Category: Human Rights & Gender

How to be a Woman in Tehran (by Habibe Jafarian)

[ 0 ] March 23, 2015 |

“The harder path means reporting from here (rather than reporting about Tehran from London or Washington); it means intimately knowing Tehran’s back alleys and countless addicts, its impossible traffic, its unbearable pollution, its corruptions, its day-to-day humiliations. For all of this, I feel I should be respected and not pitied, because what I do for a […]

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WATCH: Maytha AlHassen on Malcolm X, #BlackLivesMatter & the Middle East

WATCH: Maytha AlHassen on Malcolm X, #BlackLivesMatter & the Middle East

[ 0 ] March 20, 2015 |

This video was produced by Julie Poucher Harbin of ISLAMiCommentary and Catherine Angst of the John Hope Franklin Center as part of the ISLAMiCommentary Field Reports series. by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 20, 2015:  I interviewed Maytha Alhassen, a University of Southern California (USC) Provost Ph.D. Fellow in American Studies and Ethnicity […]

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Facing Down Anti-Muslim Bigotry Through Faith in America (by David Schanzer)

Facing Down Anti-Muslim Bigotry Through Faith in America (by David Schanzer)

[ 3 ] March 16, 2015 |

Duke professor David Schanzer has shared with ISLAMiCommentary, below, his prepared remarks to the Islamic Association of Raleigh (NC) this weekend during their annual open house “Welcome to my Mosque. ” The open house was presented as “an opportunity for  friends and neighbors from other faiths to know about Islam.” Schanzer was invited to speak on Islamophobia. About 200 people were […]

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Negar Mottahedeh & Phil Bennett Screen Jon Stewart’s Iran Movie “Rosewater” Mar. 17

Negar Mottahedeh & Phil Bennett Screen Jon Stewart’s Iran Movie “Rosewater” Mar. 17

[ 0 ] March 11, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary for DUKE TODAY/ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 11, 2015: DURHAM, NC – Film theorist Negar Mottahedeh and journalist Phil Bennett, both Duke University professors, will hold a public Q & A on Tuesday, March 17, following a 7 p.m. screening of “Rosewater” at the Griffith Film Theater. The directorial debut of […]

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The Real Story Is Not That Someone Slept With Muslim Women (by Zeena Mubarak)

The Real Story Is Not That Someone Slept With Muslim Women (by Zeena Mubarak)

[ 0 ] March 9, 2015 |

“There is something exploitative in the way the Huffington Post reported the story. They chose to make the story salacious; they were promising their readers that they would get to read about something taboo and hot: Muslim women having sex. It is part of the larger problem of the fetishization of Muslim women.” — Zeena […]

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Detaining the President’s Daughter (in Uzbekistan)

[ 0 ] March 9, 2015 |

A year on from her disappearance from public life, what does the treatment of Gulnara Karimova reveal about Uzbekistan’s rights crisis? by ANDREW STROEHLEIN and STEVE SWERDLOW for OPEN DEMOCRACY on FEBRUARY 27, 2015: A year ago, the daughter of Uzbekistan’s authoritarian president disappeared from public life. Arrested under corruption allegations in February 2014 and apparently detained […]

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Choosing the Hijab (at Columbia University)

[ 0 ] March 8, 2015 |

by DEVIKA KAPADIA for COLUMBIA SPECTATOR/THE EYE on MARCH 4, 2015: Diversity is a word so perfectly mild that it was probably created especially for admissions brochures. According to Columbia’s “Diversity” section on its admissions website, “Columbia is committed to creating and supporting a community diverse in every way: race, ethnicity, geography, religion, academic and extracurricular interest, family […]

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LISTEN: Cabeiri Robinson on “Refugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists”

LISTEN: Cabeiri Robinson on “Refugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists”

[ 0 ] March 8, 2015 |

by SHERALI TAREEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on FEBRUARY 19, 2015:  The idea of jihad is among the most keenly discussed yet one of the least understood concepts in Islam. In her brilliant new book Body of Victim, Body of Warrior: Refugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists (University of California Press, […]

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WATCH NOW: Women Preventing Violent Extremism: Charting a New Course (USIP)

[ 0 ] March 6, 2015 |

via US INSTITUTE OF PEACE on MARCH 6, 2015:  In celebration of International Women’s Day, the U.S. Institute of Peace invites you to meet 12 women civil society leaders from India, Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and Tanzania on Friday, March 6. The discussion will focus on lessons learned in their work of preventing violent extremism […]

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Not Guilty, but Responsible: A Turkish Scholar Researches the Armenian Genocide

Not Guilty, but Responsible: A Turkish Scholar Researches the Armenian Genocide

[ 0 ] March 6, 2015 |

by WILLIAM FOREMAN for GLOBAL MICHIGAN (UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN) on MARCH 2, 2015:  ANN ARBOR—When Fatma Muge Gocek came to the U.S. for graduate school, she was introduced to a student who was Armenian. He smiled and asked where she was from. When Gocek said, “Turkey,” the grin disappeared and his face became full of […]

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