Category: Sub-Saharan, East, and West Africa

WATCH LIVE Oct. 29 at 12p: Duke’s Robin Kirk Chats with MSF Historian Laurence Binet

WATCH LIVE Oct. 29 at 12p: Duke’s Robin Kirk Chats with MSF Historian Laurence Binet

[ 0 ] October 28, 2014 |

Binet’s research includes primary source evidence of decisions taken by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) during critical moments such as the Ethiopian famine, Rwanda and Zaire during and after the genocide, Somalia in the early 1990s, Chechnya in the early days of Putin, and others. compiled via FORUM FOR SCHOLARS & PUBLICS on OCTOBER 28, […]

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Dispatches From a Muslim in Ottawa

Dispatches From a Muslim in Ottawa

[ 0 ] October 23, 2014 |

by CHELBY DAIGLE for ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 23, 2014:  I’ve been asked to write this piece by the Editor of ISLAMiCommentary, a public scholarship forum and outreach initiative managed by the Duke Islamic Studies Center. As the Editor in Chief of Ottawa’s Muslim Community Newspaper, Muslim Link, I would never claim to speak on behalf […]

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An Intellectual Giant: Ali Mazrui (1933-2014)

An Intellectual Giant: Ali Mazrui (1933-2014)

[ 0 ] October 22, 2014 |

by HATEM BAZIAN for AL JAZEERA on OCTOBER 18, 2014:  For the past 50 years, Ali Mazrui dominated the field of African Studies through 26 internationally acclaimed books and hundreds of articles, essays, interviews, and appearances on radio and television programmes. On October 13, the world lost an intellectual giant who helped shape academic and […]

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Ebola & Immigrants and Muslims, Oh My! Operating the Fear Machine (by Rebecca Gordon)

[ 0 ] October 20, 2014 |

by REBECCA GORDON for INFORMED COMMENT on OCTOBER 17, 2014:  Like many people around the world, four-star Marine General John Kelley is really worried about Ebola. But he’s not worried about the more than 4,000 people who have died of the disease in western Africa. And he’s only tangentially worried about people dying in this country. […]

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A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of ‘What is Veiling?’

A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of ‘What is Veiling?’

[ 0 ] October 13, 2014 |

ISLAMiCommentary editor’s note: There seems to be no end to controversies and misunderstandings surrounding veiling. Here is a Q & A with Islamic studies professor Sahar Amer on her new book “What is Veiling” followed by an op-ed she wrote for the online journal “The Conversation” on debates on veiling in Australia. Amer also did […]

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Eid-ul-Adha Mubarak !

Eid-ul-Adha Mubarak !

[ 0 ] October 3, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on OCTOBER 3, 2014:  Wishing all who celebrate it a joyous Eid-ul-Adha! The holiday will be commemorated from Saturday, October 4 through Sunday October 5. It will coincide this year with the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur. To celebrate the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the Duke Muslim Students […]

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ISLAMiCommentary Celebrates Two Years!

ISLAMiCommentary Celebrates Two Years!

[ 1 ] September 29, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on September 29, 2014: Though many months in the planning, ISLAMiCommentary officially launched in October 2012. An outgrowth of the Carnegie Corporation of New York-supported Transcultural Islam Project, this forum for public scholarship is thriving and continues to grow. A humble to thank you to all of our readers, Facebook, […]

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Omid Safi: Engaging in the Public Discussion on Islam

Omid Safi: Engaging in the Public Discussion on Islam

[ 0 ] September 26, 2014 |

Duke alumnus returns to lead Islamic Studies Center by GEOFFREY MOCK for DUKE TODAY on SEPTEMBER 25, 2014:  Omid Safi came to Duke two decades ago “a shy, geeky poor immigrant kid from Iran.” He returns now as a senior faculty member determined to repay a debt for allowing him “to dream dreams I didn’t […]

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WATCH: Ebrahim Moosa on Islamic Bioethics, Brain Death and Organ Transplants

WATCH: Ebrahim Moosa on Islamic Bioethics, Brain Death and Organ Transplants

[ 0 ] September 25, 2014 |

via DAVIDSON COLLEGE, SEPTEMBER 2014:  Dr. Ebrahim Moosa, Professor of Islamic Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, and in the Department of History at Notre Dame, discussed “Islamic Bioethics: Recent Debates about Brain Death and Organ Transplants” in September 2014, at Davidson College. This forum is hosted by the Vann Center for […]

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‘We Will Triumph Over Terrorism,’ Nigerian President Tells UN Assembly

‘We Will Triumph Over Terrorism,’ Nigerian President Tells UN Assembly

[ 0 ] September 24, 2014 |

via UN NEWS CENTRE on SEPTEMBER 24, 2014:  24 September 2014 – Even though the United Nations Charter underlines the imperative to “save succeeding generations from the scourge of war”, Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria told the General Assembly today that the world continued to witness the ravages of war and human suffering, at times […]

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