Category: History and Anthropology

Mixed Reaction to PM Netanyahu’s Address to Joint Meeting of Congress (WATCH)

Mixed Reaction to PM Netanyahu’s Address to Joint Meeting of Congress (WATCH)

[ 0 ] March 4, 2015 |

via C-SPAN on MARCH 3, 2015: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint meeting of Congress, in which he outlined his opposition to a possible deal with Iran over its nuclear program. The prime minister’s speech was controversial because Republican congressional leaders invited him without the involvement of the Obama administration. At least 50 Democratic […]

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Mixed Reaction to PM Netanyahu’s Address to Joint Meeting of Congress (WATCH)

Mixed Reaction to PM Netanyahu’s Address to Joint Meeting of Congress (WATCH)

[ 0 ] March 4, 2015 |

via C-SPAN on MARCH 3, 2015: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed a joint meeting of Congress, in which he outlined his opposition to a possible deal with Iran over its nuclear program. The prime minister’s speech was controversial because Republican congressional leaders invited him without the involvement of the Obama administration. At least 50 Democratic […]

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WATCH: “What is Sacred Space?” A Multi-Faith Discussion at the Duke Chapel

WATCH: “What is Sacred Space?” A Multi-Faith Discussion at the Duke Chapel

[ 0 ] February 26, 2015 |

via DUKE CHAPEL on FEBRUARY 25, 2015:  Sacred space is central in the practices of many faith traditions. A Duke Chapel “Bridge Panel” explored the topic with Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders. The panelists included: Dr. Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at the Duke Divinity School; Dr. Omid […]

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What ISIS Really Is: Sham Muslims, real criminals (by Bruce Lawrence, RNS)

What ISIS Really Is: Sham Muslims, real criminals (by Bruce Lawrence, RNS)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by BRUCE LAWRENCE for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on FEBRUARY 25, 2015:  (RNS) Less than six months ago, few outside the Middle East knew much about a group called ISIS or ISIL or the Islamic State. It was not till mid-June that its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaimed himself the caliph, and ISIS the territory he […]

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Suleyman Shah’s Tomb Exhumed, Mausoleum Pre-emptively Destroyed, Syrian Territory Annexed by Turkey?

Suleyman Shah’s Tomb Exhumed, Mausoleum Pre-emptively Destroyed, Syrian Territory Annexed by Turkey?

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by SAM HARDY for CONFLICT ANTIQUITIES (BLOG) on FEBRUARY 23, 2015:  It’s difficult to headline or even strapline the story of these events, but Turkey has extracted sarcophagi and other artefacts from a Turkish exclave that is surrounded by Islamic State-held Syrian territory, and apparently deliberately destroyed the mausoleum that housed the tombs. What, you might […]

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Scholars Reflect on the “Legacy of Malcolm X” (Part 2)

Scholars Reflect on the “Legacy of Malcolm X” (Part 2)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on FEBRUARY 23, 2015 *Updated February 25 with Forum for Scholars & Publics video:  February 21, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of one of the most iconic leaders of the 20th century, Malcolm X El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. This weekend his life and legacy got widespread media attention. […]

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Ellen McLarney: Why Arab Spring Made Life Better in Tunisia, Failed Everywhere Else

Ellen McLarney: Why Arab Spring Made Life Better in Tunisia, Failed Everywhere Else

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by ELLEN MCLARNEY for REUTERS on FEBRUARY 18, 2015:  Earlier this month, Tunisia’s newly elected parliament cobbled together a coalition government led by a secular party that included its Islamist rivals, who had been democratically ousted from power. The new government, coming on the heels of a historic presidential election, a new constitution and the […]

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WATCH: A Special 50th Anniv. Commemoration of the Assassination of Malcolm X

WATCH: A Special 50th Anniv. Commemoration of the Assassination of Malcolm X

[ 0 ] February 24, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 24, 2015:  Today’s featured video is a live stream recording of a conference on Malcolm X held on February 21, 2015 in New York titled “A Special 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Assassination of Malcolm X.” Below is the poster describing the event, speakers, and sponsors.

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Sacrificing Humans (by Ellis Goldberg for Nisralnasr and Jadaliyya)

[ 0 ] February 24, 2015 |

by ELLIS GOLDBERG for NISRALNASR and JADALIYYA on FEBRUARY 23, 2015:  In recent months, to general horror, the Islamic State (in Iraq and Syria) has carried out many beheadings and one immolation.  So, too, have others loosely or closely affiliated with it, most recently of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya.  These events have provoked significant […]

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Today’s Top 7 Myths About Daesh (by Juan Cole for Informed Comment)

Today’s Top 7 Myths About Daesh (by Juan Cole for Informed Comment)

[ 0 ] February 24, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on FEBRUARY 17, 2015*Updated on February 24, 2015 w/new related pieces:  The self-styled ‘Islamic State’ Group (ISIS or ISIL), the Arabic acronym for which is Daesh, is increasingly haunting the nightmares of Western journalists and security analysts. I keep seeing some assertions about it that strike me as exaggerated […]

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