Category: Sub-Saharan, East, and West Africa

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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Muslim Leaders Convene Conference on Rights of Religious Minorities in Muslim-Majority Communities

Muslim Leaders Convene Conference on Rights of Religious Minorities in Muslim-Majority Communities

[ 0 ] January 25, 2016 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 25, 2016:  Muslim leaders from throughout the world kicked off a three-day conference today (1/25-1/27) on protecting non-Muslims called “The Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Majority Communities: Legal Framework and a Call to Action.” Hosted by King Muhammad VI of Morocco, the meeting is thought to […]

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LISTEN: Bargaining for Women’s Rights in Niger

LISTEN: Bargaining for Women’s Rights in Niger

[ 0 ] January 5, 2016 |

by HEATH BROWN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on DECEMBER 16, 2015: Alice Kang has written Bargaining for Women’s Rights: Activism in an Aspiring Muslim Democracy (University of Minnesota Press, 2015). Kang is assistant professor of political science and ethnic studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Much attention is paid to Muslim-majority countries across the […]

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ISLAMiCommentary/TIRN Featured in New SSRC Report ‘Religion, Media and the Digital Turn’

ISLAMiCommentary/TIRN Featured in New SSRC Report ‘Religion, Media and the Digital Turn’

[ 0 ] December 17, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 17, 2015:  We at the Duke Islamic Studies Center are pleased to announce that the work of the Carnegie Corporation of New York-supported Transcultural Islam Project (ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN) has been highlighted in a new report by the Social Science Research Council — “Religion, Media and the […]

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Islam is a Black American (by Sumayya Ahmed)

Islam is a Black American (by Sumayya Ahmed)

[ 0 ] December 11, 2015 |

by SUMAYYA AHMED for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 11, 2015: Islam is a Black American. How would this understanding complicate the discussion about Islam in America right now? How would it complicate our understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement? I am a Black American and I am a Muslim. Neither of those “identities” is for […]

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With Attacks, ISIS Now a Global Worry (intvw. w/Nicholas Burns and Juliette Kayyem)

[ 0 ] November 16, 2015 |

Killings in Paris, Beirut mean West must unite to confront terror group, Harvard analysts say by CHRISTINA PAZZANESE for THE HARVARD GAZETTE on NOVEMBER 15, 2015:  The world was stunned by a series of coordinated attacks Friday night by three bands of suicidal terrorists against civilians in central Paris, during which about 130 people were killed […]

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Where Does It Hurt, O City of Light (by Omid Safi)

Where Does It Hurt, O City of Light (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] November 15, 2015 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on NOVEMBER 15, 2015:  Upon receiving the news from Paris, I did what I often do in moments of crisis. I turned off the TV — and sat with the grief. I turned, as I often do, to poetry, nature, scripture, and prayer. I retreated to solitude, leaving time […]

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WATCH: Most Inspiring Universities of the Islamic World (report)

[ 0 ] October 27, 2015 |

via MUSLIM-SCIENCE.COM on OCTOBER 25, 2015:  ‪#‎DidYouKnow‬ Muslims were the first to introduce the concept of universities. In 859 a muslim princess named Fatima Al-Firhi founded the first degree-granting ‪#‎university‬ in Fez, Morocco. To acknowledge that and many years of efforts and hard work invested by universities to revive the golden age of Muslims in […]

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WATCH: “The Enclave” — Political and Historical Background to the Conflict in E. Congo

[ 0 ] October 13, 2015 |

via DUKE AFRICA INITIATIVE and JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER on OCTOBER 9, 2015: In the above video, Professor Georges Nzongola-Ntalaja gives the political and historical context to Richard Mosse’s exhibit The Enclave. The Enclave is an immersive 40-minute six-channel video installation shot in eastern Congo. It is the culmination of the artist’s recent body of work […]

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Closing the Rhetoric-Reality Gap on R2P

Closing the Rhetoric-Reality Gap on R2P

[ 0 ] September 28, 2015 |

by BRUCE JENTLESON and JENNA KARP for COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS BLOG on SEPTEMBER 28, 2015:  As the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opens its seventieth session, you’ll hear “never again” rhetoric regarding genocide and other mass atrocities, while witnessing the “yet again” reality. The UNGA passed a resolution two weeks ago establishing an International Day […]

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