Category: History and Anthropology

Science and Islam (BBC Documentary)

[ 0 ] September 3, 2015 |

via MUSLIM ZEAL/BBC on JULY 1, 2013

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Speaking Truth to Power Is an Islamic Responsibility: Decolonial Thinking in Al-Andalus

Speaking Truth to Power Is an Islamic Responsibility: Decolonial Thinking in Al-Andalus

[ 0 ] August 24, 2015 |

by IMAN SULTAN for ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 24, 2015: Granada is renowned as the last stronghold of Andalusian Muslims before the shadow of the Spanish Inquisition descended on the entire peninsula and drove them out. It is the inspiration of teary poets reminiscing of the bygone Golden Age of the Muslim ummah, and the site […]

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France’s Muslim “Problem” in Postwar Comics

France’s Muslim “Problem” in Postwar Comics

[ 0 ] August 19, 2015 |

CLICK ABOVE IMAGES TO ENLARGE SLIDESHOW Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 19, 2015: According to the French Council for the Muslim Religion, France saw a four-fold increase in anti-Muslim violence and threats in the first half of this year — roughly the period […]

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“Soft Force: Women in Egypt’s Islamic Awakening” (a Conversation with Ellen McLarney)

“Soft Force: Women in Egypt’s Islamic Awakening” (a Conversation with Ellen McLarney)

[ 0 ] August 19, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 20, 2015: “One of the most visible public faces of the 2011 revolution in Egypt was Asmaʾ Mahfouz, a young woman who posted a video blog on Facebook calling for the January 25 protest in Tahrir Square “so that maybe we the country can become free, can […]

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Trita Parsi on the Real Iran — Not Netanyahu’s Caricature

Trita Parsi on the Real Iran — Not Netanyahu’s Caricature

[ 0 ] August 18, 2015 |

by TRITA PARSI for THE (JEWISH DAILY) FORWARD on AUGUST 17, 2015:  Over the course of the past 25 years, the image of Iran presented by the Israeli government has become increasingly simplistic, one-dimensional, void of any nuance — in short, incomplete at best and inaccurate at worst. The Iranian government itself has contributed greatly […]

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American Muslims: A Vibrant History, Misplaced Hatred (by Michael Sliwinski)

[ 0 ] August 3, 2015 |

by MICHAEL SLIWINSKI for LAWSTREET on AUGUST 2, 2015: The United States is a patchwork of cultures so diverse that large groups can often go under the radar unnoticed or unidentified. That is, until a tragedy brings that group to the forefront. American Muslims in particular have repeatedly been branded as terrorists throughout history, most recently after a terrible […]

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New Light on the History of the Quranic Text? (by Joseph E. B. Lumbard)

[ 0 ] August 3, 2015 |

by JOSEPH E.B. LUMBARD for THE HUFFINGTON POST on JULY 24, 2015:  The recent discovery of an early manuscript of the Quran has received extensive media attention, appearing on BBC, CNN and even above the fold on the front page of the New York Times. But in the broader context of recent scholarship on early manuscripts of […]

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WATCH: Omid Safi on Love and Justice in a World of Suffering

WATCH: Omid Safi on Love and Justice in a World of Suffering

[ 0 ] August 3, 2015 |

by OMID SAFI (via CHAUTAUQUA INSTITUTION) on JULY 29, 2015:  (from Dr. Safi’s Facebook page) — Every once in a while you get to give a talk that brings what’s going on inside you and around you together. I was so blessed this past week to give a talk at Chautauqua Institution on a topic […]

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Turkey, the Kurds & the Syrian Conflict (an analysis by Kubilay Arin)

Turkey, the Kurds & the Syrian Conflict (an analysis by Kubilay Arin)

[ 0 ] August 2, 2015 |

by KUBILAY YADO ARIN for ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 2, 2015:  According to the Turkish military, two Turkish soldiers were killed today and 31 wounded in a suicide attack in eastern Turkey near the border with Iran, reported major news outlets. The military blamed Kurdish militants from the PKK for the attack. Last weekend, as Turkish and […]

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The Reed Artist (by Rollo Romig)

[ 0 ] July 30, 2015 |

A writer searches for the king of the ney – an enigmatic and at times endangered flute that has long been a mainstay of Muslim musical traditions. by ROLLO ROMIG for CRAFTSMANSHIP, JULY 2015:  I have no idea when I first heard the sound of the ney. It’s an instrument that everyone’s heard before, even […]

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