Category: Eurasia

Is Turkey in a “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t” Situation?

Is Turkey in a “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t” Situation?

[ 0 ] October 21, 2014 |

by BAHAR LEVENTOGLU for ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 21, 2014:  In a dramatic policy shift, Turkey decided Monday to allow Iraqi Kurdish forces, the peshmerga, to cross the Turkish border into Syria to help fight Islamic State militants in the Kurdish town of Kobani — under siege by ISIS for nearly a month. This came hours after […]

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WATCH: Steffen Kaupp on Turkish-German Satire

[ 0 ] October 21, 2014 |

via COUNCIL FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES/JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER on SEPTEMBER 29, 2014:  Steffen Kaupp, a Duke PdD student in the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies, outlines his research on Turkish-German satire and his interdisciplinary work with the Duke University Council for European Studies.  

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WATCH: Tom Cinq-Mars and His Research on the Druzbha Oil Pipeline’s Impact on the Tatars

[ 0 ] October 17, 2014 |

via COUNCIL FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES/JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER on SEPTEMBER 26, 2014:  Tom Cinq-Mars, a Duke PhD student in the History Department, outlines his research on the Druzhba oil pipeline’s impact on Russia’s (Muslim) Tatar populations and his interdisciplinary work with the Council for European Studies.

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A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of ‘What is Veiling?’

A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of ‘What is Veiling?’

[ 0 ] October 13, 2014 |

ISLAMiCommentary editor’s note: There seems to be no end to controversies and misunderstandings surrounding veiling. Here is a Q & A with Islamic studies professor Sahar Amer on her new book “What is Veiling” followed by an op-ed she wrote for the online journal “The Conversation” on debates on veiling in Australia. Amer also did […]

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Turkey, the Kurds and Iraq: The Prize and Peril of Kirkuk (STRATFOR)

[ 0 ] October 8, 2014 |

by REVA BHALLA for STRATFOR (mirrored on REAL CLEAR WORLD) on OCTOBER 7, 2014:  In June 1919, aboard an Allied warship en route to Paris, sat Damat Ferid Pasha, the Grand Vizier of a crumbling Ottoman Empire. The elderly statesman, donning an iconic red fez and boasting an impeccably groomed mustache, held in his hands a […]

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“Dark Times” in Azerbaijan (HRW)

[ 0 ] October 8, 2014 |

by VERONKIA SZENTE GOLDSTON for POLICY REVIEW/HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH on OCTOBER 7, 2014:  It is time for Azerbaijan’s international partners to draw a red line. The European Parliament and the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly have both spoken out and urged Baku to end the ongoing crackdown and release all those wrongfully imprisoned. Now it’s […]

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Eid-ul-Adha Mubarak !

Eid-ul-Adha Mubarak !

[ 0 ] October 3, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on OCTOBER 3, 2014:  Wishing all who celebrate it a joyous Eid-ul-Adha! The holiday will be commemorated from Saturday, October 4 through Sunday October 5. It will coincide this year with the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. To celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the Duke Muslim Students […]

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ISLAMiCommentary Celebrates Two Years!

ISLAMiCommentary Celebrates Two Years!

[ 1 ] September 29, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on September 29, 2014: Though many months in the planning, ISLAMiCommentary officially launched in October 2012. An outgrowth of the Carnegie Corporation of New York-supported Transcultural Islam Project, this forum for public scholarship is thriving and continues to grow. A humble to thank you to all of our readers, Facebook, […]

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Omid Safi: Engaging in the Public Discussion on Islam

Omid Safi: Engaging in the Public Discussion on Islam

[ 0 ] September 26, 2014 |

Duke alumnus returns to lead Islamic Studies Center by GEOFFREY MOCK for DUKE TODAY on SEPTEMBER 25, 2014:  Omid Safi came to Duke two decades ago “a shy, geeky poor immigrant kid from Iran.” He returns now as a senior faculty member determined to repay a debt for allowing him “to dream dreams I didn’t […]

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Turkish President Erdogan Urges Support for Victims of Terrorism

Turkish President Erdogan Urges Support for Victims of Terrorism

[ 0 ] September 25, 2014 |

via UN NEWS CENTRE on SEPTEMBER 24, 2014: 24 September 2014 – With more than 1.5 million refugees seeking refuge in Turkey, President Tayyip Erdogan today called for international support to aid victims of terrorism, while also making a case for reform of the United Nations Security Council. Addressing the 69th high-level debate of the […]

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