Category: Middle East and North Africa

WATCH: Saudi Arabia’s New King Inherits Immediate Challenges

[ 0 ] January 28, 2015 |

by JUDY WOODRUFF for PBS NEWSHOUR on JANUARY 23, 2015:  Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who died Thursday at the age of 90, was laid to rest in Riyadh. The new king, Salman bin Abdulaziz, pledged continuity with his brother’s policies. Judy Woodruff remembers the late monarch’s rule.  

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Islam: Religion of Peace or Font of Terror? (Q & A with John Esposito)

Islam: Religion of Peace or Font of Terror? (Q & A with John Esposito)

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

A conversation with John Esposito of the Georgetown Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding by JOHN BURGER for ALETEIA on JANUARY 21, 2015:  The recent murders of civilians in Paris, Nigeria, Iraq, Pakistan and other places around the world by those claiming to defend the Islamlic religion have, for many people, raised once again the question of whether Islam […]

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When Women Become Terrorists (by Jayne Huckerby for the New York Times)

When Women Become Terrorists (by Jayne Huckerby for the New York Times)

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

by JAYNE HUCKERBY for THE NEW YORK TIMES on JANUARY 21, 2015:  DURHAM, N.C. — SINCE the terror attacks in Paris two weeks ago, the French police have been on the hunt for Hayat Boumeddiene, the partner of Amedy Coulibaly, one of the slain gunmen. She is now suspected to be in Syria. Some news […]

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WATCH: On European Identity, Secular Liberalism, & the “Otherness” of Islam in Europe

[ 0 ] January 18, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 19, 2015:  On Wednesday, January 13, nearly a week after the attacks in Paris (at the Charlie Hebdo magazine and at the Kosher market) Oxford University historian Martin Conway was at Duke for a long-scheduled talk on “The End of European Integration” sponsored by Duke University’s Center for European studies. […]

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Ehab Galal on “Arab TV-Audiences: Negotiating Religion and Identity” (Book Essay)

Ehab Galal on “Arab TV-Audiences: Negotiating Religion and Identity” (Book Essay)

[ 0 ] January 18, 2015 |

by EHAB GALAL for ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN on JANUARY 19, 2014: Scholarly interest in Arab media has increased dramatically over the past two decades, especially since the advent of the Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera in 1996, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the global conflicts that followed this tragedy. Arab media are increasingly seen as global […]

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Muslim-Jewish Coexistence: Mark Cohen on its History and Relevance Today

Muslim-Jewish Coexistence: Mark Cohen on its History and Relevance Today

[ 0 ] January 14, 2015 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE  for ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 13, 2015:  (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) History is a witness to the close relationship between Muslims and Jews. That was the message Profesor Mark R. Cohen delivered in two lectures at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last month on the […]

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Phil Bennett and Moises Naim on 21st-century Censorship (inc. Egypt, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey)

[ 0 ] January 13, 2015 |

Governments around the world are using stealthy strategies to manipulate the media by PHIL BENNETT AND MOISES NAIM for COLUMBIA JOURNALISM REVIEW on JANUARY 5, 2015: Two beliefs safely inhabit the canon of contemporary thinking about journalism. The first is that the internet is the most powerful force disrupting the news media. The second is […]

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WATCH: Duke PhD Candidate Jeong Speaks on Key Chinese Muslim Figures in History

[ 0 ] January 12, 2015 |

via JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER (DUKE UNIVERSITY) and COUNCIL FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES (DUKE UNIVERSITY) on JANUARY 12, 2014: Janice Hyeju Jeong, a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at Duke University, talks about how the Council for European Studies helped expand her research on Islam in China, focusing on transnational interactions between Chinese Muslims and different parts […]

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Sharpening Contradictions: Why al-Qaeda Attacked Satirists in Paris (by Juan Cole)

Sharpening Contradictions: Why al-Qaeda Attacked Satirists in Paris (by Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] January 8, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JANUARY 7, 2015:  The horrific murder of the editor, cartoonists and other staff of the irreverent satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, along with two policemen, by terrorists in Paris was in my view a strategic strike, aiming at polarizing the French and European public. The problem for a terrorist […]

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Playing the Game: A Vote for Jordanian Prince Ali is a Likely Vote for Change – and for Challenge

Playing the Game: A Vote for Jordanian Prince Ali is a Likely Vote for Change – and for Challenge

[ 0 ] January 7, 2015 |

FIFA vice president Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein’s announcement that he will challenge the world soccer body’s four-time president Sepp Blatter in elections later this year has definitively turned the poll into a battle for the group’s future. A vote for the prince is at least a vote against the FIFA president embattled as a […]

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