Category: Eurasia

The Making of the Modern, Muddled, Middle East (by David Schoenbaum/Wilson Quarterly)

[ 0 ] May 25, 2015 |

Why and how the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is more equal than all the others. by DAVID SCHOENBAUM for THE WILSON QUARTERLY, SPRING 2015: Everything is very simple, said Carl von Clausewitz. But the simplest thing is difficult. He was talking about war, but he could as easily have been talking about “The Eastern Question” — 19th […]

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WATCH: Dawn Chatty on Dispossession & Forced Migration in the Arab Middle East

[ 0 ] May 25, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 25, 2015:  Dawn Chatty, director of the Oxford Refugee Studies Center, spoke last month at Duke University on “Dispossession and Forced migration in the Arab Middle East.” Her presentation took place as part of Duke University’s Middle East Refugees Awareness Week, April 8-17, 2015 and was based on a […]

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Here Are the (Many) Muslim Condemnations of ISIS You’ve Been Looking For (via Bridge Initiative/Georgetown U)

Here Are the (Many) Muslim Condemnations of ISIS You’ve Been Looking For (via Bridge Initiative/Georgetown U)

[ 0 ] May 18, 2015 |

via THE BRIDGE INITIATIVE (at Georgetown University’s Al-Waleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding) on APRIL 26, 2015:  EXCERPT: As part of an ongoing project that monitors and maps Muslims’ condemnations of terrorism, The Bridge Initiative offers this summary of Muslims’ condemnations of ISIS. It’s the most comprehensive catalog ever compiled. To date, we’ve identified condemnations from more than 80 […]

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WATCH: Cemil Aydin on the Impossibility of the Millet System in Turkey — How it Succeeded and Why it Ultimately Failed

[ 0 ] May 15, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 15, 2015:  Cemil Aydin is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Aydin presented on the “Impossibility of the Millet System in the Age of Active Publics: Ottoman Tanzimat, Imperial Citizenship, and Cosmopolitan Pluralism, 1839-1915″ at the […]

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WATCH LIVE: Is the US Still the “Indispensable Nation”? (5/15 @9a)

WATCH LIVE: Is the US Still the “Indispensable Nation”? (5/15 @9a)

[ 0 ] May 14, 2015 |

*** Video of the event will appear live at 9am on May 15. If you are watching before then, you are seeing a video of a previous Wilson Center event…  via THE WILSON CENTER (EVENT) on MAY 15, 2015:  Is the United States Still the “Indispensable Nation”? Please join us for a half-day discussion with former […]

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WATCH: Global Norms, Geopolitics, and the Evolution of Minority Politics in Turkey

WATCH: Global Norms, Geopolitics, and the Evolution of Minority Politics in Turkey

[ 0 ] May 13, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary/TIRN on MAY 13, 2015:  Michael Reynolds, an Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, presented on “Global Norms, Geopolitics, and the Evolution of Minority Politics in Turkey” at the March 19, 2015 workshop “Turkish Reasonable Accommodations: From Multiculturalism to Secular Nationalism and Back.” “Often in analyses […]

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As Kyrgyzstan Joins Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union, Not Everyone’s Happy

As Kyrgyzstan Joins Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union, Not Everyone’s Happy

[ 0 ] May 12, 2015 |

by SOPHIA REHM for THE MOSCOW TIMES on MAY 6, 2015:  BISHKEK — The former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan is poised to become the fifth member of the Russia-driven Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) on May 9, but not all the country’s residents are thrilled about it. Alina, a teacher in Bishkek and a native of the city, is one of many feeling apprehensive. “I can’t imagine any positive […]

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WATCH: The Cosmo-Politics of Nostalgia — Istanbul, Identity, and Difference

WATCH: The Cosmo-Politics of Nostalgia — Istanbul, Identity, and Difference

[ 0 ] May 11, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary/TIRN on MAY 6, 2015:  Nora Fisher Onar is a Research Associate of the Centre for International Studies of the University of Oxford and a Transatlantic Fellow of the German Marshall Fund in Washington DC. Fisher Onar presented “The Cosmo-Politics of Nostalgia: Istanbul, Identity, and Difference” at the March […]

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Summer Reading? Here are Some Books on Islamic Feminism

Summer Reading? Here are Some Books on Islamic Feminism

[ 0 ] May 11, 2015 |

via FREEDOM FROM THE FORBIDDEN (BLOG):  Below is a list of books that I highly recommend to anyone interested in understanding re-interpretations of Islam, alternative readings to the traditionalist ones that are largely patriarchal in nature, or otherwise scholarship that complicate simplified ideas of Islam, women, gender, and sexuality. These books may be a response […]

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How the Occupation of Istanbul Shaped the Modern Middle East

How the Occupation of Istanbul Shaped the Modern Middle East

[ 0 ] May 5, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary for DUKE TODAY on APRIL 20, 2015:  DURHAM, NC – At the end of World War I, the defeated capital of the Ottoman Empire, Istanbul, was “a city of poverty and refugees” with a multi-ethnic population of 1 million, with 100,000 refugees including Balkan Muslims, Russians, Crimean and Caucasian […]

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