Category: Middle East and North Africa

WATCH: Our Three Winners– Keeping Their Legacy Alive

WATCH: Our Three Winners– Keeping Their Legacy Alive

[ 0 ] February 10, 2016 |

via NADINE SBAIH on FEBRUARY 9, 2016:  On February 10, 2015, the world lost three incredibly amazing human beings: Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha, and Razan Abu-Salha. As their childhood friend, I want their story to be heard. I believe that Deah, Yusor, and Razan are exemplary American-Muslim role models to myself and the world. They […]

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The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

[ 0 ] February 9, 2016 |

Mbaye Bashir Lo teaches at Duke University in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and is core faculty with the Duke Islamic Studies Center. This article highlights key elements in his current book project entitled “Justice versus Freedom: the Problem with Militant Islam.” He is currently a visiting scholar at l’Institut d’études de l’Islam […]

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WATCH: Sociologist Chris Bail’s View on Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

WATCH: Sociologist Chris Bail’s View on Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

[ 0 ] February 9, 2016 |

Sociologist Christopher Bail studies how anti-Muslim organizations use social media by ERIC FERRERI for CAMPAIGN STOP (Duke News) on JANUARY 28, 2016: Updated Feb. 9 with more video! Duke sociologist Christopher Bail examines ways organizations use digital resources to reach new and broaden existing audiences. He is the author of “Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Organizations Became Mainstream.” […]

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Crossing Lines: Dress Codes and Gender Non-Conformity in the Middle East

[ 0 ] February 9, 2016 |

by BRIAN WHITAKER for AL-BAB (BLOG) on FEBRUARY 8, 2016: While there is much debate about the rights of women in the Middle East and the rights of gay and lesbian people have also begun to attract some attention, consideration of transgender rights is long overdue. In a region where gender segregation is widespread and […]

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Peter O’Brien on ‘The Muslim Question in Europe’ (Book Q & A)

Peter O’Brien on ‘The Muslim Question in Europe’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] February 8, 2016 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 8, 2016:  Are Muslims embraced as part of the mosaic of Europe?  Or, are they considered and treated as outsiders, foreigners, and invaders?  Political Scientist Peter O’Brien deconstructs this issue in his new book, The Muslim […]

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WATCH: Drone Footage Shows Total Devastation in Homs, Syria (RT EXCLUSIVE)

[ 0 ] February 8, 2016 |

The city of Homs, Syria, became a rebel stronghold in 2011, and ensuing battle with government forces have nearly destroyed it.  Many major news networks have aired this haunting footage over the past two weeks. via RUSSIA TODAY on JANUARY 20, 2016:  The RT exclusive aerial footage shows the city of Homs in Syria, once […]

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WATCH: The Iowa Caucus & the Foreign Policy Credentials of the Candidates

[ 0 ] February 5, 2016 |

via CAMPAIGN STOP 2016 (DUKE UNIVERSITY) on FEBRUARY 3, 2016:  How will the debates over presidential candidate foreign policy credentials play out after the 2016 Iowa caucus results? Peter Feaver and Bruce Jentleson debate the implications in this episode of Foreign Exchange. Peter Feaver is a professor of political science and public policy. From 2005-07, […]

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Retired US Diplomat Alberto Fernandez on “The ISIS Challenge in Perspective”

Retired US Diplomat Alberto Fernandez on “The ISIS Challenge in Perspective”

[ 0 ] February 4, 2016 |

Above: Full talk by Ambassador Alberto Fernandez: “Beyond Hysteria and Apologia: The ISIS Challenge in Perspective” (summary below)   by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 31, 2016: Dozens of Middle East studies scholars, students and the general public packed a public talk  — “Beyond Hysteria and Apologia: The ISIS Challenge in Perspective” —  given […]

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Scholars Discuss the Origins, Consequences and Responses to ISIS

Scholars Discuss the Origins, Consequences and Responses to ISIS

[ 0 ] February 4, 2016 |

UPDATED FEB. 4 WITH NEW VIDEO! (Above is a series of clips taken from the discussion) by EZGI USTUNDAG for DUKE TODAY on JANUARY 21, 2016:  DURHAM, NC – Tearful refugees landing on European shores. Terror in Paris, San Bernardino, Beirut, Istanbul and Jakarta. Gruesome calls to action and videos of beheadings in Iraq and […]

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Syrian Refugees are Offering Arabic Lessons to Students Abroad through Skype

[ 0 ] February 3, 2016 |

by URSULA LINDSEY for QUARTZ on NOVEMBER 20, 2016: On a recent evening, I logged onto Skype and jumped into a conversation with a chain-smoking, friendly young Syrian refugee in Beirut. It cost me $15 an hour. I was trying out Natakallam, (”We Speak”), a new online platform that pairs students who want to practice […]

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