Category: Sub-Saharan, East, and West Africa

Liberalism and the American Muslim Predicament (Sherman Jackson for Islamic Monthly)

[ 0 ] June 29, 2015 |

by SHERMAN JACKSON for ISLAMIC MONTHLY on JUNE 27, 2015:  In his provocative book, White, Richard Dyer observes that the real power of American whiteness lay in its effective invisibility. While Hispanics, Asians, blacks and others are immediately recognized as raced, whites enjoy the presumption of being just “humans.” This raises their perspective above critique, […]

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WATCH: Mustafa Akyol on Faith Vs. Tradition in Islam (TED Talk archives)

WATCH: Mustafa Akyol on Faith Vs. Tradition in Islam (TED Talk archives)

[ 0 ] June 22, 2015 |

via TED on MARCH 2011:  Journalist Mustafa Akyol talks about the way that some local cultural practices (such as the seclusion of women) have become linked, in the popular mind, to the articles of faith of Islam. Has the world’s general idea of the Islamic faith focused too much on tradition, and not enough on […]

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10 Books by Muslim Writers to Celebrate Ramadan the Literary Way (by Aisha Anwar for Bustle)

10 Books by Muslim Writers to Celebrate Ramadan the Literary Way (by Aisha Anwar for Bustle)

[ 0 ] June 19, 2015 |

by AISHA ANWAR for BUSTLE on JUNE 17, 2015:  Ramadan 2015 is here, which means you’re going to see your Muslim friends fasting from dawn to dusk for the next 30 days. But — hold up — what exactly is Ramadan? (It’s totally OK to ask if you don’t know.) Here’s a primer: Night after night […]

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REPORT: The Global Refugee Crisis — A Conspiracy of Neglect (Amnesty International)

[ 0 ] June 18, 2015 |

via AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL (PUBLISHED BY THE GUARDIAN) on JUNE 2015:  EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: In the past two years, the world has witnessed a growing refugee crisis. In 2013, for the first time since World War II, the number of those forcibly displaced from their homes exceeded 50 million. Millions more have since been displaced as a […]

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Ramadan Mubarak ! Plus some Ramadan FAQs, Answered

Ramadan Mubarak ! Plus some Ramadan FAQs, Answered

[ 0 ] June 17, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 17, 2015: ISLAMiCommentary would like to wish our Muslim readers Ramadan Mubarak! Ramadan starts on Thursday, June 18 this year. For those who are not Muslim, and are curious about Ramadan, here are some Ramadan FAQs excerpted from the Council on American Islamic Relations 2015 “Sharing Ramadan Resource Guide.” Q: […]

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Antebellum Islam (paper by Khaled A. Beydoun)

Antebellum Islam (paper by Khaled A. Beydoun)

[ 0 ] June 16, 2015 |

by KHALED A. BEYDOUN for 58:1 HOWARD LAW JOURNAL 141 (DECEMBER 2014):  ABSTRACT: Muslim-American identity today is deeply conflated with Arab-American identity. This conflation perpetuates stereotypes within legal scholarship, government agencies, and civil rights interventions seeking to combat the marginalization of Muslim Americans – victims of post-9/11 profiling and new, local policing surveillance programs (e.g., […]

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Ramadan Guide to Social Media Fasting (by Omar Usman)

[ 0 ] June 2, 2015 |

by OMAR USMAN for FiqhOfSocial.Media:  Every Ramadan we make goals oriented around improving ourselves and getting to the next level. There are two ways we go about this – either through increase or through decrease. We work to develop habits by increasing how much we pray, attend the masjid, read Qur’an, make dua, spend time […]

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Here Are the (Many) Muslim Condemnations of ISIS You’ve Been Looking For (via Bridge Initiative/Georgetown U)

Here Are the (Many) Muslim Condemnations of ISIS You’ve Been Looking For (via Bridge Initiative/Georgetown U)

[ 0 ] May 18, 2015 |

via THE BRIDGE INITIATIVE (at Georgetown University’s Al-Waleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding) on APRIL 26, 2015:  EXCERPT: As part of an ongoing project that monitors and maps Muslims’ condemnations of terrorism, The Bridge Initiative offers this summary of Muslims’ condemnations of ISIS. It’s the most comprehensive catalog ever compiled. To date, we’ve identified condemnations from more than 80 […]

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WATCH LIVE: Is the US Still the “Indispensable Nation”? (5/15 @9a)

WATCH LIVE: Is the US Still the “Indispensable Nation”? (5/15 @9a)

[ 0 ] May 14, 2015 |

*** Video of the event will appear live at 9am on May 15. If you are watching before then, you are seeing a video of a previous Wilson Center event…  via THE WILSON CENTER (EVENT) on MAY 15, 2015:  Is the United States Still the “Indispensable Nation”? Please join us for a half-day discussion with former […]

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Without Reform, UN’s Western Sahara Mission Risks Failure (by Ann Marie Wainscott)

Without Reform, UN’s Western Sahara Mission Risks Failure (by Ann Marie Wainscott)

[ 0 ] May 12, 2015 |

by ANN MARIE WAINSCOTT for IPI GLOBAL OBSERVATORY on MAY 11, 2015:  In its April vote to extend the Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) until April 2016, the United Nations Security Council called for an “intensive and substantive” phase of negotiations over the territory. These would seek to finally end the 40-year […]

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