Category: Middle East and North Africa

Dispatches from a Muslim in Ottawa

Dispatches from a Muslim in Ottawa

[ 0 ] October 23, 2014 |

by CHELBY DAIGLE for ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 23, 2014:  I’ve been asked to write this piece by the Editor of ISLAMiCommentary, a public scholarship forum and outreach initiative managed by the Duke Islamic Studies Center. As the Editor in Chief of Ottawa’s Muslim Community Newspaper, I would never claim to speak on behalf of the […]

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No Single Pathway to Terrorism: Scholars John Horgan and David Schanzer Reflect on the Ottawa Attacks

[ 0 ] October 23, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 23, 2014:  This morning, as part of an academic visit to Duke, renowned terrorism scholar and criminal psychologist John Horgan sat down with Duke University public policy professor and national security expert David Schanzer for a taped conversation about yesterday’s terrorist attack in Ottawa, Canada and what […]

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White House Announces Countering Violent Extremism Program: Is It Pretext for Spying on Muslims?

White House Announces Countering Violent Extremism Program: Is It Pretext for Spying on Muslims?

[ 0 ] October 22, 2014 |

by SAHAR AZIZ for THE HUFFINGTON POST on OCTOBER 1, 2014:  The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has captured international attention as the world witnesses in horror its brutality. Notwithstanding that most of ISIL’s victims are Muslim, its atrocities are reinforcing false stereotypes that something is inherently violent about Islam. As a […]

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Is Turkey in a “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t” Situation?

Is Turkey in a “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t” Situation?

[ 0 ] October 21, 2014 |

by BAHAR LEVENTOGLU for ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 21, 2014:  In a dramatic policy shift, Turkey decided Monday to allow Iraqi Kurdish forces, the peshmerga, to cross the Turkish border into Syria to help fight Islamic State militants in the Kurdish town of Kobani — under siege by ISIS for nearly a month. This came hours after […]

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Ebola & Immigrants and Muslims, Oh My! Operating the Fear Machine (by Rebecca Gordon)

[ 0 ] October 20, 2014 |

by REBECCA GORDON for INFORMED COMMENT on OCTOBER 17, 2014:  Like many people around the world, four-star Marine General John Kelley is really worried about Ebola. But he’s not worried about the more than 4,000 people who have died of the disease in western Africa. And he’s only tangentially worried about people dying in this country. […]

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Rami Khouri: New Hare-Brained American Ideas in the Mideast

Rami Khouri: New Hare-Brained American Ideas in the Mideast

[ 0 ] October 20, 2014 |

by RAMI KHOURI for AGENCE GLOBAL on OCTOBER 18, 2014:  NORMAN, Oklahoma — Analysts in the United States this week are debating the precise meaning of the statements Wednesday by John Allen, the ex-Marine general who now coordinates the U.S.-led coalition’s response to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). He said that the […]

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Omid Safi: Love and Justice in an Age of Empire; American Muslims, America and the Civil Rights Movement

Omid Safi: Love and Justice in an Age of Empire; American Muslims, America and the Civil Rights Movement

[ 0 ] October 20, 2014 |

via AICUSA (AMERICAN ISLAMIC COLLEGE) on OCTOBER 14, 2014:  Dr. Omid Safi delivered this lecture at the American Islamic College on October 7, 2014: “Love and Justice in an Age of Empire: American Muslims, America, and the Civil Rights Movement” Safi is Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center. (Dr. Safi starts speaking at 01:11) […]

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“I Draw for Gaza”: The Defiant Art of Haneen Nofal

“I Draw for Gaza”: The Defiant Art of Haneen Nofal

[ 0 ] October 15, 2014 |

by RAWAN YAGHI for THE ELECTRONIC INTIFADA on OCTOBER 14, 2014:  Haneen Ibrahim Nofal posted a striking image on the Internet while Israel was bombing her native Gaza in July. The drawing depicted a young woman wearing a kufiyyeh — the Palestinian checkered scarf — on her head and smiling proudly while touching a crown. […]

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The Tunisian Exception (by L. Carl Brown)

[ 0 ] October 15, 2014 |

by L. CARL BROWN for INFORMED COMMENT on OCTOBER 14, 2014:  What has made Tunisia’s transition from authoritarian government, for all its ups and downs, more successful than those of its Arab neighbors? It will soon be four years since December 17, 2010 when Muhammad Bu Azizi from Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia immolated himself in […]

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A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of ‘What is Veiling?’

A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of ‘What is Veiling?’

[ 0 ] October 13, 2014 |

ISLAMiCommentary editor’s note: There seems to be no end to controversies and misunderstandings surrounding veiling. Here is a Q & A with Islamic studies professor Sahar Amer on her new book “What is Veiling” followed by an op-ed she wrote for the online journal “The Conversation” on debates on veiling in Australia. Amer also did […]

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