Category: History and Anthropology

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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For Scholars, No Easy Answers on World War I & the Transformation of the Middle East

For Scholars, No Easy Answers on World War I & the Transformation of the Middle East

[ 0 ] April 20, 2016 |

“We have to recognize that there are several shattered political visions that are still with us and there are several unhealed traumas or wounds – the Armenians, Kurds, Palestinians (for example)…we are still dealing with the long-term legacy of these unhealed wounds.” — Cemil Aydin, UNC-Chapel Hill by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on APRIL […]

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‘The Last Scholar’: Cheikh Moussa Kamara and the Condemnation of Jihad by the Sword

‘The Last Scholar’: Cheikh Moussa Kamara and the Condemnation of Jihad by the Sword

[ 0 ] April 19, 2016 |

a Scholar’s Notebook feature  by MBAYE LO for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 19, 2016: After 15 hours of traveling by buses, taxis and horse-drawn carriages, I finally arrived at a border village on the bank of the river that divides Senegal and Mauritania. The village of Ganguel Soulé is located in Fuuta Toro, a West African […]

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The British Library’s Oldest Qur’an Manuscript Now Online

The British Library’s Oldest Qur’an Manuscript Now Online

[ 0 ] April 11, 2016 |

via THE BRITISH LIBRARY on APRIL 7, 2016:  The British Library’s oldest Qur’ān manuscript, Or.2165, dating from the eighth century, has now been fully digitised and is available on the British Library’s Digitised Manuscripts site. Among the most ancient copies of the Qurʼān, it comprises 121 folios containing over two-thirds of the complete text and […]

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Iraq Ambassador Talks About Democracy, ISIS in Duke Talk

Iraq Ambassador Talks About Democracy, ISIS in Duke Talk

[ 0 ] April 5, 2016 |

Video above starts about 3 minutes in. Associate professor of the practice, public policy, David Schanzer (right) interviews Ambassador Lukman Faily. Ambassador Lukman Faily: “Unfortunately none of our American friends told us how hard it is to be democratic. We have had to learn the hard way.” via DUKE TODAY on APRIL 1, 2016:  DURHAM, NC […]

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The Roots of Homophobia and Anti-Gay Sentiment in the Muslim World (by Ali Olomi)

The Roots of Homophobia and Anti-Gay Sentiment in the Muslim World (by Ali Olomi)

[ 0 ] March 30, 2016 |

by ALI OLOMI for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 30, 2016:  In March 2016 Payam Feili, a young Iranian poet, took refuge in Israel because he faced persecution in his home country for being openly gay. Feili’s situation is not unique for many LGBTQ individuals in the Middle East. Homosexuality is a crime in nearly two dozen […]

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The Dilemma of Christian-Muslim Relations in Pakistan

The Dilemma of Christian-Muslim Relations in Pakistan

[ 0 ] March 28, 2016 |

An attack on Sunday evening (March 27) in a busy park in the eastern city of Lahore, Pakistan, killed 70 people — mostly women and children out celebrating Easter. Pakistan is a majority-Muslim state but has a Christian population estimated at between 2 and 3 million. This essay below was published today in the Pakistan Christian Post. […]

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Mara Leichtman on Lebanese Migration & Shi’i Religious Conversion in Senegal (Book Q & A)

Mara Leichtman on Lebanese Migration & Shi’i Religious Conversion in Senegal (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] March 18, 2016 |

“Opinion leaders and policy-makers unfortunately have a tendency to equate Lebanese Shi‘ism with Hizbullah and to assume all Shi‘a are connected to Iran. My book documents very different dynamics. I do examine the spread of the Arab-Israeli conflict to Senegal, but this plays out differently in the diaspora than it does in Lebanon. I also […]

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