Category: Themes

WATCH: “What is Sacred Space?” A Multi-Faith Discussion at the Duke Chapel

WATCH: “What is Sacred Space?” A Multi-Faith Discussion at the Duke Chapel

[ 0 ] February 26, 2015 |

via DUKE CHAPEL on FEBRUARY 25, 2015:  Sacred space is central in the practices of many faith traditions. A Duke Chapel “Bridge Panel” explored the topic with Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders. The panelists included: Dr. Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at the Duke Divinity School; Dr. Omid […]

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What ISIS Really Is: Sham Muslims, real criminals (by Bruce Lawrence, RNS)

What ISIS Really Is: Sham Muslims, real criminals (by Bruce Lawrence, RNS)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by BRUCE LAWRENCE for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on FEBRUARY 25, 2015:  (RNS) Less than six months ago, few outside the Middle East knew much about a group called ISIS or ISIL or the Islamic State. It was not till mid-June that its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaimed himself the caliph, and ISIS the territory he […]

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Growing Support for Campaign Against ISIS and Possible Use of U.S. Ground Troops (Pew)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

Shifting Views on How Best to Defeat Global Terrorism via PEW RESEARCH CENTER on FEBRUARY 24, 2015:  The public has grown more supportive of the U.S. fight against ISIS, as about twice as many approve (63%) as disapprove (30%) of the military campaign against the Islamic militant group in Iraq and Syria. Last October, 57% […]

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Bruce Jentleson: “Invitation to Netanyahu ‘Totally Inappropriate,’ But Not a First”

Bruce Jentleson: “Invitation to Netanyahu ‘Totally Inappropriate,’ But Not a First”

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

via DUKE OFFICE OF NEWS & COMMUNICATIONS on FEBRUARY 25, 2015: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impending address to a joint session of Congress Tuesday continues to draw fire. Netanyahu was invited by House Speaker John Boehner, in what many have described as a rebuke to President Obama’s Iran policy. “It is totally inappropriate for […]

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Arabic Hero Comes to the Big Screen in First Fully Middle Eastern-Funded/Produced Animated Film

Arabic Hero Comes to the Big Screen in First Fully Middle Eastern-Funded/Produced Animated Film

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

The film is being presumably based on the story of Bilal ibn Rabah, a companion of Prophet Mohammed. via STEP FEED on FEBRUARY 24, 2015:  Dubai-based animation studio Barajoun Entertainment released the first trailer for its animated film “Bilal” this week, promising to bring an Arabic hero to the bring screen. A thousand years ago, one boy with a […]

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Suleyman Shah’s Tomb Exhumed, Mausoleum Pre-emptively Destroyed, Syrian Territory Annexed by Turkey?

Suleyman Shah’s Tomb Exhumed, Mausoleum Pre-emptively Destroyed, Syrian Territory Annexed by Turkey?

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by SAM HARDY for CONFLICT ANTIQUITIES (BLOG) on FEBRUARY 23, 2015:  It’s difficult to headline or even strapline the story of these events, but Turkey has extracted sarcophagi and other artefacts from a Turkish exclave that is surrounded by Islamic State-held Syrian territory, and apparently deliberately destroyed the mausoleum that housed the tombs. What, you might […]

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Bruce Lawrence on “Who is Allah?” (Book Essay)

Bruce Lawrence on “Who is Allah?” (Book Essay)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

“We invoke the name of Allah to bless a meal. We invoke His name before opening a book we are about to read. We invoke His name to anticipate an action. We invoke His name to mark a ritual slaughter. Why do all religions put such a focus on the name of this or that […]

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Scholars Reflect on the “Legacy of Malcolm X” (Part 2)

Scholars Reflect on the “Legacy of Malcolm X” (Part 2)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on FEBRUARY 23, 2015 *Updated February 25 with Forum for Scholars & Publics video:  February 21, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of one of the most iconic leaders of the 20th century, Malcolm X El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. This weekend his life and legacy got widespread media attention. […]

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Ellen McLarney: Why Arab Spring Made Life Better in Tunisia, Failed Everywhere Else

Ellen McLarney: Why Arab Spring Made Life Better in Tunisia, Failed Everywhere Else

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by ELLEN MCLARNEY for REUTERS on FEBRUARY 18, 2015:  Earlier this month, Tunisia’s newly elected parliament cobbled together a coalition government led by a secular party that included its Islamist rivals, who had been democratically ousted from power. The new government, coming on the heels of a historic presidential election, a new constitution and the […]

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LISTEN: Schanzer (Duke), Schake (Hoover Institution) & Billoo (CAIR) Debrief on the WH CVE Summit

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

via TRIANGLE CENTER ON TERRORISM AND HOMELAND SECURITY and KQED (San Francisco) on FEBRUARY 19, 2015:  On Wednesday, February 18th more than 60 world leaders gathered at a White House summit to discuss how to counter violent extremism. In opening remarks, President Obama said we must discredit violent ideologies and find “…new ways to amplify the […]

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