seat of the last Islamic […]

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Phil Bennett and Moises Naim on 21st-century Censorship (inc. Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey)

[ 0 ] January 13, 2015 |

Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media by PHIL BENNETT AND MOISES NAIM for COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW on JANUARY 5, 2015: Two beliefs safely inhabit the canon of contemporary thinking about journalism. The first is that the internet is the most powerful force disrupting the news media. The second is […]

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Duke Ceremony Thursday to Pay Tribute to Pioneering Turkish Studies Scholar

Duke Ceremony Thursday to Pay Tribute to Pioneering Turkish Studies Scholar

[ 0 ] January 7, 2015 |

Talât Sait Halman had strong connections to Duke scholars by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary for DUKE TODAY on JANUARY 6, 2015:  DURHAM, NC – Turkish scholar, poet and translator Talât Sait Halman passed away last month at the age of 83.  A mentor, respected colleague, and friend to Turkish studies scholars around the world […]

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A Proposal: Let’s Disentangle Religion from Politics

A Proposal: Let’s Disentangle Religion from Politics

[ 0 ] January 7, 2015 |

by Sümeyye Kocaman for ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 7, 2015: As we hear more and more about the Caliphate, the ummah, Islamic law and the Islamic State, I am surprised by many things: the so-called experts’ lack of information; how the facts are being politically manipulated; how people of faith are letting religion be used in this […]

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The Celebration of Mawlid, The Birthday of the Prophet (by Omid Safi)

The Celebration of Mawlid, The Birthday of the Prophet (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] January 2, 2015 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on JANUARY 2, 2014:  Lots of people argue over Christmas, whether it is the holy day to honor the birth of the Jesus or a commercial, secular holiday. (And at least to Neil deGrasse Tyson, the birth of Isaac Newton). Muslims are no strangers to arguments, and have their […]

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WATCH: Santa Claus is from Turkey?

[ 0 ] December 26, 2014 |

via MARK LOWEN/BBC NEWS on DECEMBER 24, 2014:  Although widely thought to hail from the North Pole, Santa Claus is in fact originally from Turkey. The BBC’s Mark Lowen visited the southern Turkish town of Demre to trace the roots of old Santa.

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Turkey Reinvents the One-Party State

Turkey Reinvents the One-Party State

[ 0 ] December 24, 2014 |

by Erdağ Göknar, Writing from Istanbul for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 22, 2014: If we read the recent government-ordered police raids against opposition media in reverse, we can get a better sense of how last year’s bribery and corruption investigation (December 17-25, 2013) — targeting figures connected to Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) — hit close […]

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