Category: History and Anthropology

The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

[ 0 ] February 9, 2016 |

Mbaye Bashir Lo teaches at Duke University in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and is core faculty with the Duke Islamic Studies Center. This article highlights key elements in his current book project entitled “Justice versus Freedom: the Problem with Militant Islam.” He is currently a visiting scholar at l’Institut d’études de l’Islam […]

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Scholars Discuss The Making and Future of the Arab Refugee Crisis

Scholars Discuss The Making and Future of the Arab Refugee Crisis

[ 0 ] February 2, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, GEOFFREY MOCK and EMILIE POPLETT for DUKE TODAY on FEBRUARY 2, 2016: The Syrian refugee crisis was decades in the making. The international community now has less time to try to resolve it. That was the message from a series of scholars, journalists and artists who spoke at a two-day conference […]

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WATCH: “Egypt–The Death of the Public Sphere” (w/Shahin,Hamzawy,Goldbery,El-Ghobashy,Jamal,Brown,Hashemi)

WATCH: “Egypt–The Death of the Public Sphere” (w/Shahin,Hamzawy,Goldbery,El-Ghobashy,Jamal,Brown,Hashemi)

[ 0 ] February 1, 2016 |

via DENVER UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR MIDDLE EAST STUDIES on DECEMBER 17, 2015:  A panel discussion was held at the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on November 22, 2015 in Denver, with the exiled Egyptian scholars Emad Shahin (currently at Georgetown University) and Amr Hamzawy (Visiting Scholar at Stanford University), followed by […]

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WATCH: Debating Syria’s Future— with Landis, Ghadbian, Whitson, and Gelvin

[ 0 ] January 29, 2016 |

via UNIVERSITY OF DENVER MIDDLE EAST STUDIES CENTER on DECEMBER 16, 2015:  Panel discussion held on November 23, 2015 in Denver at the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA), featuring (in order): Sarah Leah Whitson of Human Rights Watch, James Gelvin of UCLA, Joshua Landis of the University of Oklahoma, and Najib […]

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WATCH: Duke Professor Traces His Family History to Istanbul

WATCH: Duke Professor Traces His Family History to Istanbul

[ 0 ] January 26, 2016 |

by DUKE GLOBAL on JANUARY 26, 2016:  Professor Erdağ Göknar became a scholar of Middle Eastern and Turkish studies after tracing his own family history to Istanbul during World War I. Here he discusses his family’s refugee story, his work with Nobel Prize winning novelist Orhan Pamuk and how he teaches global contexts to students […]

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Tahrir 5 Years Later: The Hurdles to Democratization & Arab Youth Revolts

Tahrir 5 Years Later: The Hurdles to Democratization & Arab Youth Revolts

[ 0 ] January 25, 2016 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JANUARY 25, 2016: A frequently met-with Western political and often journalistic narrative of the 2011 youth revolts in the Arab world is that idealistic young people came out into the streets and managed to overthrow four dictators, but then the essential Arab nature (violent, fanatical, tribal and sectarian) […]

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American Muslims Are Continuing Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

American Muslims Are Continuing Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

[ 0 ] January 18, 2016 |

by NIHAD AWAD for TIME on JANUARY 18, 2016:  ‘We demand that our nation live up to its own profession of values’ As we honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we must also remember that his message of unity and equality for all people is no less relevant or urgent […]

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LISTEN: Patrick Bowen on the History of Conversion to Islam in the U.S.

LISTEN: Patrick Bowen on the History of Conversion to Islam in the U.S.

[ 0 ] January 14, 2016 |

by KRISTIAN PETERSEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on JANUARY 12, 2016:  In the current political moment there is widespread anti-Muslim rhetoric and it would be easy to conclude that a large portion of white Americans see Islam at odds with American values. But a longer view of history reveals a long-standing appreciation for […]

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Freedom of Choice: What We Can Learn from Recent Refugee Flows to Liberal Countries

Freedom of Choice: What We Can Learn from Recent Refugee Flows to Liberal Countries

[ 0 ] January 13, 2016 |

by GALYM ZHUSSIPBEK for ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 13, 2016: There is a never ending discussion between liberal and conservative minded people over freedom of choice — whether it furthers the development of our capabilities or leads us to depravity. A majority of religiously conservative people a priori assume that freedom of choice, a core liberal […]

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Stephen Frederic Dale on ‘Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man’ (Book Q & A)

Stephen Frederic Dale on ‘Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] January 7, 2016 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 7, 2016:  Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) was a colossus among Muslim scholars.  Stephen Frederic Dale gives us a portrait of this extraordinary man in his new intellectual biography, The Orange Trees of Marrakesh: Ibn Khaldun and the […]

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