Category: Middle East and North Africa

The Armenian ‘Genocide’ Debate 100 Years On (a compilation of views)

The Armenian ‘Genocide’ Debate 100 Years On (a compilation of views)

[ 0 ] April 24, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 24, 2015:  Here is a compilation of some views on the matter, beginning with a report from the events in Istanbul today as reported in the Turkish paper “Today’s Zaman.” Turks, Armenians Commemorate Armenian ‘Genocide’ in İstanbul by ZEYNEP KARATAŞ for TODAY’S ZAMAN on APRIL 24, […]

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Statement by the U.S. President on Armenian Remembrance Day

Statement by the U.S. President on Armenian Remembrance Day

[ 0 ] April 24, 2015 |

by PRESIDENT OBAMA (WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT) on APRIL 23, 2015:  This year we mark the centennial of the Meds Yeghern, the first mass atrocity of the 20th Century.  Beginning in 1915, the Armenian people of the Ottoman Empire were deported, massacred, and marched to their deaths.  Their culture and heritage in their ancient homeland were […]

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LISTEN: How Jihadis Recruit in America (Schanzer, Greenberg, Levin on MPR)

LISTEN: How Jihadis Recruit in America (Schanzer, Greenberg, Levin on MPR)

[ 0 ] April 24, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary via MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO/MRP NEWS WITH KERRI MILLER on APRIL 22, 2015:  On Sunday, six men were arrested in Minnesota and California on federal terrorism charges. They are accused of conspiring to travel to join ISIS in Syria–and the arrests are the result of a lengthy FBI surveillance […]

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Can Moroccan Government Purge Extremism From Islam? (via US News & World Report)

Can Moroccan Government Purge Extremism From Islam? (via US News & World Report)

[ 0 ] April 24, 2015 |

The African nation of Morocco is fighting ISIS and the Houthis abroad while trying to brand a counterinsurgency plan at home. “(Duke University political science professor) Abdeslam Maghraoui considers Morocco’s attempts to reform domestic religion against extremism as inherently flawed: Terrorists rarely operate openly in public mosques like those Morocco is trying to regulate, and […]

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WATCH: One Student’s Language Journey in Tatar, Russian and Persian

[ 0 ] April 24, 2015 |

via UNC GLOBAL:  Studying languages has taken Lily Herbert ’16 to places she never imagined she’d go. Herbert, who is from Raleigh, North Carolina, is majoring in global studies and geography. She’s studying Persian and Turkish on campus and has learned Tatar through a Foreign Language and Area Studies award. “Studying languages at UNC has […]

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WATCH: Palestinian Rappers Tackle Sexism

[ 0 ] April 23, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary (via DAM RAP/YOUTUBE) on APRIL 23, 2015 Greenprophet.com reports (April 21, 2015):  “I am the dishes, the ironing, I am everything, I am nothing. But remind me: Who are you?” So plays the hook of a new feminist anthem released by the Palestinian rappers, DAM. The video for “Who You […]

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Shafeeq Ghabra: “The Arab Spring is like the Big Bang. It Opened the Space. Nobody Can Close it Again.”

Shafeeq Ghabra: “The Arab Spring is like the Big Bang. It Opened the Space. Nobody Can Close it Again.”

[ 0 ] April 23, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary (via UNIVERSITY OF DENVER’S CENTER FOR MIDDLE EAST STUDIES) on APRIL 22, 2015:  This past January Nader Hashemi, Director of the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies, interviewed Shafeeq Ghabra on his thoughts on the Arab world “between revolution and counter-revolution,” and why he’s put his hope for […]

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Hussein Rashid Answers the Question: “What Does Islam Say About Images?”

[ 0 ] April 22, 2015 |

by HUSSEIN RASHID for SACRED MATTERS (BLOG/EMORY UNIVERSITY) on APRIL 20, 2015:  “What does Islam say about images?” It is a question that seeks to understand religion through unitary and static prescriptions. The confusion starts because Muhammad played two roles within his community—religious and spiritual authority and polity leader. Like earlier Abrahamic prophets, the combination […]

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WATCH: Negar Mottahedeh on “An Anatomy of the Islamic Cyborg”

WATCH: Negar Mottahedeh on “An Anatomy of the Islamic Cyborg”

[ 0 ] April 21, 2015 |

via JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER (YOUTUBE) on  APRIL 21, 2015:  Negar Mottahedeh is an Associate Professor in Duke University’s Program in Literature. On April 1, 2015, Professor Mottahedeh presented on the power of social media during the Iranian election crisis of 2009. This was her description of the talk: “Unaccustomed as we are still to […]

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Syrian Writer-in-Exile Nihad Sirees: “There are Signs We Failed as Intellectuals”

Syrian Writer-in-Exile Nihad Sirees: “There are Signs We Failed as Intellectuals”

[ 0 ] April 21, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 21, 2015: If he wants to, Nihad Sirees can go down to the restaurant near where he lives in Berlin, and enjoy a beer or a glass of wine. And, at the same time, not enjoy it. Images of war in his native Syria bombard his head and […]

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