Category: Sub-Saharan, East, and West Africa

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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Tarek Osman: Imagining a New Arab Order

[ 0 ] December 9, 2014 |

by TAREK OSMAN for CAIRO REVIEW on DECEMBER 3, 2014: The Arab World is witnessing ideological, sectarian, and ethnic conflicts. The region has not experienced such polarizations in at least a century. As governments are no longer serving as arbiters among competing interest groups, the state has lost legitimacy. Violence is on the rise across […]

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Omid Safi: Heaven is Not a Zip Code

Omid Safi: Heaven is Not a Zip Code

[ 0 ] December 8, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on NOVEMBER 27, 2014:  What if we have gotten Heaven all wrong? Many Christians, Muslims, and some Buddhists imagine a heavenly place as an eternal reward for the faithful. While this place is often described as a garden of serenity and tranquility, we often see many faithful arguing about who […]

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New Volume on “Islam in Nigeria” Tackles Boko Haram Insurgency & Historical and Contemporary Islamic Landscape

New Volume on “Islam in Nigeria” Tackles Boko Haram Insurgency & Historical and Contemporary Islamic Landscape

[ 0 ] November 24, 2014 |

Academic publication introduces readers to the history of Islam in Nigeria, and tackles the Boko Haram insurgency; internal splits of the Salafi movement in Nigeria; dynamics generated by the mobilization for ‘political Sharia’ in the years 2000s; contemporary and varied Islamic movements and trends (Tijaniyya, Salafism, Shiism) that are the protagonists of a constant (and usually non-violent) […]

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LISTEN: Reza Aslan– Islam’s Reformation

[ 0 ] November 24, 2014 |

via WNYC/ON BEING on NOVEMBER 20, 2014:  In a probing and personal conversation, Reza Aslan opens a refreshing window on religion in the world and Islam in particular. It’s a longer view of history and humanity than news cycles invite — certainly when it comes to the Arab Spring, or to ISIS.  

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Bruce Jentleson: Let the ‘Grand Strategy’ Debate Begin

Bruce Jentleson: Let the ‘Grand Strategy’ Debate Begin

[ 0 ] November 20, 2014 |

by BRUCE JENTLESON for THE HILL on NOVEMBER 20, 2014:  Following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union, the term du jour was “post-Cold War world.” But this spoke more to what the world wasn’t than what it was. Sept. 11 did its own redefinition with terrorism central, but crowded out so […]

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UAE Blacklists 82 Groups as “Terrorist”, including US Muslim Civil Rights & Advocacy Org. CAIR

[ 0 ] November 18, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 18, 2014:  What constitutes a terrorist organization? A wide-ranging list of 82 groups, named as “terrorist,” has been named by the United Arab Emirates. The breadth of the list — which includes the Muslim Brotherhood, al Qaeda, Boko Haram, the UK-based Cordoba Foundation and the Council on […]

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WATCH: Duke’s Robin Kirk Chats with MSF Historian Laurence Binet

WATCH: 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/DUKE TODAY on OCTOBER […]

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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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