Category: Middle East and North Africa

WATCH Haroon Moghul: “An Attack on Any Mosque is An Attack on All Mosques”

[ 0 ] July 3, 2015 |

by HAROON MOGHUL on JULY 1, 2015:  Whether you’re Sunni or Shi’a, Sufi or Salafi, Hanafi, Hanbali, Maliki or Shafi’i, Ja’fari or Zaydi, Isma’ili or Ibadi, you are a Muslim. Let’s stop the hate.    Haroon Moghul is the author of “The Order of Light” and “My First Police State.” His memoir, “How to be Muslim”, is […]

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Pitfalls of Turkish-Chinese Relations in a Microcosm (by James M. Dorsey)

Pitfalls of Turkish-Chinese Relations in a Microcosm (by James M. Dorsey)

[ 0 ] July 3, 2015 |

by JAMES M. DORSEY for THE TURBULENT WORLD OF MIDDLE EAST SOCCER on JULY 3, 2015:  Turkish soccer player Alpaslan Ozturk’s decision to risk fame and wealth by expressing support for the embattled Turkic Uighur minority in Xinjiang reflects pressures in China’s ties to Turkey, its most complex relationship in the Muslim world and a […]

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The Israeli Left, BDS, and the ‘Habit of Hope’ (Rebecca Stein Interviews Rela Mazali)

[ 0 ] July 3, 2015 |

by REBECCA STEIN for MONDOWEISS on JULY 1, 2015:  Rela Mazali is one of the founders of the Israeli feminist organization New Profile, Movement for the Demilitarization of Israeli Society. Founded in 1988, the activist organization is committed to educating the Israeli public about the centrality of war culture within Israeli society, to advancing demilitarization, […]

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Kuwait: New Law a Breakthrough for Domestic Workers (via Human Rights Watch)

[ 0 ] July 1, 2015 |

Guarantees Crucial Rights, but Gaps Remain via HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH on JUNE 30, 2015:  (Beirut) – Kuwaiti legislators’ adoption on June 24, 2015, of a new law giving domestic workers enforceable labor rights is a major breakthrough that should lead other Gulf states to take similar action, Human Rights Watch said today. Kuwaiti authorities should […]

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From Duke Authors, A Hammock of New Summer Reads (inc. Bail,Bradley,Moosa, Mottahedeh,Tuna)

From Duke Authors, A Hammock of New Summer Reads (inc. Bail,Bradley,Moosa, Mottahedeh,Tuna)

[ 0 ] July 1, 2015 |

by STUART WELLS for DUKE TODAY on JUNE 26, 2015:  Spanning cancer biology, career advice, religious studies and poetry, Duke writers offer an array of topics to fill your summer reading needs. Many of the books, including new editions of previous titles, can be found on the “Duke Authors” display shelves near the circulation desk […]

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WATCH: Nasser Rabat and Burak Erdim Discuss Medieval Global Cairo

WATCH: Nasser Rabat and Burak Erdim Discuss Medieval Global Cairo

[ 0 ] June 30, 2015 |

via JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER (posted on JUNE 25, 2015):  Nasser Rabbat and Burak Erdim sit down to discuss architecture and the global city. Rabbat is the Aga Khan Professor and the Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Erdim is an Assistant Professor of Architecture in […]

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Daniel Varisco: Assessing the Damage from the “Storm” (in Yemen)

Daniel Varisco: Assessing the Damage from the “Storm” (in Yemen)

[ 0 ] June 30, 2015 |

by DANIEL VARISCO for MENA Tidningen on JUNE 29, 2015: Since four months have now gone by since the start of “Operation Decisive Storm,” what has been accomplished?  The Houthi/Ali Abdullah Salih alliance controls as much ground in Yemen as they did when the bombing started and may have even gained ground.  In the south Ansar […]

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Liberalism and the American Muslim Predicament (Sherman Jackson for Islamic Monthly)

[ 0 ] June 29, 2015 |

by SHERMAN JACKSON for ISLAMIC MONTHLY on JUNE 27, 2015:  In his provocative book, White, Richard Dyer observes that the real power of American whiteness lay in its effective invisibility. While Hispanics, Asians, blacks and others are immediately recognized as raced, whites enjoy the presumption of being just “humans.” This raises their perspective above critique, […]

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LISTEN: After Killing Of 38 Tourists, Tunisia Cracks Down On Islamists (via Alice Fordham, NPR)

[ 0 ] June 29, 2015 |

“If they (young Tunisians) feel society doesn’t accept them, they might think it’s fine to harm society”  by ALICE FORDHAM for NPR NEWS on JUNE 29, 2015:  Officials in Tunisia ordered some mosques closed and banned some fringe Islamist political parties. Some Tunisians fear the government is going too far by limiting personal and religious liberties. LISTEN […]

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Has Hospitality Turned to “Hostipitality” for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon ? (by miriam cooke)

Has Hospitality Turned to “Hostipitality” for Syrian Refugees in Lebanon ? (by miriam cooke)

[ 0 ] June 26, 2015 |

Unable to find shelter in Lebanese areas, many Syrian refugees have fled to overcrowded Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, where the UN and NGOs, with scarce resources, try to help by miriam cooke for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 26, 2015: The curtain opens on a makeshift classroom somewhere in Lebanon. Chalked on a blackboard: “We sing the chorus […]

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