Category: History and Anthropology

WATCH: Christine Fair on “Fighting to the End: Pakistan’s Way of War”

[ 0 ] October 23, 2014 |

via WORLD AFFAIRS COUNCIL (DC) on OCTOBER 20, 2014:  Since its founding in 1947, the army of Pakistan has dominated the state, embroiling the country in an enduring conflict with India over Kashmir. Despite repeated losses, the Pakistani army remains committed to achieving its military goals in the region. The employment of non-state actors in […]

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An Intellectual Giant: Ali Mazrui (1933-2014)

An Intellectual Giant: Ali Mazrui (1933-2014)

[ 0 ] October 22, 2014 |

by HATEM BAZIAN for AL JAZEERA on OCTOBER 18, 2014:  For the past 50 years, Ali Mazrui dominated the field of African Studies through 26 internationally acclaimed books and hundreds of articles, essays, interviews, and appearances on radio and television programmes. On October 13, the world lost an intellectual giant who helped shape academic and […]

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WATCH: Tom Cinq-Mars and His Research on the Druzbha Oil Pipeline’s Impact on the Tatars

[ 0 ] October 17, 2014 |

via COUNCIL FOR EUROPEAN STUDIES/JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER on SEPTEMBER 26, 2014:  Tom Cinq-Mars, a Duke PhD student in the History Department, outlines his research on the Druzhba oil pipeline’s impact on Russia’s (Muslim) Tatar populations and his interdisciplinary work with the Council for European Studies.

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Big Expectations, Human Rights Challenges Ahead for Indonesia’s New President

Big Expectations, Human Rights Challenges Ahead for Indonesia’s New President

[ 2 ] October 17, 2014 |

So much for ‘Invisible’ Indonesia: Joko Widodo will be inaugurated as the new president of Indonesia on October 20, carrying with him the hopes of his nation and the world.  (Above) Indonesian journalist/human rights activist Ahmady speaks with UNC-Chapel Hill geography professor Christian Lentz about the latest developments in Indonesia. by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary […]

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The Tunisian Exception (by L. Carl Brown)

[ 0 ] October 15, 2014 |

by L. CARL BROWN for INFORMED COMMENT on OCTOBER 14, 2014:  What has made Tunisia’s transition from authoritarian government, for all its ups and downs, more successful than those of its Arab neighbors? It will soon be four years since December 17, 2010 when Muhammad Bu Azizi from Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia immolated himself in […]

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A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of ‘What is Veiling?’

A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of ‘What is Veiling?’

[ 0 ] October 13, 2014 |

ISLAMiCommentary editor’s note: There seems to be no end to controversies and misunderstandings surrounding veiling. Here is a Q & A with Islamic studies professor Sahar Amer on her new book “What is Veiling” followed by an op-ed she wrote for the online journal “The Conversation” on debates on veiling in Australia. Amer also did […]

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Joshua Landis on ISIS, Syria & the “Great Sorting Out” in the Middle East

[ 0 ] October 10, 2014 |

via UNIVERSITY OF DENVER CENTER FOR MIDDLE EAST STUDIES (CMES CONVERSATIONS) on OCTOBER 7, 2014:  Danny Postel, Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, in conversation with Joshua Landis, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, former president of the Syrian Studies […]

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Religion Publishing Update Fall 2014: A Scholarly Boom on Islam

[ 0 ] October 10, 2014 |

by MARCIA Z. NELSON and JANA RIESS for PUBLISHERS WEEKLY on OCTOBER 3, 2014:  One rarely uses the term booming in publishing these days, but it’s fair to say that academic publishing about Islam is doing just that. New books are diverse in subject matter and house of origin, as this major religion’s world-shaping influence is […]

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Kecia Ali on ‘The Lives of Muhammad’ (Book Q & A)

Kecia Ali on ‘The Lives of Muhammad’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] October 9, 2014 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 9, 2014:  The life of Prophet Muhammad has inspired the development of a vast body of literature over the centuries. Kecia Ali takes a look at this diverse literature in her new book, The Lives of […]

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What Is the Muslim Comic Book?

What Is the Muslim Comic Book?

[ 0 ] October 9, 2014 |

Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 8, 2014: In 2005, I self-published a black-and-white version of The Lone and Level Sands, my graphic novel (long before it was retouched, colorized, and turned into a hardcover edition from Archaia Entertainment) with artist mpMann on the […]

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