Category: Sub-Saharan, East, and West Africa

WATCH: Carl Ernst on Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World

WATCH: Carl Ernst on Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World

[ 0 ] August 19, 2014 |

via YOUTUBE, MAY 7, 2014:  UNC-Chapel Hill Islamic Studies Professor Carl W. Ernst gave a talk this past Spring (May 7, 2014) called “Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World” at the International Council for Middle East Studies in Washington DC. It was the First Annual Ibrahim Abu-Rabi’ Commemorative Lecture of the International Council For Middle East Studies. […]

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Mbaye Lo on “Islamic Radicalism and the End of Time”

Mbaye Lo on “Islamic Radicalism and the End of Time”

[ 0 ] August 13, 2014 |

by MBAYE LO for AL ARABIYA INSTITUTE FOR STUDIES on AUGUST 10, 2014:  Two weeks ago I attended the Friday sermon at Niamey’s Grand Mosque in the Republic of Niger. The imam reminded the congregation that “these are troubling times: there is killing everywhere, and certainly, these are signs of the end of time.” He summoned […]

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At UN Assembly, Ban Ki-Moon Urges an End to ‘Senseless Cycle of Suffering’ in Gaza

[ 0 ] August 6, 2014 |

via UN NEWS CENTRE on AUGUST 6, 2014:  6 August 2014 – As the temporary ceasefire continues to hold in Gaza, senior United Nations officials today urged Israelis and Palestinians to return to the negotiating table, and called on the 193 Member States to respond to calls for emergency humanitarian funding. In an informal meeting […]

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Sally Howell on ‘Old Islam in Detroit’ (Book Q & A)

Sally Howell on ‘Old Islam in Detroit’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] July 29, 2014 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary on July 29, 2014:  Muslims have a long and rich history in Greater Detroit, Michigan, but it has not been thoroughly documented – until now. Sally Howell brings this history to life in her new book out next month […]

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Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak!

[ 0 ] July 27, 2014 |

JULY 28, 2014:  Eid Mubarak from ISLAMiCommentary and the Duke Islamic Studies Center!  The Muslim community in America and around the world have been observing the month-long fast of Ramadan. The end of Ramadan is being marked at this time by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” or Feast of the Fast-Breaking. Related Statement by the President […]

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What Happens to Your Body When You Fast?

[ 0 ] July 7, 2014 |

Muslims around the world are fasting this month for Ramadan  via EMEL MEDIA:  Fasting from sunrise until sunset for 30 days certainly has a physical impact, but what really happens to your body when you fast? (emel media commissioned this video to find out: www.emel.com)

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PEW: Muslim Publics Concerned about Islamic Extremism Growth

PEW: Muslim Publics Concerned about Islamic Extremism Growth

[ 0 ] July 6, 2014 |

Concerns about Islamic Extremism on the Rise in Middle East:  Negative Opinions of al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah Widespread via PEW RESEARCH GLOBAL ATTITUDES PROJECT on JULY 1, 2014:  EXCERPT:  As well-publicized bouts of violence, from civil war to suicide bombings, plague the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, concern about Islamic extremism is high […]

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Ramadan Kareem

Ramadan Kareem

[ 0 ] June 27, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 27, 2014:  *The Muslim community in America and around the world are observing the month-long fast of Ramadan (rom-a-don). The end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” or Feast of the Fast-Breaking at the end of July. [NOTE: Because the beginning of Islamic lunar months […]

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Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim May Be Free, But Is She Safe? The Real Problem with Apostasy and Blasphemy Laws

Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim May Be Free, But Is She Safe? The Real Problem with Apostasy and Blasphemy Laws

[ 0 ] June 23, 2014 |

by BRIAN PELLOT for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on JUNE 23, 2014:  Last month I discussed the heart-wrenching case of Meriam Ibrahim, a pregnant Sudanese woman sentenced to 100 lashes and death by hanging for marrying a Christian man and refusing to renounce her faith. Human rights groups, government representatives and prominent faith leaders rallied to condemn the […]

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Pew: Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

Pew: Iran’s Global Image Largely Negative

[ 0 ] June 19, 2014 |

Favorable Ratings Fall Further in the Middle East via PEW RESEARCH GLOBAL ATTITUDES PROJECT on JUNE 18, 2014:  As negotiations over its nuclear program continue this week in Vienna, a new Pew Research Center poll finds that Iran’s global image remains overwhelmingly negative. Moreover, ratings for Iran in several Middle Eastern nations have declined significantly […]

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