Category: Middle East and North Africa

Middle East Studies Association Members Defend Boycotts of Israel

Middle East Studies Association Members Defend Boycotts of Israel

[ 0 ] November 25, 2014 |

by PETER SCHMIDT for CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION on NOVEMBER 25, 2014:  Washington — Members of the Middle East Studies Association voted overwhelmingly at their annual conference here on Monday to defend the right of scholarly associations to boycott Israel and to set their own organization on a course to consider a boycott of its […]

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WATCH: Omid Safi on America, Islam and the Legacy of Dr. King Today

WATCH: Omid Safi on America, Islam and the Legacy of Dr. King Today

[ 0 ] November 25, 2014 |

compiled via DUKE ISLAMIC STUDIES CENTER and the DUKE DIVINITY SCHOOL, NOVEMBER 2014: Omid Safi on America, Islam, and the Legacy of Dr. King Today The prophetic tradition, led by Martin Luther King and others, was at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement. What does this tradition have to say to America today, in light […]

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Geopolitics of Kurdish Peace (by Serhun Al)

[ 0 ] November 24, 2014 |

Although Kobani has spurred a KRG-PYD strategic rapprochement, Kurdish unity across borders remains elusive. by SERHUN AL for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE (SADA) on NOVEMBER 20, 2014:  When Syria’s Kurdish town of Kobani—a border town between Syria and Turkey—became a target of the Islamic State (IS), Kurds across the region reacted with a new collective […]

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LISTEN: Reza Aslan– Islam’s Reformation

[ 0 ] November 24, 2014 |

via WNYC/ON BEING on NOVEMBER 20, 2014:  In a probing and personal conversation, Reza Aslan opens a refreshing window on religion in the world and Islam in particular. It’s a longer view of history and humanity than news cycles invite — certainly when it comes to the Arab Spring, or to ISIS.  

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Deal or No Deal? U.S./Iran Relations and the Possibility of a Nuclear Pact (a compilation)

Deal or No Deal? U.S./Iran Relations and the Possibility of a Nuclear Pact (a compilation)

[ 0 ] November 21, 2014 |

UPDATED NOV. 24, 2014: (VIA THE WASHINGTON POST) VIENNA — Nuclear talks with Iran will be extended for seven months after intense negotiations failed to reach a comprehensive accord but appeared to make encouraging headway, diplomats said Monday. (New target is June 30, 2015) compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 21, 2014:  As of […]

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Bruce Jentleson: Let the ‘Grand Strategy’ Debate Begin

Bruce Jentleson: Let the ‘Grand Strategy’ Debate Begin

[ 0 ] November 20, 2014 |

by BRUCE JENTLESON for THE HILL on NOVEMBER 20, 2014:  Following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union, the term du jour was “post-Cold War world.” But this spoke more to what the world wasn’t than what it was. Sept. 11 did its own redefinition with terrorism central, but crowded out so […]

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UAE Blacklists 82 Groups as “Terrorist”, including US Muslim Civil Rights & Advocacy Org. CAIR

[ 0 ] November 18, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 18, 2014:  What constitutes a terrorist organization? A wide-ranging list of 82 groups, named as “terrorist,” has been named by the United Arab Emirates. The breadth of the list — which includes the Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, the UK-based Cordoba Foundation and the Council on […]

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Gate A-4

[ 0 ] November 17, 2014 |

by NAOMI SHIHAB NYE for LIVE & LEARN (blog) on NOVEMBER 16, 2014:  Wandering around the Albuquerque Airport Terminal, after learning my flight had been delayed four hours, I heard an announcement: “If anyone in the vicinity of Gate A-4 understands any Arabic, please come to the gate immediately.” Well— one pauses these days. Gate A-4 was […]

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UCLA Mideast Center Fights Smears

UCLA Mideast Center Fights Smears

[ 0 ] November 17, 2014 |

by JAMES GELVIN for INFORMED COMMENT on NOVEMBER 15, 2014:  Response to criticisms of the G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies The G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies (hereafter CNES) of UCLA is one of the oldest such centers in the United States. It is also one of the largest, currently […]

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Omid Safi on “The Thief of Intimacy, Busyness”

Omid Safi on “The Thief of Intimacy, Busyness”

[ 0 ] November 14, 2014 |

The great Persian mystic Attar says: Every breath of your life is itself a jewel. by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on NOVEMBER 13, 2014:  I was sitting in our living room a few days ago, with my laptop on my lap, doing what I always do “after work” — answering emails that don’t stop […]

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