Category: History and Anthropology

The War Department’s WWII Advice Booklet for Soldiers Headed to Syria (via Slate)

[ 0 ] September 19, 2014 |

by CHRIS A. SMITH for SLATE on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014:  The Vault is Slate‘s history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. In 1942 the American war machine was in high gear, and soldiers were shipping out across the globe—often to places […]

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Jean-Pierre Filiu on ‘Gaza: A History’ (Book Q & A)

Jean-Pierre Filiu on ‘Gaza: A History’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] September 17, 2014 |

“Both Fatah and Hamas, the main Palestinian parties, have forged over the years a self-celebrating militant narrative, intimately linked to Gaza, and any academic research has to deconstruct this narrative before addressing the core issues of the historical process.” — Jean-Pierre Filiu  Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and […]

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Nasta‛liz: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy (Sackler Gallery until 3/22/15)

Nasta‛liz: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy (Sackler Gallery until 3/22/15)

[ 0 ] September 15, 2014 |

via ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY, SEPTEMBER 2014:  Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy September 13, 2014–March 22, 2015 Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy is the first exhibition of its kind to focus on nasta‛liq, a calligraphic script that developed in the fourteenth century in Iran and remains one of the […]

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WATCH: American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

WATCH: American Isolationism: Is it a Myth or a Reality?

[ 0 ] September 15, 2014 |

via THE WILSON CENTER on SEPTEMBER 15, 2014:  Journalists, policymakers, and pundits are once again debating whether Americans have turned away from the world. Officials from both sides of the aisle warn about an “isolationism dictated by the past.” Contrary to this conventional view, new survey results from The Chicago Council on Global Affairs show […]

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A Decline and Fall: What the History of the Safavid Empire Can Teach Us

A Decline and Fall: What the History of the Safavid Empire Can Teach Us

[ 0 ] September 12, 2014 |

“If you want to run an empire, the best possible way is to have unity through diversity. You don’t chop off heads, you bring people in, you invite them to convert. If they don’t, well, God will take care of that but in the meantime, they pay higher taxes.” Professor Rudi Matthee, University of Delaware  by […]

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WATCH: Classified Pages of a 9/11 Report May Implicate Key U.S. Ally (via PBS)

[ 0 ] September 12, 2014 |

by JEFFREY BROWN for PBS NEWSHOUR on SEPTEMBER 11, 2014:  Thirteen years since September 11, 2001, some revelations of a joint congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks remain classified. But some lawmakers argue the secret pages reveal little about national security and a great deal about Saudi Arabia’s role in the attacks. Lawrence Wright, whose […]

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Challenging Uyghur Muslim Identity: More Enforcement, Worse Results (Haiyun Ma, I-wei Jennifer Chang)

Challenging Uyghur Muslim Identity: More Enforcement, Worse Results (Haiyun Ma, I-wei Jennifer Chang)

[ 0 ] September 12, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for CHINA BRIEF (Volume: 14 Issue: 17) on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014: Following deadly attacks in Beijing, Kunming and Urumqi over the last year, the Xinjiang government has intensified its efforts to regulate Uyghur religious activities. The provincial government has once again reinforced its ban on Ramadan fasting for Uyghur […]

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Since 9/11, Fewer Americans Say Terrorism Top Problem (Gallup)

Since 9/11, Fewer Americans Say Terrorism Top Problem (Gallup)

[ 0 ] September 10, 2014 |

Government and the economy most commonly cited problems now by REBECCA RIFKIN for GALLUP on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014:  Four percent of Americans currently mention terrorism as the most important problem facing the U.S. Although low on an absolute basis, it is the highest percentage naming this issue since May 2010. Mentions of terrorism have been […]

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John Esposito on His Career, the Current State of IR Scholarship on Islam, the Rise of ISIS, and Islamophobia

John Esposito on His Career, the Current State of IR Scholarship on Islam, the Rise of ISIS, and Islamophobia

[ 0 ] September 9, 2014 |

INTERVIEW WITH JOHN ESPOSITO via E-INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS on SEPTEMBER 8, 2014:  John L. Esposito is University Professor, Professor of Religion & International Affairs and of Islamic Studies, and Founding Director of the Alwaleed Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at the Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University. Previously, he was Loyola Professor of Middle East Studies, […]

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The Islamic State Campaign: Key Strategic and Tactical Challenges (CSIS)

[ 0 ] September 4, 2014 |

by ANTHONY H. CORDESMAN for CENTER FOR STRATEGIC AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES (CSIS) on SEPTEMBER 2, 2014:  Transition in Afghanistan Grand Strategic Context Secular, “Christian” U.S. with poor track record in Iraq and ties to Israel; lack of allied confidence in U.S. in Arab world and Turkey; No allied unity. Islamic State is only one of […]

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