Category: History and Anthropology

Between Good Friday and Easter: A Muslim Meditation on Christ and Resurrection

[ 0 ] April 19, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on MARCH 30, 2014:  The time period between Good Friday and Easter is a poignant time for me. As a Muslim, it has meaning beyond its meaning as Christian creed. Some of the great exemplars of my own life have been figures from the Christian tradition, iconic figures […]

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A New Easter Tradition: Eggs With a Turkish Flavor

A New Easter Tradition: Eggs With a Turkish Flavor

[ 0 ] April 19, 2014 |

by DR. LACHIN HATEMI for FOUNDATION FOR PLURALISM on APRIL 19, 2014:  A fascination with eggs and their perfect form inspired Peter Carl Fabergé, who was a renowned jeweler and goldsmith to the Russian Imperial Court. Fabergé created a total of 50 Imperial Easter Eggs for Russian emperors from 1885 to 1917, which became an Easter […]

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WATCH LIVE April 17-19: 5th Annual Conference on the Study of Islamophobia (UC Berkeley)

[ 0 ] April 17, 2014 |

via UC BERKELEY:  2014 Theme: Latent and Manifest Islamophobia: Multimodal Engagements with the Production of Knowledge (WATCH LIVE HERE and ABOVE; Friday April 19′s session begins at 11:30a PACIFIC TIME and GOES UNTIL 5:45p– SEE BELOW FOR SCHEDULE) Join us free of charge for the Fifth Annual International Islamophobia Conference April 17-19, 2014 on the legendary Berkeley campus, the location with […]

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Shalom Goldman on Religion, Nationalism, and “Ancestral Homelands”

Shalom Goldman on Religion, Nationalism, and “Ancestral Homelands”

[ 0 ] April 16, 2014 |

“For Putin, a former ardent Communist and KGB officer, to speak of the baptism of Prince Vladimir and his “spiritual feats” as the basis for his claim to Crimea is strange indeed. But it is, in fact, no stranger than the remarkably similar claims to the West Bank  made in the past few years by […]

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Joel S. Migdal on “Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East” (Book Q & A)

Joel S. Migdal on “Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East” (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] April 11, 2014 |

Column » By the Book by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 11, 2014:  Joel S. Migdal is one of America’s leading scholars on the Middle East, and his scholarship is on display in his new book, Shifting Sands: The United States in the Middle East (Columbia University Press, 2014).  Shifting Sands is an […]

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India’s Elections and the Muslim Vote

India’s Elections and the Muslim Vote

[ 0 ] April 6, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on APRIL 6, 2014: Indians start voting in the world’s biggest ever election on Monday, April 7, with Hindu hardliner Narendra Modi, a frontrunner for premier who has promised to revive the economy. AFP reports that Modi “accused India’s ruling Congress party on the eve of the vote […]

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A Snapshot of Multi-Cultural France, 125 Years Since the Eiffel Tower Welcomed the World to Paris

A Snapshot of Multi-Cultural France, 125 Years Since the Eiffel Tower Welcomed the World to Paris

[ 0 ] March 31, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on MARCH 31, 2014:  The Eiffel Tower, an icon of France turns 125 today. Designed by Gustave Eiffel to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, it became the symbol of the World’s Fair in Paris that year. France and the world are, of course, much changed since 1889. […]

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Kismet Seventy Years Later: Recognizing the First Genuine Muslim Superhero

Kismet Seventy Years Later: Recognizing the First Genuine Muslim Superhero

[ 0 ] March 19, 2014 |

Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels  by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 20, 2014:  Kismet may not be the first Muslim superhero, but he may be the first worthy of that title. Some buffoonish characters preceded him, and other orientalist caricatures appeared on earlier comics pages, but without either superpowers or other […]

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WATCH:  Juan Cole on the Birth of al Qaeda

WATCH: Juan Cole on the Birth of al Qaeda

[ 0 ] March 19, 2014 |

via INFORMED COMMENT/C-SPAN, FEBRUARY 2014:  University of Michigan History Professor Juan Cole, author of Engaging the Muslim World and Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East, talks about the birth of al-Qaida in this lecture to his class. It was filmed by C-SPAN in February and was recently shown on television. It is now available on the web here. […]

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‘Muslims We Can Do Business With’: China Welcomes Arab Trade in its Hui Muslim Heartland

‘Muslims We Can Do Business With’: China Welcomes Arab Trade in its Hui Muslim Heartland

[ 0 ] March 12, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 12, 2014:  For three years running, the China-Arab Economic Forum held its annual gatherings in Yingchuan, the capital city of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in Northwest China — a region with the third smallest GDP in China. The meetings, held in this “Muslim heartland,” attracted 18 national […]

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