Category: Islamic Theology & Law

PEW: Muslims Among the Most Racially Diverse Religious Groups in the U.S.

PEW: Muslims Among the Most Racially Diverse Religious Groups in the U.S.

[ 0 ] July 28, 2015 |

via PEW RESEARCH CENTER on JULY 27, 2015: 

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WATCH: Alaa Murabit on “What Islam Really Says About Women”

[ 0 ] July 28, 2015 |

by ALAA MURABIT and TED TALKS in MAY 2015 (published on JULY 21, 2015):  Alaa Murabit’s family moved from Canada to Libya when she was 15. Before, she’d felt equal to her brothers, but in this new environment she sensed big prohibitions on what she could accomplish. As a proud Muslim woman, she wondered: was […]

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“Exploring my Religious Identity” (Turkish-American Duke Student Feels Culture Clash in Istanbul)

“Exploring my Religious Identity” (Turkish-American Duke Student Feels Culture Clash in Istanbul)

[ 0 ] July 27, 2015 |

by NUR CARDAKLI for DUKE IN TURKEY 2015 on JULY 24, 2015:   As a whole, the city of Istanbul is heralded as being very urban and modern, but one of the things that struck me as most surprising during my time in Turkey is the distinct atmosphere in each of the neighborhoods. Some districts, like […]

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WATCH: Why My Own Father Would Have Let IS Kill Me (via BBC)

[ 0 ] July 23, 2015 |

via BBC NEWS on JULY 23, 2015:  The group that calls itself Islamic State (IS or Isis) has a special punishment for gay people – it kills them by throwing them off high buildings. Taim, a 24-year-old medical student, tells the story of how he only escaped this fate by fleeing from Iraq to Lebanon. […]

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LISTEN: Why Islam Is on the Rise (Ani Zonneveld and Omid Safi Interviewed)

LISTEN: Why Islam Is on the Rise (Ani Zonneveld and Omid Safi Interviewed)

[ 0 ] July 23, 2015 |

by KERRI MILLER for MPR NEWS on JULY 23, 2015:  GUESTS: Ani Zonneveld: Founder and president of Muslims for Progressive Values Omid Safi: Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center By 2050, the number of Muslims will nearly equal the number of Christians in the world, according to The Pew Research Center. In the United States, […]

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Emran el-Badawi on “The Qur’an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions”

Emran el-Badawi on “The Qur’an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions”

[ 0 ] July 22, 2015 |

by MATTHEW LONG for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on JULY 17, 2015:  The Qur’an and the Aramaic Gospel Traditions (Routledge, 2013) written by Emran El-Badawi, professor and director of the Arab Studies program at the University of Houston, is a recent addition to the field of research on the Qur’an and Aramaic and Syriac biblical […]

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‘Oldest’ Koran Fragments Found in Birmingham University

‘Oldest’ Koran Fragments Found in Birmingham University

[ 0 ] July 22, 2015 |

by SEAN COUGHLAN for BBC NEWS on JULY 22, 2015:  What may be the world’s oldest fragments of the Koran have been found by the University of Birmingham. Radiocarbon dating found the manuscript to be at least 1,370 years old, making it among the earliest in existence. The pages of the Muslim holy text had […]

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Acknowledging the Gifts and Talents of Women (by Omid Safi for On Being)

Acknowledging the Gifts and Talents of Women (by Omid Safi for On Being)

[ 0 ] July 20, 2015 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on JULY 16, 2015:  EXCERPT: All this dwelling on the Women’s World Cup and Serena Williams, thinking about how far we have come and yet how much more we have to go, has me thinking also about religious and spiritual leadership. I’m thinking of my own Muslim community. In […]

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“Soft Force: Women in Egypt’s Islamic Awakening” (a Conversation with Ellen McLarney)

“Soft Force: Women in Egypt’s Islamic Awakening” (a Conversation with Ellen McLarney)

[ 0 ] July 20, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 20, 2015: “One of the most visible public faces of the 2011 revolution in Egypt was Asmaʾ Mahfouz, a young woman who posted a video blog on Facebook calling for the January 25 protest in Tahrir Square “so that maybe we the country can become free, can […]

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Eid Mubarak!

Eid Mubarak!

[ 0 ] July 17, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 17, 2015:  ISLAMiCommentary would like to wish all who are celebrating — Eid Mubarak! The Muslim community in America and around the world have been observing the month-long fast of Ramadan. The end of Ramadan is being marked at this time by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” […]

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