Category: Sub-Saharan, East, and West Africa

WATCH: American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

WATCH: American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

[ 0 ] September 15, 2014 |

via THE WILSON CENTER on SEPTEMBER 15, 2014:  Journalists, policymakers, and pundits are once again debating whether Americans have turned away from the world. Officials from both sides of the aisle warn about an “isolationism dictated by the past.” Contrary to this conventional view, new survey results from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs show […]

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WATCH LIVE AT 5p: Amb. Daniel Benjamin and Fran Townsend Discuss the Evolving Terrorist Threat (#DukeTerrorTalk)

[ 0 ] September 10, 2014 |

TWEET ABOUT THIS LIVE-STREAMED TALK #DukeTerrorTalk or Tweet @DukeSanford and/or @ISLAMiComment via TRIANGLE CENTER ON TERRORISM AND HOMELAND SECURITY (Duke/UNC-Chapel Hill/RTI International consortium) on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014:  The 2014 Robert R. Wilson Lecture this year is a discussion between two leading counterterrorism experts from the Bush and Obama administrations. Fran Townsend, former chair of the Homeland Security […]

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John Esposito on His Career, the Current State of IR Scholarship on Islam, the Rise of ISIS, and Islamophobia

John Esposito on His Career, the Current State of IR Scholarship on Islam, the Rise of ISIS, and Islamophobia

[ 0 ] September 9, 2014 |

INTERVIEW WITH JOHN ESPOSITO via E-INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS on SEPTEMBER 8, 2014:  John L. Esposito is University Professor, Professor of Religion & International Affairs and of Islamic Studies, and Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Previously, he was Loyola Professor of Middle East Studies, […]

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Amina Wadud: Muslim Separatists and The Idea of an “Islamic” State

Amina Wadud: Muslim Separatists and The Idea of an “Islamic” State

[ 0 ] September 8, 2014 |

Since the horrible events in the US on September 11th 2001 I have experienced an overwhelming tendency of Muslim apologia. Any time anyone who identifies as Muslim commits horrific acts, Muslim civil organizations and community leaders have been quick to not to condone these acts. Sometimes they use the language “this is not Islam”. This […]

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WATCH: Are Muslims Being Portrayed Unfairly?

[ 0 ] September 5, 2014 |

via CNN on SEPTEMBER 4, 2014:  Does Islam lend itself to extremism, and have muslims been vocal enough in condemning the violence? Our panel weighs in. **panelists included Lisa Bloom (legal analyst), Marc Lamont Hill (political commentator), Ben Ferguson (Ben Ferguson show). If video above doesn’t play watch: http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/bestoftv/2014/09/04/ctn-muslim-extremism-panel.cnn.html  

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WATCH: Finding a Safe Space for Learning in a Country Beset by Violence

[ 0 ] September 4, 2014 |

by GUY HUBBARD for UNICEF on AUGUST 20, 2014:  In the Central African Republic, where a crisis of violence, displacement and instability has closed many schools, UNICEF temporary learning spaces are helping children like 13-year-old Nicolette continue their education. BANGUI, Central African Republic, 20 August 2014 – The grounds of the Boy Rabe Monastery in […]

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WATCH/FOLLOW: American Muslims United Against Violent Extremism

WATCH/FOLLOW: American Muslims United Against Violent Extremism

[ 0 ] August 28, 2014 |

MPAC Presents Safe Spaces Campaign to Prevent Violent Extremism  via MPAC (Muslim Public Affairs Council) on AUGUST 28, 2014:  On Thursday, Aug. 28, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) held a press conference with law enforcement officials and national community leaders to address the escalation of violent extremism and MPAC’s response to the potential for threats against […]

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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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