Category: Themes

WATCH 10/27 at 5:30: Safi, Jentleson, Schanzer and Maghraoui Hold Public Conversation on MidEast

WATCH 10/27 at 5:30: Safi, Jentleson, Schanzer and Maghraoui Hold Public Conversation on MidEast

[ 0 ] October 23, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 23, 2014: With a war raging in Syria that’s spilled over into Iraq, militant groups jockeying for attention and control, and a sobering post-Arab Spring reality that’s seen traditional alliances upended, political Islam scrutinized, and dissent stifled, four Duke faculty members will put the latest developments and […]

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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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No Single Pathway to Terrorism: Scholars John Horgan and David Schanzer Reflect on the Ottawa Attacks

No Single Pathway to Terrorism: Scholars John Horgan and David Schanzer Reflect on the Ottawa Attacks

[ 0 ] October 23, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 23, 2014:  This morning, as part of an academic visit to Duke, renowned terrorism scholar and criminal psychologist John Horgan sat down with Duke University public policy professor and national security expert David Schanzer for a taped conversation about yesterday’s terrorist attack in Ottawa, Canada and what […]

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WATCH: Christine Fair on “Fighting to the End: Pakistan’s Way of War”

[ 0 ] October 23, 2014 |

via WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL (DC) on OCTOBER 20, 2014:  Since its founding in 1947, the army of Pakistan has dominated the state, embroiling the country in an enduring conflict with India over Kashmir. Despite repeated losses, the Pakistani army remains committed to achieving its military goals in the region. The employment of non-state actors in […]

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“Canadian Islam: Belonging & Loyalty”: Book Review (via Muslim Link)

“Canadian Islam: Belonging & Loyalty”: Book Review (via Muslim Link)

[ 0 ] October 22, 2014 |

by HEBA AWAD for THE MUSLIM LINK (OTTAWA) on OCTOBER 2, 2014:  “Canadian Islam: Belonging & Loyalty,” written by Imam Zijad Delic, is a discussion about the identity of Muslims in Canada. It is a book that could not be more relevant than it is today with the rise of the Islamic State (IS) and […]

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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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White House Announces Countering Violent Extremism Program: Is It Pretext for Spying on Muslims?

White House Announces Countering Violent Extremism Program: Is It Pretext for Spying on Muslims?

[ 0 ] October 22, 2014 |

by SAHAR AZIZ for THE HUFFINGTON POST on OCTOBER 1, 2014:  The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has captured international attention as the world witnesses in horror its brutality. Notwithstanding that most of ISIL’s victims are Muslim, its atrocities are reinforcing false stereotypes that something is inherently violent about Islam. As a […]

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WATCH LIVE at 6p — Is Islam a Religion?: Islamophobia, Public Discourse, and the Idea of Religion

WATCH LIVE at 6p — Is Islam a Religion?: Islamophobia, Public Discourse, and the Idea of Religion

[ 0 ] October 22, 2014 |

via UNION THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY on OCTOBER 22, 2014:  PANEL at 6p-7:45p EST: “IS ISLAM A RELIGION?: ISLAMOPHOBIA, PUBLIC DISCOURSE, AND THE IDEA OF RELIGION This event will be Livestreamed here and ABOVE.  But if you would like to attend we ask that you RSVP HERE. Islamophobic and anti-Muslim public discourse centers on a number of common themes, […]

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Is Turkey in a “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t” Situation?

Is Turkey in a “Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t” Situation?

[ 0 ] October 21, 2014 |

by BAHAR LEVENTOGLU for ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 21, 2014:  In a dramatic policy shift, Turkey decided Monday to allow Iraqi Kurdish forces, the peshmerga, to cross the Turkish border into Syria to help fight Islamic State militants in the Kurdish town of Kobani — under siege by ISIS for nearly a month. This came hours after […]

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WATCH: Steffen Kaupp on Turkish-German Satire

[ 0 ] October 21, 2014 |

via COUNCIL FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES/JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER on SEPTEMBER 29, 2014:  Steffen Kaupp, a Duke PdD student in the Carolina-Duke Graduate Program in German Studies, outlines his research on Turkish-German satire and his interdisciplinary work with the Duke University Council for European Studies.  

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