Category: Sub-Saharan, East, and West Africa

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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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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