Category: History and Anthropology

Nicolas Pelham on ‘Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East’ (Book Q & A)

Nicolas Pelham on ‘Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] May 23, 2016 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 23, 2016:  How did the rise of nation-states in the 20th century doom religious diversity and pluralism in the Middle East?  And, can pluralism be recovered to heal and transform the Middle East?  Veteran journalist Nicolas […]

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WATCH: A Conversation about War and Writing with Matt Gallagher

[ 0 ] May 16, 2016 |

a discussion about “boots on the ground” in contemporary American military conflict  via DUKE UNIVERSITY FORUM FOR SCHOLARS & PUBLICS on MAY 1, 2016:  Last month Duke Divinity School student and veteran Naval Officer Giovanna Meek moderated a conversation with acclaimed author and Army veteran Matt Gallagher about his experiences being a soldier and a writer. […]

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LISTEN: Blood Brothers — The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

LISTEN: Blood Brothers — The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

[ 0 ] May 13, 2016 |

by BRUCE BERGLUND for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on APRIL 30, 2016:  Is there a figure in sports more admired and beloved than Muhammad Ali? Widely revered not only as one of boxing’s greatest champions but also as one of the rare athletes to speak out on political issues, Ali holds a place at […]

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Mbaye Lo on “Muslim Institutions of Higher Education in Postcolonial Africa” (Book Q & A)

Mbaye Lo on “Muslim Institutions of Higher Education in Postcolonial Africa” (Book Q & A)

[ 1 ] May 10, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCOMMENTARY with MBAYE LO on MAY 10, 2016: Duke University Asian & Middle Eastern studies professor Mbayo Lo and University of Botswana theologian Muhammed Haron (a South African native) are the editors of a new book “Muslim Institutions of Higher Education in Postcolonial Africa” — published by Palgrave, Fall 2015. The […]

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WATCH: Sahar Aziz on Rethinking Counter-Terrorism in the Age of ISIS

WATCH: Sahar Aziz on Rethinking Counter-Terrorism in the Age of ISIS

[ 0 ] May 9, 2016 |

via CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF ISLAM AND DEMOCRACY on APRIL 26, 2016:  Sahar F. Aziz, Texas A&M School of Law and nonresident fellow at the Brookings Doha Center, presented on “Rethinking Counter-terrorism in the Age of ISIS” at the 17th annual conference of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID), held in […]

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WATCH: The Formative Period of Shi’i Thought (via Hartford Seminary)

[ 0 ] May 9, 2016 |

via HARTFORD SEMINARY on MAY 2, 2016:  Mohammad Sagha and Prof. Tehseen Thaver discussed and debated “The Formative Period of Shi’i Thought” at Hartford Seminary on April 28, 2016.

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WATCH: Getting Crusaded–History and the Targets of Medieval Holy War

WATCH: Getting Crusaded–History and the Targets of Medieval Holy War

[ 0 ] May 4, 2016 |

Paul M. Cobb, Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at University of Pennsylvania, spoke on April 28 at the University of Minnesota via UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA on APRIL 28, 2016:  The study of the Crusades, that sequence of papally-sponsored holy wars against various enemies of the Church, has never been more exciting. These movements are […]

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Women’s Equality: Constitutions and Revolutions in Egypt

Women’s Equality: Constitutions and Revolutions in Egypt

[ 0 ] May 2, 2016 |

by ELLEN MCLARNEY for POMEPS/WOMEN AND GENDER IN MIDDLE EAST POLITICS WORKSHOP on MARCH 11, 2016:  Many criticisms of the 2012 Egyptian constitution revolved around its presumed violations of women’s rights. The media, research institutes, and human rights organizations blamed the Islamism of the government of Muhammad Morsi for jeopardizing women’s “personal liberty” and civil […]

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Bibi’s Buddies: Singapore, Russia and Israel’s Turn to the Right

Bibi’s Buddies: Singapore, Russia and Israel’s Turn to the Right

[ 0 ] April 29, 2016 |

What it means for human rights and freedom of expression in Israel by SHALOM GOLDMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 29, 2016: Last week the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong, spent four days in Israel as the very-well-received guest of the government. And, in a move unusual in the world of diplomacy, the Israeli government had […]

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The Arabic Shakespeares: Subversive, Political, and Entertaining

The Arabic Shakespeares: Subversive, Political, and Entertaining

[ 0 ] April 26, 2016 |

by MARCIA LYNX QUALEY for THE NEW ARAB on APRIL 23, 2016:  It was 1608 when the crew of the Red Dragon – under the leadership of Capt. William Keeling – set down on a small island that was then part of the Sultanate of al-Mahra and Socotra, now Yemen. While there – according to […]

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