Category: History and Anthropology

Reasonable Accommodations & Minority Religious Freedom in the U.S. & Canada: What Have We Learned?

[ 0 ] January 26, 2015 |

“The term “Reasonable Accommodation” has emerged in the last decade as a major innovation in the legal and political culture of liberal democratic nation states. Facing growing ethnic and cultural diversity, resulting from migrations that transformed their socio-demographic maps, liberal societies confront the imperative of accommodating minorities that are ambivalent about integration into the “national […]

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Islam: Religion of Peace or Font of Terror? (Q & A with John Esposito)

Islam: Religion of Peace or Font of Terror? (Q & A with John Esposito)

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

A conversation with John Esposito of the Georgetown Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding by JOHN BURGER for ALETEIA on JANUARY 21, 2015:  The recent murders of civilians in Paris, Nigeria, Iraq, Pakistan and other places around the world by those claiming to defend the Islamlic religion have, for many people, raised once again the question of whether Islam […]

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When Women Become Terrorists (by Jayne Huckerby for the New York Times)

When Women Become Terrorists (by Jayne Huckerby for the New York Times)

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

by JAYNE HUCKERBY for THE NEW YORK TIMES on JANUARY 21, 2015:  DURHAM, N.C. — SINCE the terror attacks in Paris two weeks ago, the French police have been on the hunt for Hayat Boumeddiene, the partner of Amedy Coulibaly, one of the slain gunmen. She is now suspected to be in Syria. Some news […]

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“The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History” (New Book by Rian Thum)

“The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History” (New Book by Rian Thum)

[ 0 ] January 21, 2015 |

by CARLA NAPPI for NEW BOOKS IN EAST ASIAN STUDIES on DECEMBER 22, 2014:  In his fascinating new book, Rian Thum explores the craft, materiality, nature, and readership of Uyghur history over the past 300 years. The Sacred Routes of Uyghur History (Harvard University Press, 2014) argues that understanding Uyghur history in this way is […]

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WATCH: On European Identity, Secular Liberalism, & the “Otherness” of Islam in Europe

[ 0 ] January 18, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 19, 2015:  On Wednesday, January 13, nearly a week after the attacks in Paris (at the Charlie Hebdo magazine and at the Kosher market) Oxford University historian Martin Conway was at Duke for a long-scheduled talk on “The End of European Integration” sponsored by Duke University’s Center for European studies. […]

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Muslim-Jewish Coexistence: Mark Cohen on its History and Relevance Today

Muslim-Jewish Coexistence: Mark Cohen on its History and Relevance Today

[ 0 ] January 14, 2015 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE  for ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 13, 2015:  (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia) History is a witness to the close relationship between Muslims and Jews. That was the message Profesor Mark R. Cohen delivered in two lectures at King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last month on the […]

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On Charlie Hebdo: A Letter to My British Friends (by Olivier Tonneau)

[ 0 ] January 13, 2015 |

by OLIVIER TONNEAU for MEDIAPART on JANUARY 11, 2015:  Three days ago, a horrid assault was perpetrated against the French weekly Charlie Hebdo, who had published caricatures of Mohamed, by men who screamed that they had “avenged the prophet”. A wave of compassion followed but apparently died shortly afterward and all sorts of criticism started pouring […]

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WATCH: Duke PhD Candidate Jeong Speaks on Key Chinese Muslim Figures in History

[ 0 ] January 12, 2015 |

via JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER (DUKE UNIVERSITY) and COUNCIL FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES (DUKE UNIVERSITY) on JANUARY 12, 2014: Janice Hyeju Jeong, a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at Duke University, talks about how the Council for European Studies helped expand her research on Islam in China, focusing on transnational interactions between Chinese Muslims and different parts […]

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Sharpening Contradictions: Why al-Qaeda Attacked Satirists in Paris (by Juan Cole)

Sharpening Contradictions: Why al-Qaeda Attacked Satirists in Paris (by Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] January 8, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JANUARY 7, 2015:  The horrific murder of the editor, cartoonists and other staff of the irreverent satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, along with two policemen, by terrorists in Paris was in my view a strategic strike, aiming at polarizing the French and European public. The problem for a terrorist […]

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A Proposal: Let’s Disentangle Religion from Politics

A Proposal: Let’s Disentangle Religion from Politics

[ 0 ] January 7, 2015 |

by Sümeyye Kocaman for ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 7, 2015: As we hear more and more about the Caliphate, the ummah, Islamic law and the Islamic State, I am surprised by many things: the so-called experts’ lack of information; how the facts are being politically manipulated; how people of faith are letting religion be used in this […]

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