Category: History and Anthropology

About a Girl: To ‘Liesel’ in Gaza…

About a Girl: To ‘Liesel’ in Gaza…

[ 0 ] July 30, 2014 |

by ROBIN KIRK for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 30, 2014: Of all of the images of the destruction being visited upon Gaza and Israel, why did the picture of a girl retrieving her books from the rubble stop me cold? The image was originally posted, as far as I can tell, by the Palestinian Information Center […]

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Sally Howell on ‘Old Islam in Detroit’ (Book Q & A)

Sally Howell on ‘Old Islam in Detroit’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] July 29, 2014 |

Column » By the Book by *JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary on July 29, 2014:  Muslims have a long and rich history in Greater Detroit, Michigan, but it has not been thoroughly documented – until now. Sally Howell brings this history to life in her new book out next month — Old Islam […]

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Omid Safi New Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center

Omid Safi New Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center

[ 1 ] July 22, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, for DUKE TODAY on JULY 22, 2014:  Omid Safi, (pictured) a prominent Islamic studies professor and scholar, joined the faculty of Duke this month as director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC). As the new William and Bettye Martin Musham Director for Islamic Studies, Safi will oversee DISC, […]

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Looking Beyond the ‘Safety’ of the Hate Narrative

Looking Beyond the ‘Safety’ of the Hate Narrative

[ 0 ] July 18, 2014 |

Northwestern University Professor and Vice President of Kids4Peace International Yakir Englander on the Urgency of Deeper Healing in Israel/Palestine by Yakir Englander for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 18, 2014: Serious illness calls for first aid, then sometimes surgery, followed by healing the source of the disease. If you ask which is most important, I’d say you can’t have one […]

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WATCH: Palestine in 1896

[ 0 ] July 15, 2014 |

video shared by WILLIAM DALRYMPLE (@DalrympleWill) on JULY 12, 2014:  This shows the first film footage taken in Palestine, and was shot by the Lumier Brothers. — University of Michigan Middle East historian Juan Cole posted on his blog Informed Comment a synopsis of the demographics of the time: Kemal Karpat wrote that according to the […]

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China to Uyghurs: Eat, Don’t Fast for Ramadan

China to Uyghurs: Eat, Don’t Fast for Ramadan

[ 0 ] July 15, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 15, 2014:    The common saying that “you are what you eat” suggests that food is closely tied to one’s social identity—and what one eats and when can often be key indicators of particular ethnic and/or religious traditions. Therefore, the gradual erosion of a […]

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Scholars Size Up Indonesia’s Presidential Election

Scholars Size Up Indonesia’s Presidential Election

[ 0 ] July 9, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on JULY 9, 2014:  Today’s presidential election in Indonesia pitted Jakarta governor Joko (Jokowi) Widodo (a former furniture exporter) against Prabowo Subianto, a former general and a former son-in-law of Suharto “with a checkered human rights record“, in what The Guardian called “the tightest and most divisive presidential election since the downfall […]

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Our Legacy, Too: Muslim Women and the Civil Rights Movement

Our Legacy, Too: Muslim Women and the Civil Rights Movement

[ 0 ] July 8, 2014 |

by JAMILLAH KARIM for NYU PRESS BLOG on JULY 8, 2014:  “No one person owns this. This history is a history of thousands of people and we tell hundreds of those stories.” When I heard former mayor of Atlanta Shirley Franklin speak these sentiments about the civil rights movement on the occasion of the opening […]

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A ‘Rare’ Arab Intellectual: Fouad Ajami (1945-2014)

A ‘Rare’ Arab Intellectual: Fouad Ajami (1945-2014)

[ 0 ] June 24, 2014 |

by JOSEPH A KECHICHIAN for AL JAZEERA on JUNE 24, 2014:  Bernard Lewis, the British-American historian who fancied such terms as “Islamofascism” and “Crisis of Islam” and who often wondered what went wrong with the Arabs, once described Fouad Ajami as “both a Shiite from South Lebanon and an American political scientist”. Ajami was much more […]

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No Good Men Among the Living : America, the Taliban and the War Through Afghan Eyes (Book Q & A)

No Good Men Among the Living : America, the Taliban and the War Through Afghan Eyes (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] June 24, 2014 |

Column » By the Book by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 24, 2014:  How often do we hear from Afghans on their experience in America’s long and exhausting war in Afghanistan? Anand Gopal gives them a voice in his moving book, No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the War Through […]

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