Category: History and Anthropology

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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The Political Consciousness of the Selfie (Rebecca Stein, Negar Mottahedeh, Adi Kuntsman)

The Political Consciousness of the Selfie (Rebecca Stein, Negar Mottahedeh, Adi Kuntsman)

[ 0 ] July 28, 2015 |

They’re about more than narcissism; they’re also tools for political self-identification. a Q&A with REBECCA L. STEIN, ADI KUNTSMAN, and NEGAR MOTTAHEDEH via STANFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS BLOG, JULY 2015: In 2013 that silver fox of the lexicographical world, the Oxford English Dictionary, proclaimed that “selfie” was the word of the year and recorded that its […]

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Sinai: War in a Distant Province (by Ellis Goldberg)

[ 0 ] July 22, 2015 |

by ELLIS GOLDBERG for NISRALNASR on JULY 16, 2015:  The July 1 battle in which the Egyptian Armed Forces regained control of a small border town from the self-proclaimed Sinai Province of the Islamic State (formerly known as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis or Supporters of Jerusalem) has heightened fear, anger, and above all self-congratulation among both […]

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Emran el-Badawi on “The Qur’an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions”

Emran el-Badawi on “The Qur’an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions”

[ 0 ] July 22, 2015 |

by MATTHEW LONG for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on JULY 17, 2015:  The Qur’an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions (Routledge, 2013) written by Emran El-Badawi, professor and director of the Arab Studies program at the University of Houston, is a recent addition to the field of research on the Qur’an and Aramaic and Syriac biblical […]

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‘Oldest’ Koran Fragments Found in Birmingham University

‘Oldest’ Koran Fragments Found in Birmingham University

[ 0 ] July 22, 2015 |

by SEAN COUGHLAN for BBC NEWS on JULY 22, 2015:  What may be the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran have been found by the University of Birmingham. Radiocarbon dating found the manuscript to be at least 1,370 years old, making it among the earliest in existence. The pages of the Muslim holy text had […]

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WATCH: A Life Sentence for Hend Nafea

[ 0 ] July 21, 2015 |

by DALIA ALI and LAUREN FEENEY for NEW YORK TIMES VIDEO on JUNE 7, 2015:  Hend Nafea was sentenced to life in prison for protesting against Egypt’s military government. In this piece — filmed a day after the sentencing — she maintains her innocence.

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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 ] July 20, 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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Same-Sex Relationships & the Fluidity of Marriage in Islamic History (by Ali A. Olomi)

Same-Sex Relationships & the Fluidity of Marriage in Islamic History (by Ali A. Olomi)

[ 4 ] July 17, 2015 |

One scholar’s response to Reza Aslan and Hasan Minhaj’s “Open Letter to American Muslims on Same Sex Marriage”  by ALI A. OLOMI for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 17, 2015: Since the legalization of same-sex marriage by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26th 2015, various religious groups have responded to the ruling. Muslim Americans, who themselves […]

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What is a Madrasa? (Ebrahim Moosa Explains)

What is a Madrasa? (Ebrahim Moosa Explains)

[ 0 ] July 13, 2015 |

by SHERALI TAREEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on JULY 3, 2015:  Recent years have witnessed a spate of journalistic and popular writings on the looming threat to civilization that lurks in traditional Islamic seminaries or madrasas that litter the physical and intellectual landscape of the Muslim world. In his riveting new book What […]

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WATCH: Nasser Rabat and Burak Erdim Discuss Medieval Global Cairo

[ 0 ] July 6, 2015 |

via JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER (posted on JUNE 25, 2015):  Nasser Rabbat and Burak Erdim sit down to discuss architecture and the global city. Rabbat is the Aga Khan Professor and the Director of the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Erdim is an Assistant Professor of Architecture in […]

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