Category: Human Rights & Gender

Omid Safi: Love and Justice in an Age of Empire; American Muslims, America and the Civil Rights Movement

Omid Safi: Love and Justice in an Age of Empire; American Muslims, America and the Civil Rights Movement

[ 0 ] October 20, 2014 |

via AICUSA (AMERICAN ISLAMIC COLLEGE) on OCTOBER 14, 2014:  Dr. Omid Safi delivered this lecture at the American Islamic College on October 7, 2014: “Love and Justice in an Age of Empire: American Muslims, America, and the Civil Rights Movement” Safi is Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center. (Dr. Safi starts speaking at 01:11) […]

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Big Expectations, Human Rights Challenges Ahead for Indonesia’s New President

Big Expectations, Human Rights Challenges Ahead for Indonesia’s New President

[ 2 ] October 17, 2014 |

So much for ‘Invisible’ Indonesia: Joko Widodo will be inaugurated as the new president of Indonesia on October 20, carrying with him the hopes of his nation and the world.  (Above) Indonesian journalist/human rights activist Ahmady speaks with UNC-Chapel Hill geography professor Christian Lentz about the latest developments in Indonesia. by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary […]

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Gays & Lesbians, Muslims, Top List of Groups Perceived by Americans to Face ‘A Lot of Discrimination’

Gays & Lesbians, Muslims, Top List of Groups Perceived by Americans to Face ‘A Lot of Discrimination’

[ 0 ] October 13, 2014 |

via PEW RESEARCH CENTER (“Public Sees Religion’s Influence Waning”) on SEPTEMBER 22, 2014:  EXCERPT: Nearly six-in-ten Americans (59%) say they think Muslims face a lot of discrimination in the U.S. today. Far fewer think other religious groups – including Jews (32%), evangelical Christians (31%), atheists (27%) and Catholics (19%) – face a lot of discrimination. […]

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A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of ‘What is Veiling?’

A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of ‘What is Veiling?’

[ 0 ] October 13, 2014 |

ISLAMiCommentary editor’s note: There seems to be no end to controversies and misunderstandings surrounding veiling. Here is a Q & A with Islamic studies professor Sahar Amer on her new book “What is Veiling” followed by an op-ed she wrote for the online journal “The Conversation” on debates on veiling in Australia. Amer also did […]

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Religion Publishing Update Fall 2014: A Scholarly Boom on Islam

[ 0 ] October 10, 2014 |

by MARCIA Z. NELSON and JANA RIESS for PUBLISHERS WEEKLY on OCTOBER 3, 2014:  One rarely uses the term booming in publishing these days, but it’s fair to say that academic publishing about Islam is doing just that. New books are diverse in subject matter and house of origin, as this major religion’s world-shaping influence is […]

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Kecia Ali on ‘The Lives of Muhammad’ (Book Q & A)

Kecia Ali on ‘The Lives of Muhammad’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] October 9, 2014 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 9, 2014:  The life of Prophet Muhammad has inspired the development of a vast body of literature over the centuries. Kecia Ali takes a look at this diverse literature in her new book, The Lives of […]

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“Dark Times” in Azerbaijan (HRW)

[ 0 ] October 8, 2014 |

by VERONKIA SZENTE GOLDSTON for POLICY REVIEW/HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH on OCTOBER 7, 2014:  It is time for Azerbaijan’s international partners to draw a red line. The European Parliament and the Council of Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly have both spoken out and urged Baku to end the ongoing crackdown and release all those wrongfully imprisoned. Now it’s […]

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Is All Morality Gone? Condemning ISIS, and Beyond, in a World of Suffering (by Omid Safi)

Is All Morality Gone? Condemning ISIS, and Beyond, in a World of Suffering (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] October 6, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on OCTOBER 6, 2014:  Where do we stand with respect to suffering? What do we have to say when hatred and violence finds a ready audience in global images, and love and tenderness are exiled to a private realm? What does it mean to be rooted in a prophetic […]

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Aisha: Mother of the Faithful

Aisha: Mother of the Faithful

[ 0 ] October 3, 2014 |

Muhammad grieved Khadija deeply, but he did not remain unmarried for long. A matchmaker approached him and offered to find him a new wife. Did he want a woman who had been previously married or one who never had? She had in mind Sawda, fairly recently widowed, or Aisha, daughter of his intimate friend and […]

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‘Our Grief, Trauma, Anger Will Not Make Us Abandon Our Humanity,’ Abbas Tells UN

‘Our Grief, Trauma, Anger Will Not Make Us Abandon Our Humanity,’ Abbas Tells UN

[ 0 ] September 30, 2014 |

via UN NEWS CENTRE on SEPTEMBER 26, 2014:  26 September 2014 – Addressing the General Assembly this morning, President of the State of Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas noted that he had embarked on a recently launched round of negotiations in good faith and with an open mind, strongly determined to reach a peace accord within nine […]

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