Category: Eurasia

Erdoğan and the Kurds: Will Early Elections in Turkey Change the Course of Conflict ?

Erdoğan and the Kurds: Will Early Elections in Turkey Change the Course of Conflict ?

[ 0 ] August 28, 2015 |

by KUBILAY YADO ARIN for ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 28, 2015:  Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan this week called for new elections on November 1, after his government failed to form a coalition following the June poll in which his party —the AKP — failed to win a majority of seats. His party’s iron grip on government […]

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Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change Released Ahead of December Talks

Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change Released Ahead of December Talks

[ 1 ] August 25, 2015 |

“The Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change, drafted by an international group of Islamic scholars, is a call based on Islamic teachings to cut greenhouse gas emissions and urges governments to agree on an ambitious deal during December’s Paris climate talks. It warns that the “current rate of climate change cannot be sustained, and the […]

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Dates of Compassion (by Miguel Guevara Jr.)

Dates of Compassion (by Miguel Guevara Jr.)

[ 0 ] August 3, 2015 |

by MIGUEL GUEVARA JR. for DUKE IN TURKEY 2015 on JULY 28, 2015:  Dear Mother, As I write to you today from my desk just out of view from the Bosphorus, I think you and I have had a misguided picture of Turkey and of the people who inhabit it – a picture of Turkey, […]

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Turkey, the Kurds & the Syrian Conflict (an analysis by Kubilay Arin)

Turkey, the Kurds & the Syrian Conflict (an analysis by Kubilay Arin)

[ 0 ] August 2, 2015 |

by KUBILAY YADO ARIN for ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 2, 2015:  According to the Turkish military, two Turkish soldiers were killed today and 31 wounded in a suicide attack in eastern Turkey near the border with Iran, reported major news outlets. The military blamed Kurdish militants from the PKK for the attack. Last weekend, as Turkish and […]

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LISTEN: Morning in Istanbul — Istanbul Sabah (played on the Ney)

[ 0 ] July 30, 2015 |

via ABI HAZAN’s Youtube channel, uploaded on JULY 13, 2009:   Ney – Istanbulda Sabah — Morning in Istanbul  

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The Reed Artist (by Rollo Romig)

[ 0 ] July 30, 2015 |

A writer searches for the king of the ney – an enigmatic and at times endangered flute that has long been a mainstay of Muslim musical traditions. by ROLLO ROMIG for CRAFTSMANSHIP, JULY 2015:  I have no idea when I first heard the sound of the ney. It’s an instrument that everyone’s heard before, even […]

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“Exploring my Religious Identity” (Turkish-American Duke Student Feels Culture Clash in Istanbul)

“Exploring my Religious Identity” (Turkish-American Duke Student Feels Culture Clash in Istanbul)

[ 0 ] July 27, 2015 |

by NUR CARDAKLI for DUKE IN TURKEY 2015 on JULY 24, 2015:   As a whole, the city of Istanbul is heralded as being very urban and modern, but one of the things that struck me as most surprising during my time in Turkey is the distinct atmosphere in each of the neighborhoods. Some districts, like […]

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Kubilay Yado Arin: “Pressing Need for Compromise on Turkish-Kurdish Issue”

Kubilay Yado Arin: “Pressing Need for Compromise on Turkish-Kurdish Issue”

[ 0 ] July 27, 2015 |

UPDATE ON TUESDAY JULY 28:  Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Ankara could not continue the peace process with the Kurds amid continuing attacks against Turkish targets. by **JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, with KUBILAY YADO ARIN, on JULY 27, 2015:  As Turkish and U.S. officials reportedly worked on a plan to […]

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LISTEN: Why Islam Is on the Rise (Ani Zonneveld and Omid Safi Interviewed)

LISTEN: Why Islam Is on the Rise (Ani Zonneveld and Omid Safi Interviewed)

[ 0 ] July 23, 2015 |

by KERRI MILLER for MPR NEWS on JULY 23, 2015:  GUESTS: Ani Zonneveld: Founder and president of Muslims for Progressive Values Omid Safi: Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center By 2050, the number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians in the world, according to The Pew Research Center. In the United States, […]

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Muslim Scholars Name Climate Change as Dire Threat

Muslim Scholars Name Climate Change as Dire Threat

[ 0 ] July 21, 2015 |

Islamic declaration adds to growing pressure religious leaders exert on richer nations to reduce impact on Earth’s climate by KIERAN COOKE for RTCC on JULY 15, 2015:  Human beings could cause the ending of life on the planet, says a group of Islamic scholars − and countries round the world, particularly the rich ones, must face […]

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