Category: History and Anthropology

Omid Safi: The Power of a Glance (for On Being)

Omid Safi: The Power of a Glance (for On Being)

[ 0 ] May 22, 2015 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on MAY 22, 2015:  The Cappadocia region of Turkey looks like the landscape of the Flintstones. Something ethereal, something lunar, and somewhat otherworldly. There’s everything from natural hikes to hot air balloons to one of the oldest Christian monastic communities in the world. UNESCO has designated the collection of […]

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ISIS Control of Palmyra Sends ‘Shockwaves’ Through Archaeological Community

ISIS Control of Palmyra Sends ‘Shockwaves’ Through Archaeological Community

[ 0 ] May 21, 2015 |

  compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 21, 2015:  ISIS militants captured the historic city of Palmyra in Syria this week and were reported today to have entered the archaeological ruins there — what UNESCO has named a world heritage site. Watch the BBC report above.  Professors Carol Myers, Eric Meyers, and Kevin Butcher […]

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WATCH: Is the Movie “Zero Dark Thirty” CIA Propoganda? (Frontline)

[ 0 ] May 18, 2015 |

via FRONTLINE/PBS on MAY 15, 2015:  The blockbuster movie, “Zero Dark Thirty” reflected the CIA’s narrative that “enhanced interrogations” — widely criticized as torture — were key in finding and killing Osama bin Laden. But is that the truth? Watch FRONTLINE’s full documentary “Secrets, Politics and Torture” detailing the CIA’s controversial interrogation program here:http://to.pbs.org/1PTEVQO  

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Rebecca Stein on “Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age” (Book Q & A)

Rebecca Stein on “Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age” (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] May 18, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary  — Q & A with REBECCA STEIN — on MAY 18, 2015: Digital Militarism: Israel’s Occupation in the Social Media Age (Stanford University Press, April 2015), by scholars Adi Kunstman and Rebecca Stein, has been called “a pioneering book, showing how information and communication technologies have turned into wartime arsenals, and […]

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Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Sentenced to Death, Pending Mufti Review

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Sentenced to Death, Pending Mufti Review

[ 0 ] May 18, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 17, 2015:  Here’s a short compilation of analyses/reactions to the news that former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to death, pending review by the Grand Mufti:   Morsi sentenced to death for prison break and espionage pending Mufti’s recommendation (Mada Masr, May 16, 2015) EXCERPT: Cairo Criminal […]

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WATCH: Cemil Aydin on the Impossibility of the Millet System in Turkey — How it Succeeded and Why it Ultimately Failed

[ 0 ] May 15, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 15, 2015:  Cemil Aydin is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Aydin presented on the “Impossibility of the Millet System in the Age of Active Publics: Ottoman Tanzimat, Imperial Citizenship, and Cosmopolitan Pluralism, 1839-1915″ at the […]

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Carla Power on an Unlikely Friendship & Journey to the Heart of the Quran (Book Q & A)

Carla Power on an Unlikely Friendship & Journey to the Heart of the Quran (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] May 15, 2015 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 15, 2015: Great journalists invite us to be companions with them on their journeys to extraordinary places. Carla Power offers such an invitation in her new book, If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey […]

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Gaza 2014: Hamas’ Strategic Calculus (by Glenn E. Robinson)

Gaza 2014: Hamas’ Strategic Calculus (by Glenn E. Robinson)

[ 0 ] May 14, 2015 |

Abstract: This article analyzes Hamas’ strategic and political calculations during the 2014 conflict with Israel in Gaza. I argue Hamas did not plan the conflict, which came mostly in response to Israel’s crackdown on Hamas in the West Bank (Operation Brothers Keeper). However, Hamas sought to use the conflict to reverse its increasingly weak strategic […]

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WATCH: Global Norms, Geopolitics, and the Evolution of Minority Politics in Turkey

WATCH: Global Norms, Geopolitics, and the Evolution of Minority Politics in Turkey

[ 0 ] May 13, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary/TIRN on MAY 13, 2015:  Michael Reynolds, an Associate Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University, presented on “Global Norms, Geopolitics, and the Evolution of Minority Politics in Turkey” at the March 19, 2015 workshop “Turkish Reasonable Accommodations: From Multiculturalism to Secular Nationalism and Back.” “Often in analyses […]

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WATCH: The Cosmo-Politics of Nostalgia — Istanbul, Identity, and Difference

WATCH: The Cosmo-Politics of Nostalgia — Istanbul, Identity, and Difference

[ 0 ] May 11, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary/TIRN on MAY 6, 2015:  Nora Fisher Onar is a Research Associate of the Centre for International Studies of the University of Oxford and a Transatlantic Fellow of the German Marshall Fund in Washington DC. Fisher Onar presented “The Cosmo-Politics of Nostalgia: Istanbul, Identity, and Difference” at the March […]

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