Category: Business & Economics

Benedikt Koehler: Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism

Benedikt Koehler: Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism

[ 1 ] April 21, 2014 |

by BENEDIKT KOEHLER for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 21, 2014:  Arabs first made a name for themselves in business; their reputation for religious zeal came later. Arabs earned a reputation as long distance traders and risk investors long before the advent of Islam, and arguably the spread of Islam also was a breakthrough for capitalism and […]

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The Assad Regime: Winning on Points (Carnegie Middle East Center)

The Assad Regime: Winning on Points (Carnegie Middle East Center)

[ 0 ] April 14, 2014 |

As John Brennan, director of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, said in a public talk in March 2014, “Syria has a real army” that is “a large conventional military force with tremendous firepower.” It benefits significantly from Iranian and Russian advice and new training in urban warfare as well as from the infusion of non-Syrian combat manpower, […]

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Syrian Families Struggle to Cope Outside the Protective Umbrella of Camps in Jordan

Syrian Families Struggle to Cope Outside the Protective Umbrella of Camps in Jordan

[ 0 ] March 19, 2014 |

via UNHCR on MARCH 18, 2014:  AMMAN, Jordan, March 18 (UNHCR)– The UN refugee agency on Tuesday said that hundreds of thousands of Syrians forced into exile in Jordan are facing a fresh humanitarian crisis as they struggle to get by living outside the country’s refugee camps. The warning comes in a study by UNHCR and […]

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‘Muslims We Can Do Business With’: China Welcomes Arab Trade in its Hui Muslim Heartland

‘Muslims We Can Do Business With’: China Welcomes Arab Trade in its Hui Muslim Heartland

[ 0 ] March 12, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 12, 2014:  For three years running, the China-Arab Economic Forum held its annual gatherings in Yingchuan, the capital city of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in Northwest China — a region with the third smallest GDP in China. The meetings, held in this “Muslim heartland,” attracted 18 national […]

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Duncan Green: What Do Policymakers Want From Researchers?

Duncan Green: What Do Policymakers Want From Researchers?

[ 0 ] March 11, 2014 |

What Do Policymakers Want from Researchers? Blogs, Elevator Pitches and Good Old Fashioned Press Mentions (Duncan Green provides short and sweet translations of some of the key findings from a recent survey looking at how US policymakers use and value international studies research. The findings point to the importance of blogging, but also to the sustained […]

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The Qatar Brand is Thriving

The Qatar Brand is Thriving

[ 0 ] March 10, 2014 |

by miriam cooke for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 11, 2014:  When you’re looking for global exposure no coverage is bad. And Qatar is hungry for media attention as a nation state portending a new future for the Arab world. Until 1970 when the British left, Arab Gulf neighbors were all members of the same tribes living […]

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Tunisia: ‘Candle in the Dark’ That Lit Arab Spark Finds Its Way

Tunisia: ‘Candle in the Dark’ That Lit Arab Spark Finds Its Way

[ 0 ] March 7, 2014 |

by LARRY LUXNER for THE WASHINGTON DIPLOMAT , MARCH 2014:  Early this month, when Mohamed Ezzine Chelaifa visits the White House to present his credentials as Tunisia’s new envoy to the United States, President Obama might get the feeling it’s déjà vu all over again. After all, the country has now seen three ambassadors in Washington in the span of […]

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An Unchecked AKP is Endangering the Turkish Model

An Unchecked AKP is Endangering the Turkish Model

[ 0 ] February 19, 2014 |

by ERDAĞ GÖKNAR for ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 19, 2014: Most observers agree that Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has mishandled the current political crisis. The AKP, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, once aspired to civil society and pluralism, but has recently embraced a strain of single-party authoritarianism. The government has sought increased […]

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Allison McManus: Tunisia’s Constitution and a View to Egypt (TIMEP)

[ 0 ] February 14, 2014 |

by ALLISON MCMANUS for THE TAHRIR INSTITUTE FOR MIDDLE EAST POLICY (TIMEP) on FEBRUARY 13, 2014:  Tunisian and Egyptian Political Context On Sunday, January 26, 2014, the Tunisian National Constituent Assembly (NCA) members celebrated the adoption of a new Tunisian Constitution – the second constitution in the modern state’s history. After weeks of heated debates, death […]

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This Burka is Built for Two: Q&A with Taz Ahmed on #MuslimVDay

This Burka is Built for Two: Q&A with Taz Ahmed on #MuslimVDay

[ 0 ] February 14, 2014 |

by PAVANI YALAMANCHILI for THE AEROGRAM (blog) on FEBRUARY 10, 2014:  Love, laughter and snark go together in Tanzila “Taz” Ahmed’s Muslim Valentine cards. This year marks the third year that the Los Angeles-based writer, artist and activist is making the colorful cards, which feature bold images and text with cheeky puns like “You put the FUN in […]

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