Category: History and Anthropology

WATCH: Frontline — The Rise of ISIS

WATCH: Frontline — The Rise of ISIS

[ 0 ] October 30, 2014 |

via FRONTLINE (PBS) on OCTOBER 28, 2014:  Frontline investigates the miscalculations and mistakes behind the brutal rise of ISIS. WATCH THE DOCUMENTARY HERE  

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Egyptian Campuses and Soccer Emerge as Flashpoint in Resistance to President Al Sisi

Egyptian Campuses and Soccer Emerge as Flashpoint in Resistance to President Al Sisi

[ 0 ] October 29, 2014 |

by JAMES M. DORSEY for THE TURBULENT WORLD OF MIDDLE EAST SOCCER on OCTOBER 28, 2014:  Soccer fans exploiting stadia as contested public space emerged more than three years ago as a key force in anti-government protests that toppled Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and opposition to subsequent military rule. With stadia closed to spectators for […]

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WATCH LIVE Oct. 29 at 12p: Duke’s Robin Kirk Chats with MSF Historian Laurence Binet

WATCH LIVE Oct. 29 at 12p: Duke’s Robin Kirk Chats with MSF Historian Laurence Binet

[ 0 ] October 28, 2014 |

Binet’s research includes primary source evidence of decisions taken by Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) during critical moments such as the Ethiopian famine, Rwanda and Zaire during and after the genocide, Somalia in the early 1990s, Chechnya in the early days of Putin, and others. compiled via FORUM FOR SCHOLARS & PUBLICS on OCTOBER 28, […]

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WATCH: Omid Safi on America, Islam and the Legacy of Dr. King Today

WATCH: Omid Safi on America, Islam and the Legacy of Dr. King Today

[ 0 ] October 28, 2014 |

compiled via DUKE ISLAMIC STUDIES CENTER and the DUKE DIVINITY SCHOOL, OCTOBER 2014: America, Islam, and the Legacy of Dr. King Today Join us on Wednesday Oct 29, 2014 from 7p-8p in Westbrook 16 (or Watch Live Online) for a lecture by Duke Islamic Studies Center Director Omid Safi. The prophetic tradition, led by Martin […]

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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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