Category: Middle East and North Africa

WATCH: Getting Crusaded–History and the Targets of Medieval Holy War

WATCH: Getting Crusaded–History and the Targets of Medieval Holy War

[ 0 ] May 4, 2016 |

Paul M. Cobb, Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at University of Pennsylvania, spoke on April 28 at the University of Minnesota via UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA on APRIL 28, 2016:  The study of the Crusades, that sequence of papally-sponsored holy wars against various enemies of the Church, has never been more exciting. These movements are […]

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LISTEN: Syria Deteriorates, Families in Crisis (a compilation)

[ 0 ] May 3, 2016 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 3, 2016:  Here’s a couple of very good pieces on NPR today. In this first one (above) the New York Times’ Declan Walsh reports for NPR from Damascus about conditions in the capital city, public opinion of Bashar al-Assad and his regime, and the besieged Aleppo. And […]

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LISTEN: David Schanzer on Trump’s America First Foreign Policy

LISTEN: David Schanzer on Trump’s America First Foreign Policy

[ 0 ] May 3, 2016 |

WPTF’S SCOTT BRIGGAMAN and DAVID SCHANZER for ON SECURITY on APRIL 28, 2016: In this latest installment On Security, David Schanzer speaks with Scott Briggaman about GOP front-runner Donald Trump’s views on foreign policy. David also discusses the humanitarian disaster in Aleppo and the crisis in Brazil as the Olympics approach. Music Credit: Righteous by […]

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Women’s Equality: Constitutions and Revolutions in Egypt

Women’s Equality: Constitutions and Revolutions in Egypt

[ 0 ] May 2, 2016 |

by ELLEN MCLARNEY for POMEPS/WOMEN AND GENDER IN MIDDLE EAST POLITICS WORKSHOP on MARCH 11, 2016:  Many criticisms of the 2012 Egyptian constitution revolved around its presumed violations of women’s rights. The media, research institutes, and human rights organizations blamed the Islamism of the government of Muhammad Morsi for jeopardizing women’s “personal liberty” and civil […]

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WATCH: Amb. William Burns on American Leadership

[ 0 ] May 2, 2016 |

On April 12, Ambassador William Burns presented on “American Leadership in a Changing International Landscape for the 2016 Anthony J. Drexel, Jr. Lecturer on International Studies. WATCH ABOVE  by LAURA BRINN for DUKE TODAY on APRIL 15, 2016:  The United States currently faces a key moment in history, with a “window of opportunity in which […]

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Bibi’s Buddies: Singapore, Russia and Israel’s Turn to the Right

Bibi’s Buddies: Singapore, Russia and Israel’s Turn to the Right

[ 0 ] April 29, 2016 |

What it means for human rights and freedom of expression in Israel by SHALOM GOLDMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 29, 2016: Last week the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, spent four days in Israel as the very-well-received guest of the government. And, in a move unusual in the world of diplomacy, the Israeli government had […]

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WATCH LIVE: Sec. Kerry to Talk on Relationship Between Religion & U.S. Foreign Policy

WATCH LIVE: Sec. Kerry to Talk on Relationship Between Religion & U.S. Foreign Policy

[ 0 ] April 26, 2016 |

via U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT and JAMES A. BAKER III INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY AT RICE UNIVERSITY on APRIL 22, 2016:  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver remarks at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, in Houston, Texas, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. (8:30pm eastern) […]

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The Arabic Shakespeares: Subversive, Political, and Entertaining

The Arabic Shakespeares: Subversive, Political, and Entertaining

[ 0 ] April 26, 2016 |

by MARCIA LYNX QUALEY for THE NEW ARAB on APRIL 23, 2016:  It was 1608 when the crew of the Red Dragon – under the leadership of Capt. William Keeling – set down on a small island that was then part of the Sultanate of al-Mahra and Socotra, now Yemen. While there – according to […]

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WATCH: Abdul Sattar Jawad Presents on Themes of the Arabian Nights

WATCH: Abdul Sattar Jawad Presents on Themes of the Arabian Nights

[ 0 ] April 26, 2016 |

via JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER on APRIL 12, 2016:  Professor Abdul Sattar Jawad recently presented, “The Arabian Nights in America” during his Wednesdays at the Center lecture at the John Hope Franklin Center at Duke University. The Thousand and One Nights [alf Layla wa Layla] is the most popular world literature in the West. These […]

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WATCH: Torang Asadi on Her Work on Iranian Diaspora Religious Innovation in the US and Europe

[ 0 ] April 25, 2016 |

via JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER on APRIL 18, 2016:  Torang Asadi, a PhD student in Duke University’s Department of Religious Studies, outlines her comparative research on Iranian diaspora religious innovation in both United States (mostly Northern California) and Europe. She is a Council for European Studies fellow.

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