Category: Sub-Saharan, East, and West Africa

WATCH LIVE: Sec. Kerry to Talk on Relationship Between Religion & U.S. Foreign Policy

WATCH LIVE: Sec. Kerry to Talk on Relationship Between Religion & U.S. Foreign Policy

[ 0 ] April 26, 2016 |

via U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT and JAMES A. BAKER III INSTITUTE FOR PUBLIC POLICY AT RICE UNIVERSITY on APRIL 22, 2016:  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will deliver remarks at the James A. Baker III Institute for Public Policy at Rice University, in Houston, Texas, at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. (8:30pm eastern) […]

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For Scholars, No Easy Answers on World War I & the Transformation of the Middle East

For Scholars, No Easy Answers on World War I & the Transformation of the Middle East

[ 0 ] April 20, 2016 |

“We have to recognize that there are several shattered political visions that are still with us and there are several unhealed traumas or wounds – the Armenians, Kurds, Palestinians (for example)…we are still dealing with the long-term legacy of these unhealed wounds.” — Cemil Aydin, UNC-Chapel Hill by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on APRIL […]

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‘The Last Scholar’: Cheikh Moussa Kamara and the Condemnation of Jihad by the Sword

‘The Last Scholar’: Cheikh Moussa Kamara and the Condemnation of Jihad by the Sword

[ 0 ] April 19, 2016 |

a Scholar’s Notebook feature  by MBAYE LO for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 19, 2016: After 15 hours of traveling by buses, taxis and horse-drawn carriages, I finally arrived at a border village on the bank of the river that divides Senegal and Mauritania. The village of Ganguel Soulé is located in Fuuta Toro, a West African […]

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Mara Leichtman on Lebanese Migration & Shi’i Religious Conversion in Senegal (Book Q & A)

Mara Leichtman on Lebanese Migration & Shi’i Religious Conversion in Senegal (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] March 18, 2016 |

“Opinion leaders and policy-makers unfortunately have a tendency to equate Lebanese Shi‘ism with Hizbullah and to assume all Shi‘a are connected to Iran. My book documents very different dynamics. I do examine the spread of the Arab-Israeli conflict to Senegal, but this plays out differently in the diaspora than it does in Lebanon. I also […]

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WATCH: Profs. Feaver & Jentleson on How Trump, Sanders Stack up on Foreign Policy

WATCH: Profs. Feaver & Jentleson on How Trump, Sanders Stack up on Foreign Policy

[ 0 ] February 29, 2016 |

via DUKE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE on FEBRUARY 24, 2016:  How would Bernie Sanders or Donald Trump address national security and foreign policy if elected President? Peter Feaver and Bruce Jentleson debate the implications in this episode of Foreign Exchange. Peter Feaver is a professor of political science and public policy. From 2005-07, he […]

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Islam and the Cold War Baroque (a book review)

Islam and the Cold War Baroque (a book review)

[ 0 ] February 16, 2016 |

by RAZA RUMI for THE FRIDAY TIMES on AUGUST 14, 2015:  As the world moves into a maddening phase of Islam versus the West, Pakistani academic Sadia Abbas presents a layered narrative in her book, At Freedom’s Limit: Islam and the Postcolonial Predicament (Fordham University Press, New York), on the contours of a new, imagined […]

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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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