Category: Sub-Saharan, East, and West Africa

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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WATCH NOW: Women Preventing Violent Extremism: Charting a New Course (USIP)

[ 0 ] March 6, 2015 |

via US INSTITUTE OF PEACE on MARCH 6, 2015:  In celebration of International Women’s Day, the U.S. Institute of Peace invites you to meet 12 women civil society leaders from India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Tanzania on Friday, March 6. The discussion will focus on lessons learned in their work of preventing violent extremism […]

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Bruce Lawrence on “Who is Allah?” (Book Essay)

Bruce Lawrence on “Who is Allah?” (Book Essay)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

“We invoke the name of Allah to bless a meal. We invoke His name before opening a book we are about to read. We invoke His name to anticipate an action. We invoke His name to mark a ritual slaughter. Why do all religions put such a focus on the name of this or that […]

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Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

[ 0 ] February 17, 2015 |

by PENDA MBOW for SUD ONLINE on JANUARY 15, 2015 *originally published in French, translated here in English:  The time has come, a week after the tragic and inexcusable events in Paris, the killing of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and the taking of hostages in a Hypercacher supermarket, to begin an honest debate among all, […]

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Islam: Religion of Peace or Font of Terror? (Q & A with John Esposito)

Islam: Religion of Peace or Font of Terror? (Q & A with John Esposito)

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

A conversation with John Esposito of the Georgetown Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding by JOHN BURGER for ALETEIA on JANUARY 21, 2015:  The recent murders of civilians in Paris, Nigeria, Iraq, Pakistan and other places around the world by those claiming to defend the Islamlic religion have, for many people, raised once again the question of whether Islam […]

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When Women Become Terrorists (by Jayne Huckerby for the New York Times)

When Women Become Terrorists (by Jayne Huckerby for the New York Times)

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

by JAYNE HUCKERBY for THE NEW YORK TIMES on JANUARY 21, 2015:  DURHAM, N.C. — SINCE the terror attacks in Paris two weeks ago, the French police have been on the hunt for Hayat Boumeddiene, the partner of Amedy Coulibaly, one of the slain gunmen. She is now suspected to be in Syria. Some news […]

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The Celebration of Mawlid, The Birthday of the Prophet (by Omid Safi)

The Celebration of Mawlid, The Birthday of the Prophet (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] January 2, 2015 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on JANUARY 2, 2014:  Lots of people argue over Christmas, whether it is the holy day to honor the birth of the Jesus or a commercial, secular holiday. (And at least to Neil deGrasse Tyson, the birth of Isaac Newton). Muslims are no strangers to arguments, and have their […]

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WATCH: Desert Rose Performs Ave Maria in Arabic, Latin & Khosa

[ 0 ] December 22, 2014 |

via YUSUF DESERT ROSE on FEBRUARY 13, 2014: Desert Rose composed this unique version of Ave Maria based on Chopin’s Fantasie Impromptu when they were invited to perform in the Trinity Lutheran Church in Warsaw, Poland, in November 2013 as part of an international interfaith campaign for COP19, the annual global conference addressing Climate Change. […]

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Zeynep Tufekci: Social Movements and Governments in the Digital Age

Zeynep Tufekci: Social Movements and Governments in the Digital Age

[ 0 ] December 18, 2014 |

Evaluating a Complex Landscape by ZEYNEP TUFEKCI for COLUMBIA JOURNAL OF INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS (Vol 68, No 1 Fall/Winter 2014) on DECEMBER 12, 2014:  SUMMARY: Recently, social movements have shaken countries around the world. Most of these movements have thoroughly integrated digital connectivity into their toolkits, especially for organizing, gaining publicity, and effectively communicating. Governments, too, have been […]

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WATCH: Left of Black with Neo Muyanga and Khadija Patel

[ 0 ] December 16, 2014 |

by MARK ANTHONY NEAL for LEFT OF BLACK on DECEMBER 15, 2014:  Mark Anthony Neal is joined in the studio by WISER-Duke writing fellows Neo Muyanga and Khadija Patel. Muyanga is a composer and musician who is working on a new libretto. Patel is a Muslim journalist and blogger writing about the Johannesburg suburb, Mayfair. […]

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