Category: Islamic Theology & Law

LISTEN: After Killing Of 38 Tourists, Tunisia Cracks Down On Islamists (via Alice Fordham, NPR)

[ 0 ] June 29, 2015 |

“If they (young Tunisians) feel society doesn’t accept them, they might think it’s fine to harm society”  by ALICE FORDHAM for NPR NEWS on JUNE 29, 2015:  Officials in Tunisia ordered some mosques closed and banned some fringe Islamist political parties. Some Tunisians fear the government is going too far by limiting personal and religious liberties. LISTEN […]

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President Obama Hosts WH Iftar: “We are all one family”

President Obama Hosts WH Iftar: “We are all one family”

[ 0 ] June 26, 2015 |

Guests included 3 members of Congress, 42 diplomats from Muslim nations, and prominent members of the American Muslim community  compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 22, 2015:  Here are a selection of Tweets from tonight’s iftar hosted by President Obama at the White House: Obama hosts Iftar dinner to mark Ramadan — and reach […]

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The Opportunity Costs of Islamophobia: The Missionary-State Alliance against Volga-Ural Muslim Activism in the Late Russian Empire (Book Essay)

The Opportunity Costs of Islamophobia: The Missionary-State Alliance against Volga-Ural Muslim Activism in the Late Russian Empire (Book Essay)

[ 0 ] June 26, 2015 |

    EDITOR’S NOTE: In a previous piece, Mustafa Tuna, Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor of Russian and Central Eurasian History and Culture at Duke, discussed his new book “Imperial Russia’s Muslims: Empire, Islam, and European Modernity 1788-1914″ (Cambridge University Press, June 2015) with ISLAMiCommentary — carrying his insights about the opportunity costs of Islamophobia […]

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WATCH: Imam Suhaib Webb Reckons with White Privilege

[ 0 ] June 24, 2015 |

by IMAM SUHAIB WEBB on JUNE 22, 2015:  Spiritual and social agitators storm the comforts of our lives, reminding us of who we are. At the age of 13, Malcolm X crashed into mine, forcing me to ask some serious questions about my color, my future and my commitment to a better world. Added, was […]

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WATCH: Mustafa Akyol on Faith Vs. Tradition in Islam (TED Talk archives)

WATCH: Mustafa Akyol on Faith Vs. Tradition in Islam (TED Talk archives)

[ 0 ] June 22, 2015 |

via TED on MARCH 2011:  Journalist Mustafa Akyol talks about the way that some local cultural practices (such as the seclusion of women) have become linked, in the popular mind, to the articles of faith of Islam. Has the world’s general idea of the Islamic faith focused too much on tradition, and not enough on […]

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WATCH: Video Reveals Life Under ISIS regime in Mosul (BBC News)

[ 0 ] June 10, 2015 |

via BBC NEWS on JUNE 9, 2015:  Exclusive footage obtained by the BBC’s Ghadi Sary from inside Mosul reveals how IS controls its population through intimidation and punishment. The fall of Iraq’s second-biggest city was part of the brutal, extremist group’s rapid advance across the country, marking a huge setback for the Iraqi government and […]

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Omid Safi: What If We Prayed Inside the Ka’ba of the Heart?

Omid Safi: What If We Prayed Inside the Ka’ba of the Heart?

[ 0 ] June 4, 2015 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on JUNE 4, 2015:  A few days ago, a blog post went viral among Muslims. It is a simple post, containing pictures from the rarely photographed inside of the Ka‘ba, the House of God in Mecca. The comments ranged from sheer awe to tears at finally seeing the inside of […]

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Iranian Cartoonist Atena Farghadani Sentenced to 12 years

Iranian Cartoonist Atena Farghadani Sentenced to 12 years

[ 0 ] June 4, 2015 |

Atena Farghadani was released from prison in November but rearrested in January, after she made a YouTube video (above) describing her mistreatment. Following the second arrest, she went on hunger strike and suffered a heart attack; she has since been moved to a detention center and has ended her hunger strike. by BRIGID ALVERSON for […]

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WATCH: Omid Safi on “Kenan Rifai: Bringing Mawlana Rumi to the 20th Century”

WATCH: Omid Safi on “Kenan Rifai: Bringing Mawlana Rumi to the 20th Century”

[ 0 ] June 2, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary and Door of Mercy International Kenan Rifai Symposium (Session 3 streamed live) on May 30, 2015:  Director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center Omid Safi gave a talk over the weekend in Turkey on “how the teachings of the path of love have been adapted for the 20th and 21st centuries , with […]

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Ramadan Guide to Social Media Fasting (by Omar Usman)

[ 0 ] June 2, 2015 |

by OMAR USMAN for FiqhOfSocial.Media:  Every Ramadan we make goals oriented around improving ourselves and getting to the next level. There are two ways we go about this – either through increase or through decrease. We work to develop habits by increasing how much we pray, attend the masjid, read Qur’an, make dua, spend time […]

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