Category: History and Anthropology

Top Ten Articles of the Academic Summer (in ISLAMiCommentary)

Top Ten Articles of the Academic Summer (in ISLAMiCommentary)

[ 0 ] August 27, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 27, 2014:  These were the top ten most-accessed original pieces on ISLAMiCommentary this summer. 1.Five Years Since ‘New Muslim Cool’, Hispanic Muslims Growing Segment of US Muslim Religious Culture (by Julie Poucher Harbin, Duke University)  2.Looking Beyond the Safety of the Hate Narrative (by Yakir Englander, Northwestern University) […]

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Kadivar to Explore Iranian Culture, History at Duke and UNC with New Appointment

Kadivar to Explore Iranian Culture, History at Duke and UNC with New Appointment

[ 0 ] August 25, 2014 |

by ERIC FERRERI for DUKE TODAY on AUGUST 25, 2014:  Since he began working at Duke, Mohsen Kadivar has worked closely with faculty and students both on campus and down the road a bit at UNC-Chapel Hill. Both campuses boast small but well-regarded religious studies departments. When Kadivar joined Duke as a visiting professor in […]

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The Military Diminishment of Judaism (by Shalom Goldman)

The Military Diminishment of Judaism (by Shalom Goldman)

[ 1 ] August 25, 2014 |

In our time, Judaism, in all of its magnificent complexity and subtlety, has been reduced to supporting “team Israel” — whatever its policies or methods. by SHALOM GOLDMAN for PATHEOS on AUGUST 20, 2014:  Yes, American Jews, according to the 2013 Pew study, retain a strong sense of distinct identity, despite their distancing themselves from […]

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WATCH: “Following the Peacock” (an Anthropological Documentary on the Yezidis)

[ 0 ] August 25, 2014 |

by Eszter Spät (with Central European University), filmed in 2011/released 2013:  This anthropological documentary introduces the Yezidis, a little-known religious minority of Northern Iraq, and follows the tour of their most sacred object, the Standard of the Peacock, through the settlements of Sinjar Mountain, where the traditional way of life and customs are undergoing a fast change, due to the […]

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5 Questions by Which to Judge Obama’s Decision to Return US Forces to Combat (Peter Feaver)

5 Questions by Which to Judge Obama’s Decision to Return US Forces to Combat (Peter Feaver)

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014 |

by PETER FEAVER for FOREIGN POLICY on AUGUST 19, 2014:  President Barack Obama took a big gamble in recommitting U.S. forces into combat in Iraq’s civil war. I think he made the right choice, and so do the American people (so far). Despite being told over and over again by pundits that they must oppose […]

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Don’t BS the American People About Iraq, Syria, and ISIL (Brian Fishman)

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014 |

by BRIAN FISHMAN for WAR ON THE ROCKS on AUGUST 20, 2014:  The apparent beheading of American journalist James Foley by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a stark reminder of the group’s terrible brutality and the seriousness required to counter them. Unfortunately, much of the political discourse about the Islamic […]

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WATCH: Carl Ernst on Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World

WATCH: Carl Ernst on Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World

[ 0 ] August 19, 2014 |

via YOUTUBE, MAY 7, 2014:  UNC-Chapel Hill Islamic Studies Professor Carl W. Ernst gave a talk this past Spring (May 7, 2014) called “Rethinking Islam in the Contemporary World” at the International Council for Middle East Studies in Washington DC. It was the First Annual Ibrahim Abu-Rabi’ Commemorative Lecture of the International Council For Middle East Studies. […]

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What Happened to the Arab Peace Proposal?

What Happened to the Arab Peace Proposal?

[ 0 ] August 19, 2014 |

by MADDIE ULANOW for NEW VOICES: NEWS AND VIEWS OF CAMPUS JEWS on AUGUST 13, 2014:  By the early 2000’s, the false promises of the Oslo Accords were becoming clear. The peace process was crumbling, and by 2001 the Second Intifada was in full swing. The situation was not all that different from what we […]

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Jihadism in Central Asia: A Credible Threat After the Western Withdrawal From Afghanistan?

[ 0 ] August 18, 2014 |

by BAYRAM BALCI and DIDIER CHAUDET for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE on AUGUST 13, 2014:  The states of Central Asia—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan—are closely watching the political situation in Afghanistan, a neighbor with whom three of them share a border. This situation concerns them very deeply. Central Asian governments view with alarm and […]

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USIP Offers Strategic Peacebuilding Course (online)

[ 0 ] August 18, 2014 |

via UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE, SUMMER/FALL 2014:  This course seeks to equip learners with the ability to build and utilize a more comprehensive and strategic approach to constructing a just peace. (October 6 – November 2) Instructor: George Lopez, Vice President of the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute […]

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