Category: Middle East and North Africa

Al-Quds Islamic Studies Scholar Mustafa Abu Sway Calls for a Re-Focus on Israeli-Palestinian Peace 

Al-Quds Islamic Studies Scholar Mustafa Abu Sway Calls for a Re-Focus on Israeli-Palestinian Peace 

[ 0 ] March 2, 2015 |

“Often one might ask the question: Do we see the light at the end of the tunnel? I would say we don’t see the entrance of the tunnel because there’s a wall there separating us from the tunnel. We need to bring down this wall. And we need to see the tunnel as is in […]

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WATCH: Banksy Goes Undercover In Gaza To Support Struggling Palestinians

[ 0 ] March 2, 2015 |

by PRISCILLA FRANK for HUFFINGTON POST on FEBRUARY 26, 2015:  The anonymous street artist Banksy released a series of new works Wednesday in Gaza, all commenting on the dire situation of the 1.8 million Palestinian residents confined to the area. (SEE PHOTOS HERE) One of the works is a short documentary (WATCH ABOVE) posturing as […]

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What ISIS Really Is: Sham Muslims, real criminals (by Bruce Lawrence, RNS)

What ISIS Really Is: Sham Muslims, real criminals (by Bruce Lawrence, RNS)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by BRUCE LAWRENCE for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on FEBRUARY 25, 2015:  (RNS) Less than six months ago, few outside the Middle East knew much about a group called ISIS or ISIL or the Islamic State. It was not till mid-June that its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaimed himself the caliph, and ISIS the territory he […]

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Bruce Jentleson: “Invitation to Netanyahu ‘Totally Inappropriate,’ But Not a First”

Bruce Jentleson: “Invitation to Netanyahu ‘Totally Inappropriate,’ But Not a First”

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

via DUKE OFFICE OF NEWS & COMMUNICATIONS on FEBRUARY 25, 2015: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impending address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday continues to draw fire. Netanyahu was invited by House Speaker John Boehner, in what many have described as a rebuke to President Obama’s Iran policy. “It is totally inappropriate for […]

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Arabic Hero Comes to the Big Screen in First Fully Middle Eastern-Funded/Produced Animated Film

Arabic Hero Comes to the Big Screen in First Fully Middle Eastern-Funded/Produced Animated Film

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

The film is being presumably based on the story of Bilal ibn Rabah, a companion of Prophet Mohammed. via STEP FEED on FEBRUARY 24, 2015:  Dubai-based animation studio Barajoun Entertainment released the first trailer for its animated film “Bilal” this week, promising to bring an Arabic hero to the bring screen. A thousand years ago, one boy with a […]

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Suleyman Shah’s Tomb Exhumed, Mausoleum Pre-emptively Destroyed, Syrian Territory Annexed by Turkey?

Suleyman Shah’s Tomb Exhumed, Mausoleum Pre-emptively Destroyed, Syrian Territory Annexed by Turkey?

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by SAM HARDY for CONFLICT ANTIQUITIES (BLOG) on FEBRUARY 23, 2015:  It’s difficult to headline or even strapline the story of these events, but Turkey has extracted sarcophagi and other artefacts from a Turkish exclave that is surrounded by Islamic State-held Syrian territory, and apparently deliberately destroyed the mausoleum that housed the tombs. What, you might […]

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Bruce Lawrence on “Who is Allah?” (Book Essay)

Bruce Lawrence on “Who is Allah?” (Book Essay)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

“We invoke the name of Allah to bless a meal. We invoke His name before opening a book we are about to read. We invoke His name to anticipate an action. We invoke His name to mark a ritual slaughter. Why do all religions put such a focus on the name of this or that […]

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Scholars Reflect on the “Legacy of Malcolm X” (Part 2)

Scholars Reflect on the “Legacy of Malcolm X” (Part 2)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on FEBRUARY 23, 2015 *Updated February 25 with Forum for Scholars & Publics video:  February 21, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of one of the most iconic leaders of the 20th century, Malcolm X El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. This weekend his life and legacy got widespread media attention. […]

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Ellen McLarney: Why Arab Spring Made Life Better in Tunisia, Failed Everywhere Else

Ellen McLarney: Why Arab Spring Made Life Better in Tunisia, Failed Everywhere Else

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by ELLEN MCLARNEY for REUTERS on FEBRUARY 18, 2015:  Earlier this month, Tunisia’s newly elected parliament cobbled together a coalition government led by a secular party that included its Islamist rivals, who had been democratically ousted from power. The new government, coming on the heels of a historic presidential election, a new constitution and the […]

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LISTEN: Schanzer (Duke), Schake (Hoover Institution) & Billoo (CAIR) Debrief on the WH CVE Summit

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

via TRIANGLE CENTER ON TERRORISM AND HOMELAND SECURITY and KQED (San Francisco) on FEBRUARY 19, 2015:  On Wednesday, February 18th more than 60 world leaders gathered at a White House summit to discuss how to counter violent extremism. In opening remarks, President Obama said we must discredit violent ideologies and find “…new ways to amplify the […]

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