Category: History and Anthropology

The Armenian ‘Genocide’ Debate 100 Years On (a compilation of views)

The Armenian ‘Genocide’ Debate 100 Years On (a compilation of views)

[ 0 ] April 24, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 24, 2015:  Here is a compilation of some views on the matter, beginning with a report from the events in Istanbul today as reported in the Turkish paper “Today’s Zaman.” Turks, Armenians Commemorate Armenian ‘Genocide’ in İstanbul by ZEYNEP KARATAŞ for TODAY’S ZAMAN on APRIL 24, […]

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Statement by the U.S. President on Armenian Remembrance Day

Statement by the U.S. President on Armenian Remembrance Day

[ 0 ] April 24, 2015 |

by PRESIDENT OBAMA (WHITE HOUSE STATEMENT) on APRIL 23, 2015:  This year we mark the centennial of the Meds Yeghern, the first mass atrocity of the 20th Century.  Beginning in 1915, the Armenian people of the Ottoman Empire were deported, massacred, and marched to their deaths.  Their culture and heritage in their ancient homeland were […]

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WATCH: Negar Mottahedeh on “An Anatomy of the Islamic Cyborg”

WATCH: Negar Mottahedeh on “An Anatomy of the Islamic Cyborg”

[ 0 ] April 21, 2015 |

via JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER (YOUTUBE) on  APRIL 21, 2015:  Negar Mottahedeh is an Associate Professor in Duke University’s Program in Literature. On April 1, 2015, Professor Mottahedeh presented on the power of social media during the Iranian election crisis of 2009. This was her description of the talk: “Unaccustomed as we are still to […]

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Shana Marshall: The Egyptian Armed Forces and the Remaking of an Economic Empire

[ 0 ] April 16, 2015 |

by SHANA MARSHALL for CARNEGIE MIDDLE EAST CENTER on APRIL 15, 2015:  The Egyptian military has gained unprecedented power since overseeing the ouster of two Egyptian presidents, Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and Mohamed Morsi in 2013. With its major political rivals sidelined, more than $20 billion in Gulf aid, and widespread domestic support for General-Turned-President […]

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LISTEN: Sophia Rose Arjana on “Muslims in the Western Imagination” (New Book)

LISTEN: Sophia Rose Arjana on “Muslims in the Western Imagination” (New Book)

[ 0 ] April 15, 2015 |

by ELLIOTT BAZZANO for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on MARCH 10, 2015: In Muslims in the Western Imagination (Oxford University Press, 2015), Sophia Rose Arjana explores a variety of creative productions—including art, literature, film—in order to tell a story not about how Muslims construct their own identities but rather about how Western thinkers have […]

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Bearing Witness, #IranElection (part 1): Negar Mottahedeh on the Background to “Rosewater”

Bearing Witness, #IranElection (part 1): Negar Mottahedeh on the Background to “Rosewater”

[ 0 ] April 10, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 10, 2015:  Duke University literature professor Negar Mottahedeh set the scene for “Rosewater”  — a feature film about the real-life imprisonment of Canadian-Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari following his coverage of the 2009 Iran elections — at a public screening of the film last month.  Released in November […]

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WATCH: “The Impact of Russia’s Annexation of Crimea on the Central Eurasian Islamic World” (with Charles Weller)

WATCH: “The Impact of Russia’s Annexation of Crimea on the Central Eurasian Islamic World” (with Charles Weller)

[ 0 ] April 10, 2015 |

CHARLES WELLER speaks at the ALWALEED BIN TALAL CENTER FOR MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDING(At GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY) (recorded on March 19, 2015):  Dr. Weller’s talk focused on four main, interrelated dimensions of the impact of the Crimean and Ukrainian Crises on the Central Eurasian Islamic World: (1) The response of the Crimean Tatar community and impact on Russo-Tatar relations within […]

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WATCH: Caste Consciousness Among Muslims in North India and Pakistan (with Sara Singha)

WATCH: Caste Consciousness Among Muslims in North India and Pakistan (with Sara Singha)

[ 0 ] April 9, 2015 |

SARA SINGHA speaks at the ALWALEED BIN TALAL CENTER FOR MUSLIM-CHRISTIAN UNDERSTANDING(at GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY) (recorded on February 25, 2015):  The caste system is the Indian hierarchical classification of people into ranked groups called varnas. There are four varnas in the caste system, Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, and Shudras that are organized by occupation and maintained through endogamy. While […]

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Eliminating Corruption, Shutting Down Boko Haram, & Overhauling the Economy: Can New Nigerian President Gen. Buhari Really Do it ?

Eliminating Corruption, Shutting Down Boko Haram, & Overhauling the Economy: Can New Nigerian President Gen. Buhari Really Do it ?

[ 0 ] April 9, 2015 |

by MURRAY LAST for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 9, 2015: On March 28 General Muhammadu Buhari made history as the first ever opposition candidate in Nigeria to defeat a sitting president through democratic elections. On May 29, 2015 when he takes office, a peaceful transfer of power from Goodluck Jonathan, who ruled Nigeria from 2010 to […]

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