Category: Middle East and North Africa

Anti-Muslim Think Tank to Host Rally with Cruz, Trump

[ 0 ] August 28, 2015 |

by IMAGINE2050 STAFF on AUGUST 27, 2015:  When it was announced that 2016 Republican presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz and Donald Trump would be teaming up next month to host a joint rally opposing the Iran nuclear deal, it seemed things couldn’t get more outlandish. Until it was revealed that the Center for Security Policy would […]

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Erdoğan and the Kurds: Will Early Elections in Turkey Change the Course of Conflict ?

Erdoğan and the Kurds: Will Early Elections in Turkey Change the Course of Conflict ?

[ 0 ] August 28, 2015 |

by KUBILAY YADO ARIN for ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 28, 2015:  Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan this week called for new elections on November 1, after his government failed to form a coalition following the June poll in which his party —the AKP — failed to win a majority of seats. His party’s iron grip on government […]

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MIDDLE EAST AND IR SCHOLARS STATEMENT– The Nuclear Agreement with Iran: A Plus for Regional Stability

MIDDLE EAST AND IR SCHOLARS STATEMENT– The Nuclear Agreement with Iran: A Plus for Regional Stability

[ 0 ] August 27, 2015 |

statement accessed via NATIONAL IRANIAN COUNCIL on AUGUST 27, 2015: The Nuclear Agreement with Iran: A Plus for Regional Stability Statement from Middle East and International Relations Scholars The nuclear deal with Iran (The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – JCPOA) is a strong and positive step towards stabilizing the Middle East, beyond its undeniable […]

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Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change Released Ahead of December Talks

Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change Released Ahead of December Talks

[ 1 ] August 25, 2015 |

“The Islamic Declaration on Global Climate Change, drafted by an international group of Islamic scholars, is a call based on Islamic teachings to cut greenhouse gas emissions and urges governments to agree on an ambitious deal during December’s Paris climate talks. It warns that the “current rate of climate change cannot be sustained, and the […]

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WATCH: Jerusha Lamptey & Robert Wright Discuss Islam, Pluralism, the Quran, and Muslima Theology

WATCH: Jerusha Lamptey & Robert Wright Discuss Islam, Pluralism, the Quran, and Muslima Theology

[ 0 ] August 24, 2015 |

via ROBERT WRIGHT/MEANING OF LIFE.TV on APRIL 28, 2015/POSTED AUGUST 22, 2015: Guide to above video:  Why Jerusha doesn’t call her path to Islam a “conversion” 5:47 Jerusha: In Islam, science and belief are not in opposition 7:48 Constructing a Muslim feminist theology 10:07 Taqwa, the egalitarian idea of “God consciousness” 8:46 What the Koran […]

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Speaking Truth to Power Is an Islamic Responsibility: Decolonial Thinking in Al-Andalus

Speaking Truth to Power Is an Islamic Responsibility: Decolonial Thinking in Al-Andalus

[ 0 ] August 24, 2015 |

by IMAN SULTAN for ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 24, 2015: Granada is renowned as the last stronghold of Andalusian Muslims before the shadow of the Spanish Inquisition descended on the entire peninsula and drove them out. It is the inspiration of teary poets reminiscing of the bygone Golden Age of the Muslim ummah, and the site […]

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Youth Revolts are Back — Lebanon, Iraq Shaken by Demand for Services, End to Corruption (by Juan Cole)

Youth Revolts are Back — Lebanon, Iraq Shaken by Demand for Services, End to Corruption (by Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] August 24, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on AUGUST 23, 2015:  The master narrative of much Western journalism is that the youth protests of 2011 have been replaced by civil war and terrorism. But while there is plenty of both in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Libya, in fact here and there in the region youth protests […]

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My madrassa classmate hated politics. Then he joined the Islamic State. (by Ebrahim Moosa)

My madrassa classmate hated politics. Then he joined the Islamic State. (by Ebrahim Moosa)

[ 0 ] August 21, 2015 |

by EBRAHIM MOOSA for THE WASHINGTON POST on AUGUST 21, 2015; When we studied together at a madrassa, Rashid Moosagie had a very low opinion of my politics. I was disenchanted by the academic, abstract nature of our curriculum at the Deoband seminary, some 100 miles from New Delhi, where I was enrolled in 1978; […]

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LISTEN: Insecurity Rises In Egypt And Tests El-Sisi Government (comments by Abdeslam Maghraoui)

LISTEN: Insecurity Rises In Egypt And Tests El-Sisi Government (comments by Abdeslam Maghraoui)

[ 0 ] August 21, 2015 |

via LISA MULLENS/”HERE AND NOW” on AUGUST 20, 2015:  The militant group that calls itself Islamic State (ISIS) is claiming responsibility for a massive car bomb that shook Cairo after midnight last night. More than two dozen people were injured in the blast outside a state security building. A statement attributed to ISIS said the […]

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The Ashley Madison Hacks May Be a Matter of Life and Death for People in the Middle East

[ 0 ] August 20, 2015 |

by TOM ANA for MUFTAH on AUGUST 20, 2015:  Last month, the world’s leading online dating site for individuals seeking extramarital affairs, Ashley Madison, was the target of online hackers who claimed to have obtained the personal details of the site’s 37 million users. On August 18, exactly one month after the initial hack, it […]

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