Category: Middle East and North Africa

Nicolas Pelham on ‘Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East’ (Book Q & A)

Nicolas Pelham on ‘Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] May 23, 2016 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 23, 2016:  How did the rise of nation-states in the 20th century doom religious diversity and pluralism in the Middle East?  And, can pluralism be recovered to heal and transform the Middle East?  Veteran journalist Nicolas […]

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A Small Study Abroad Experience by Allison Kam (in words and photos)

A Small Study Abroad Experience by Allison Kam (in words and photos)

[ 0 ] May 19, 2016 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 19, 2016: (Allison Kam, November 18, 2015, writing on Facebook): Saturday morning I woke up at 4:45am to go to Eyüp Sultan Mosque to pray with my new Turkish friends. To be honest, I was surprised that they had volunteered to do all of this… to […]

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WATCH: A Conversation about War and Writing with Matt Gallagher

[ 0 ] May 16, 2016 |

a discussion about “boots on the ground” in contemporary American military conflict  via DUKE UNIVERSITY FORUM FOR SCHOLARS & PUBLICS on MAY 1, 2016:  Last month Duke Divinity School student and veteran Naval Officer Giovanna Meek moderated a conversation with acclaimed author and Army veteran Matt Gallagher about his experiences being a soldier and a writer. […]

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Charles Dunlap Asks: Is the U.S. military strategy doing more harm or good in the Middle East?

Charles Dunlap Asks: Is the U.S. military strategy doing more harm or good in the Middle East?

[ 0 ] May 13, 2016 |

by CHARLES DUNLAP for THE CONVERSATION, MAY 2016:  Editor’s note: This article is part of our collaboration with Point Taken, a new program from WGBH that will next air on Tuesday, May 17 on PBS and online at pbs.org. The show features fact-based debate on major issues of the day, without the shouting. With fresh […]

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Mbaye Lo on “Muslim Institutions of Higher Education in Postcolonial Africa” (Book Q & A)

Mbaye Lo on “Muslim Institutions of Higher Education in Postcolonial Africa” (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] May 10, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCOMMENTARY with MBAYE LO on MAY 10, 2016: Duke University Asian & Middle Eastern studies professor Mbayo Lo and University of Botswana theologian Muhammed Haron (a South African native) are the editors of a new book “Muslim Institutions of Higher Education in Postcolonial Africa” — published by Palgrave, Fall 2015. The […]

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The Problem with the Marrakesh Declaration (by Shaykh Michael Mumisa)

The Problem with the Marrakesh Declaration (by Shaykh Michael Mumisa)

[ 0 ] May 9, 2016 |

by SHAYKH MICHAEL MUMISA for MUSLIMWISE (a blog of the Centre of Islamic Studies at SOAS, University of London) on MAY 9, 2016:  In January this year (2016), the “Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Majority Communities” was launched in Morocco amid much fanfare. It was described as a response to […]

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WATCH: Sahar Aziz on Rethinking Counter-Terrorism in the Age of ISIS

WATCH: Sahar Aziz on Rethinking Counter-Terrorism in the Age of ISIS

[ 0 ] May 9, 2016 |

via CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY on APRIL 26, 2016:  Sahar F. Aziz, Texas A&M School of Law and nonresident fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, presented on “Rethinking Counter-terrorism in the Age of ISIS” at the 17th annual conference of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), held in […]

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WATCH: The Formative Period of Shi’i Thought (via Hartford Seminary)

[ 0 ] May 9, 2016 |

via HARTFORD SEMINARY on MAY 2, 2016:  Mohammad Sagha and Prof. Tehseen Thaver discussed and debated “The Formative Period of Shi’i Thought” at Hartford Seminary on April 28, 2016.

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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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