Category: Eurasia

WATCH: “The Impact of Russia’s Annexation of Crimea on the Central Eurasian Islamic World” (with Charles Weller)

WATCH: “The Impact of Russia’s Annexation of Crimea on the Central Eurasian Islamic World” (with Charles Weller)

[ 0 ] April 10, 2015 |

CHARLES WELLER speaks at the ALWALEED BIN TALAL CENTER FOR MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDING(At GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY) (recorded on March 19, 2015):  Dr. Weller’s talk focused on four main, interrelated dimensions of the impact of the Crimean and Ukrainian Crises on the Central Eurasian Islamic World: (1) The response of the Crimean Tatar community and impact on Russo-Tatar relations within […]

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The Future of World Religions: Why Muslims Are Rising Fastest & and Unaffiliated Are Shrinking

The Future of World Religions: Why Muslims Are Rising Fastest & and Unaffiliated Are Shrinking

[ 0 ] April 3, 2015 |

“Over the next four decades, Christians will remain the largest religious group, but Islam will grow faster than any other major religion. If current trends continue, by 2050 the number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians around the world…India will have the largest Muslim population of any country in the world, surpassing Indonesia… Muslims […]

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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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