Category: Middle East and North Africa

Sheath Your Sword: The Man Who Spat on Saint Ali (Omid Safi for On Being)

Sheath Your Sword: The Man Who Spat on Saint Ali (Omid Safi for On Being)

[ 0 ] March 28, 2015 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on MARCH 26, 2015: I’m drawn to saintly beings. It’s taken me sometime to figure out why. It’s not about miracles. It’s about heart. I know that these luminous human beings are still human beings, but I want to figure out how they have become illuminated. I am intrigued […]

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Yemen at War (ICG Report)

Yemen at War (ICG Report)

[ 0 ] March 28, 2015 |

“Yemen is being torn asunder: between Huthis in the north and an anti-Huthi coalition, strongest in the south; in the south, between separatists and a rising violent jihadi fringe; and from outside, by the increasing engagement of regional powers like Saudi Arabia and Iran. Proxy conflict, sectarian violence, militia rule and state collapse are a […]

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WATCH: Rethinking Global Cities — Infrastructure, Urban Development & Change in China,Turkey and Ghana

[ 0 ] March 26, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 4, 2015:  A year-long Rethinking Global Cities project at Duke, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation,  is investigating the complex, hybrid and contested cultural and human geographies of the following world cities — Bangkok, Beijing, Bogota, Cairo, Cape Town, Dubai, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Mumbai, Tokyo and […]

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‘Cairo in One Breath’ : The Adhan at a Moment of Transformation (Film Premieres at Full Frame)

‘Cairo in One Breath’ : The Adhan at a Moment of Transformation (Film Premieres at Full Frame)

[ 0 ] March 26, 2015 |

  “Set to the backdrop of a shifting political environment, with one constant – the adhan —Cairo in One Breath functions as a new way to explore the Middle East and Islam, towards broadening inter-cultural understanding and promoting tolerance, while giving international voice to the muezzins of Cairo. The film serves as a powerful antidote […]

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Q&A:Yemen: ‘This is Not a Sectarian War’ (via Al Jazeera)

[ 0 ] March 26, 2015 |

Fatima Alsmadi, Al Jazeera Studies Centre’s Iran specialist, discusses the impact of the Yemen war on the nuclear talks. via AL JAZEERA ENGLISH on MARCH 26, 2015:  The Saudi Arabia-led military campaign against the Houthis in Yemen has raised questions over the pretext for the intervention and Iran’s role in the conflict. Al Jazeera spoke […]

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WATCH: Sohail Daulatzai on “Malcolm X: The Martyr That Upsets the Peace”

WATCH: Sohail Daulatzai on “Malcolm X: The Martyr That Upsets the Peace”

[ 0 ] March 24, 2015 |

This video was produced by Julie Poucher Harbin of ISLAMiCommentary and Catherine Angst of the John Hope Franklin Center as part of the ISLAMiCommentary Field Reports series. by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCOMMENTARY on MARCH 24, 2015:  Just ahead of a national conference being held at Duke and UNC Chapel Hill (2/20/15-2/21/15) on “The Legacy […]

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How to be a Woman in Tehran (by Habibe Jafarian)

[ 0 ] March 23, 2015 |

“The harder path means reporting from here (rather than reporting about Tehran from London or Washington); it means intimately knowing Tehran’s back alleys and countless addicts, its impossible traffic, its unbearable pollution, its corruptions, its day-to-day humiliations. For all of this, I feel I should be respected and not pitied, because what I do for a […]

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How the Rouhani Meter Fact-Checks Iran’s President from 6,000 Miles Away

How the Rouhani Meter Fact-Checks Iran’s President from 6,000 Miles Away

[ 0 ] March 23, 2015 |

Fact-checkers aren’t welcome in Iran, so Farhad Souzanchi and the Rouhani Meter team work from Canada. by DANIEL CARP for DUKE REPORTERS’ LAB (at SANFORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY)  on MARCH 17, 2015:  The capital of Iran’s fact-checking movement is not in Tehran, but Toronto. When Farhad Souzanchi wanted to promote government accountability in his home country […]

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Pledging Allegiance to Islamophobia in US Classrooms (by Khaled Beydoun/AJE)

[ 0 ] March 23, 2015 |

by KHALED A BEYDOU for AL JAZEERA ENGLISH on MARCH 23, 2015:  Two weeks after New York City announced that its schools would observe the principal Muslim holidays, another school district in the State of New York signaled that Islamophobia in the US, and its classrooms, was hardly on the decline. On March 18, a […]

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Yemen Bombing: It’s not ISIL and it’s not Sunni-Shiite Conflict

Yemen Bombing: It’s not ISIL and it’s not Sunni-Shiite Conflict

[ 0 ] March 23, 2015 |

“When religion is deployed for political purposes and there is no separation of religion and state, religion acts like a political movement and throws up political opposition. Where politics is violent, so is religious politics. Countries were there is a separation of religion and state have much less religious violence, because there is no point in […]

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