Category: Business & Economics

WATCH: “Egypt–The Death of the Public Sphere” (w/Shahin,Hamzawy,Goldbery,El-Ghobashy,Jamal,Brown,Hashemi)

WATCH: “Egypt–The Death of the Public Sphere” (w/Shahin,Hamzawy,Goldbery,El-Ghobashy,Jamal,Brown,Hashemi)

[ 0 ] February 1, 2016 |

via DENVER UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR MIDDLE EAST STUDIES on DECEMBER 17, 2015:  A panel discussion was held at the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on November 22, 2015 in Denver, with the exiled Egyptian scholars Emad Shahin (currently at Georgetown University) and Amr Hamzawy (Visiting Scholar at Stanford University), followed by […]

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Chaos and Violence: How New Year’s Eve in Cologne Has Changed Germany

[ 0 ] January 11, 2016 |

New Year’s Eve in Cologne rapidly descended into a chaotic free-for-all involving sexual assault and theft, most of it apparently committed by foreigners. It has launched a bitter debate over immigration and refugees in Germany — one that could change the country. by SPIEGEL STAFF on JANUARY 8, 2016:  A lot happened on New Year’s […]

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LISTEN: A Moral Vacuum at the Heart of the Presidential Campaign (by Norman Wirzba)

[ 0 ] January 10, 2016 |

by GLAD YOU ASKED (AT DUKE UNIVERSITY) on JANUARY 6, 2016:  Norman Wirzba sees a moral vacuum at the heart of the presidential campaign: He says candidates are ignoring society’s most vulnerable citizens. Wirzba is a professor of theology, ecology and agrarian studies at Duke Divinity School who also teaches environmental ethics at Duke’s Nicholas […]

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Rami Khouri: 2015’s Dark Legacy in the Middle East (in Cairo Review)

Rami Khouri: 2015’s Dark Legacy in the Middle East (in Cairo Review)

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

The dark, sick heart of 2015 is the narrowing space across the entire Middle East for citizens to express themselves freely on issues that matter to them and their families. by RAMI KHOURI for CAIRO REVIEW on JANUARY 2, 2016:  I have always been dubious about looking back at the past year and coming up […]

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ISLAMiCommentary/TIRN Featured in New SSRC Report ‘Religion, Media and the Digital Turn’

ISLAMiCommentary/TIRN Featured in New SSRC Report ‘Religion, Media and the Digital Turn’

[ 0 ] December 17, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 17, 2015:  We at the Duke Islamic Studies Center are pleased to announce that the work of the Carnegie Corporation of New York-supported Transcultural Islam Project (ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN) has been highlighted in a new report by the Social Science Research Council — “Religion, Media and the […]

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A Strangeness in His Mind: Orhan Pamuk on his Novels, Istanbul & the Preservation of Memories

A Strangeness in His Mind: Orhan Pamuk on his Novels, Istanbul & the Preservation of Memories

[ 0 ] December 16, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 14, 2015: Last month, the Duke Middle East Studies Center (DUMESC) had the honor of hosting Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk for a series of events at Duke University. With co-sponsorship from the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies, Duke Global Education/Duke in Turkey, Franklin Humanities Institute, Arts […]

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WATCH: Abdullah Saeed and Timur Kuran on Religious Freedom

WATCH: Abdullah Saeed and Timur Kuran on Religious Freedom

[ 0 ] November 4, 2015 |

via RELIGIOUS FREEDOM PROJECT (GEORGETOWN’S BERKLEY CENTER) on OCTOBER 29, 2015 (* event held in December 2014):  Dr. Abdullah Saeed and Dr. Timur Kuran explain how greater confidence in societies has historically resulted in more religious freedom. This clip is taken from a lecture organized by the Religious Freedom Project of Georgetown’s Berkley Center. Abdullah Saeed […]

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ADC Urges Retailers to Discontinue Racist Halloween Costume Sales

ADC Urges Retailers to Discontinue Racist Halloween Costume Sales

[ 0 ] October 27, 2015 |

UPDATE OCT. 29, 2015: Wal-Mart Pulls Israeli Soldier Costume, Fake ‘Sheik’ Nose Off Shelves (by Lucy Bayly, NBC News, October 29, 2015) AMERICAN-ARAB ANTI-DISCRIMINATION COMMITTEE PRESS RELEASE on OCTOBER 27, 2015:  Washington, DC | www.adc.org | October 27th, 2015 – The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), joined by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the U.S. Palestinian Community […]

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Youth Revolts are Back — Lebanon, Iraq Shaken by Demand for Services, End to Corruption (by Juan Cole)

Youth Revolts are Back — Lebanon, Iraq Shaken by Demand for Services, End to Corruption (by Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] August 24, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on AUGUST 23, 2015:  The master narrative of much Western journalism is that the youth protests of 2011 have been replaced by civil war and terrorism. But while there is plenty of both in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Libya, in fact here and there in the region youth protests […]

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A Grim Anniversary for Palestinian Universities

[ 0 ] August 19, 2015 |

by ASMA’ JAWABREH and RASHA FAEKFOR for AL-FANAR MEDIA on AUGUST 17, 2015:  More than a year after the 51-day war last summer between Israel and Palestine, Palestinian universities are still suffering from the damage, and professors and students are struggling to cope. “I was not able to go back to my university last year,” […]

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