Category: History and Anthropology

WATCH: Shaykh Abdullah Hakim Answers — Do Muslims Celebrate Thanksgiving?

[ 0 ] November 26, 2014 |

by WHY ISLAM on NOVEMBER 17, 2011:  Do Muslims celebrate Thanksgiving? What is the Islamic perspective on this American Holiday? The origin of Thanksgiving and the Native American Muslim roots?  877-Why-Islam Presents Sh. Abdullah Hakim Quick, a renowned scholar and historian, who presents the Islamic perspective on Thanksgiving.  

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WATCH: Susannah Heschel on the Prophetic Life of Abraham Joshua Heschel

[ 0 ] November 26, 2014 |

via DUKE CENTER JEWISH STUDIES on NOVEMBER 24, 2014:  Susannah Heschel (Dartmouth College) discusses her father’s (Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel) legacy as a human rights activist and his archives, which have recently opened here at Duke in the Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library in this lecture from 10/20/2014.

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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 ] November 25, 2014 |

compiled via DUKE ISLAMIC STUDIES CENTER and the DUKE DIVINITY SCHOOL, NOVEMBER 2014: Omid Safi on America, Islam, and the Legacy of Dr. King Today The prophetic tradition, led by Martin Luther King and others, was at the heart of the Civil Rights Movement. What does this tradition have to say to America today, in light […]

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New Volume on “Islam in Nigeria” Tackles Boko Haram Insurgency & Historical and Contemporary Islamic Landscape

New Volume on “Islam in Nigeria” Tackles Boko Haram Insurgency & Historical and Contemporary Islamic Landscape

[ 0 ] November 24, 2014 |

Academic publication introduces readers to the history of Islam in Nigeria, and tackles the Boko Haram insurgency; internal splits of the Salafi movement in Nigeria; dynamics generated by the mobilization for ‘political Sharia’ in the years 2000s; contemporary and varied Islamic movements and trends (Tijaniyya, Salafism, Shiism) that are the protagonists of a constant (and usually non-violent) […]

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LISTEN: Reza Aslan– Islam’s Reformation

[ 0 ] November 24, 2014 |

via WNYC/ON BEING on NOVEMBER 20, 2014:  In a probing and personal conversation, Reza Aslan opens a refreshing window on religion in the world and Islam in particular. It’s a longer view of history and humanity than news cycles invite — certainly when it comes to the Arab Spring, or to ISIS.  

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Bruce Jentleson: Let the ‘Grand Strategy’ Debate Begin

Bruce Jentleson: Let the ‘Grand Strategy’ Debate Begin

[ 0 ] November 20, 2014 |

by BRUCE JENTLESON for THE HILL on NOVEMBER 20, 2014:  Following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet Union, the term du jour was “post-Cold War world.” But this spoke more to what the world wasn’t than what it was. Sept. 11 did its own redefinition with terrorism central, but crowded out so […]

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UCLA Mideast Center Fights Smears

UCLA Mideast Center Fights Smears

[ 0 ] November 17, 2014 |

by JAMES GELVIN for INFORMED COMMENT on NOVEMBER 15, 2014:  Response to criticisms of the G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies The G.E. von Grunebaum Center for Near Eastern Studies (hereafter CNES) of UCLA is one of the oldest such centers in the United States. It is also one of the largest, currently […]

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WATCH: David Schanzer & Tim Nichols on Guantanamo and the Use of Interrogation in US Counterterrorism Efforts

WATCH: David Schanzer & Tim Nichols on Guantanamo and the Use of Interrogation in US Counterterrorism Efforts

[ 0 ] November 14, 2014 |

The above Google Hangout was originally live-streamed on November 14, 2014  via RESPONDING TO 9/11 MOOC (COURSERA/YOUTUBE) on NOVEMBER 14, 2014:  Guest speaker Tim Nichols (visiting professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University) spoke with Duke public policy professor and terrorism expert David Schanzer about the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and the use of interrogation […]

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Genius Denied and Reclaimed: A 40-Year Retrospect on Marshall G.S. Hodgson’s “The Venture of Islam” (by Bruce Lawrence)

Genius Denied and Reclaimed: A 40-Year Retrospect on Marshall G.S. Hodgson’s “The Venture of Islam” (by Bruce Lawrence)

[ 0 ] November 12, 2014 |

Bruce B. Lawrence celebrates Marshall Hodgson’s moral vision by BRUCE LAWRENCE for MARGINALIA (AT LA REVIEW OF BOOKS) on NOVEMBER 11, 2014:  Marshall Hodgson was both a genius and a visionary. While he may have seemed to be just another university professor, at once restless, innovative, and genial, he was also an academic Übermensch with […]

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As Anti-Muslim Sentiment Rises, Scholars Continue to Be Asked the Same Questions

As Anti-Muslim Sentiment Rises, Scholars Continue to Be Asked the Same Questions

[ 0 ] November 11, 2014 |

Is anybody listening?  by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 11, 2014: “Muslims in America and Europe say discrimination against them has seemed more pronounced after the Islamic State terrorists beheaded American and British journalists and aid workers. Hate-filled remarks on social media have also become more prevalent, especially since 9/11, when Facebook and Twitter […]

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