Category: Eurasia

Happy Nowruz ! From the Silk Roads, to Iran, to the US and In Between

Happy Nowruz ! From the Silk Roads, to Iran, to the US and In Between

[ 0 ] March 21, 2015 |

Video above from AFP: Iranians were out shopping ahead of the Persian New Year Nowruz. The Iranian new year, which begins on March 20, coincides with the first day of spring compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary:  Wishing those who celebrate it a Happy Nowruz (Nowruz Mobarak) from the Silk Roads, to Iran, to the […]

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WATCH: Ready for Vacation? Study Abroad? Visit Turkey & Morocco

WATCH: Ready for Vacation? Study Abroad? Visit Turkey & Morocco

[ 0 ] March 11, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 11, 2015: The University of Texas Middle Eastern Studies Department posted a couple amazing professionally-produced videos on it’s Facebook page this month — snapshots of Turkey and Morocco. Both are popular destinations for university students who study abroad and for tourists. The video above was produced and directed by […]

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The Future of Central Asian Studies: A Eulogy (by Sarah Kendzior)

The Future of Central Asian Studies: A Eulogy (by Sarah Kendzior)

[ 0 ] March 9, 2015 |

“Our field is a cautionary tale on the dangers of linking independent academic research to military intelligence.” — Sarah Kendzior by SARAH KENDZIOR for SARAH KENDZIOR blog on MARCH 8, 2015:  Yesterday I gave the keynote speech at the 22nd conference of the  Association of Central Eurasian Students at Indiana University. I am an alumnus […]

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Not Guilty, but Responsible: A Turkish Scholar Researches the Armenian Genocide

Not Guilty, but Responsible: A Turkish Scholar Researches the Armenian Genocide

[ 0 ] March 6, 2015 |

by WILLIAM FOREMAN for GLOBAL MICHIGAN (UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN) on MARCH 2, 2015:  ANN ARBOR—When Fatma Muge Gocek came to the U.S. for graduate school, she was introduced to a student who was Armenian. He smiled and asked where she was from. When Gocek said, “Turkey,” the grin disappeared and his face became full of […]

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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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