Category: Islamic Theology & Law

Omid Safi: The Power of a Glance (for On Being)

Omid Safi: The Power of a Glance (for On Being)

[ 0 ] May 22, 2015 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on MAY 22, 2015:  The Cappadocia region of Turkey looks like the landscape of the Flintstones. Something ethereal, something lunar, and somewhat otherworldly. There’s everything from natural hikes to hot air balloons to one of the oldest Christian monastic communities in the world. UNESCO has designated the collection of […]

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Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Sentenced to Death, Pending Mufti Review

Former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Sentenced to Death, Pending Mufti Review

[ 0 ] May 18, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 17, 2015:  Here’s a short compilation of analyses/reactions to the news that former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to death, pending review by the Grand Mufti:   Morsi sentenced to death for prison break and espionage pending Mufti’s recommendation (Mada Masr, May 16, 2015) EXCERPT: Cairo Criminal […]

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Carla Power on an Unlikely Friendship & Journey to the Heart of the Quran (Book Q & A)

Carla Power on an Unlikely Friendship & Journey to the Heart of the Quran (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] May 15, 2015 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 15, 2015: Great journalists invite us to be companions with them on their journeys to extraordinary places. Carla Power offers such an invitation in her new book, If the Oceans Were Ink: An Unlikely Friendship and a Journey […]

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We Have But One Direction (Omid Safi for On Being)

We Have But One Direction (Omid Safi for On Being)

[ 0 ] May 14, 2015 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on MAY 14, 2015:  My daughter’s favorite Muslim is not the Prophet. Malcolm X? Nope. Rumi? Not quite. Muhammad Ali? Alas. It is… it was… Zayn Malik. Formerly from One Direction. Or 1D, as the cool kids call it. This posed a somewhat serious problem for an anti-consumerist soul […]

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Miriam Lowy: The Lessons Algeria Can Teach Today’s Middle East

[ 0 ] May 11, 2015 |

Algeria is no stranger to the death, destruction and despair rocking the region, and its experience can provide some guidance to decision-makers and strategists alike. by MIRIAM R. LOWI for AL-ARABY on APRIL 22, 2015:  EXCERPT: Lessons of the past What can we learn from the Algerian experience? 1. Elections, just like political transitions, once accepted […]

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Back to the Future: Duke Historian Martin Miller’s Take on Modern Terrorism

Back to the Future: Duke Historian Martin Miller’s Take on Modern Terrorism

[ 0 ] May 8, 2015 |

by MICHAEL FRANK for CHICAGO POLICY REVIEW on MAY 6, 2015:  Dr. Martin Miller is a Professor of History at Duke University. In his recent book, The Foundations of Modern Terrorism: State, Society and the Dynamics of Political Violence he examines the history of terrorism, integrating the violence of governments and insurgencies, and considers why terrorism […]

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The Jihad of Pamela Geller (by Bruce Lawrence)

The Jihad of Pamela Geller (by Bruce Lawrence)

[ 0 ] May 6, 2015 |

by BRUCE LAWRENCE for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on MAY 6, 2015:  Can poetry be an antidote to poison? Can it provide an alternative to the jihad of Pamela Geller? A life without His love is nothing but slow death. The sum total of love is but three words: I-burn, I-burn, I-burn. These verses come from the […]

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PRRI: US Muslims More Supportive of Same-Sex Marriage than White Evangelical Christians

PRRI: US Muslims More Supportive of Same-Sex Marriage than White Evangelical Christians

[ 0 ] April 24, 2015 |

42 % of US Muslims Favor or Strongly Favor Same-Sex Marriage; White Evangelical Protestants — 28% The most supportive major religious groups are Buddhists (84 percent), Jews (77 percent), and Americans who select “Other religion” (75 percent); additionally, more than three-quarters (77 percent) of the religiously unaffiliated also support same-sex marriage.  by ROBERT P. JONES, […]

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LISTEN: How Jihadis Recruit in America (Schanzer, Greenberg, Levin on MPR)

LISTEN: How Jihadis Recruit in America (Schanzer, Greenberg, Levin on MPR)

[ 0 ] April 24, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary via MINNESOTA PUBLIC RADIO/MRP NEWS WITH KERRI MILLER on APRIL 22, 2015:  On Sunday, six men were arrested in Minnesota and California on federal terrorism charges. They are accused of conspiring to travel to join ISIS in Syria–and the arrests are the result of a lengthy FBI surveillance […]

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Can Moroccan Government Purge Extremism From Islam? (via US News & World Report)

Can Moroccan Government Purge Extremism From Islam? (via US News & World Report)

[ 0 ] April 24, 2015 |

The African nation of Morocco is fighting ISIS and the Houthis abroad while trying to brand a counterinsurgency plan at home. “(Duke University political science professor) Abdeslam Maghraoui considers Morocco’s attempts to reform domestic religion against extremism as inherently flawed: Terrorists rarely operate openly in public mosques like those Morocco is trying to regulate, and […]

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