Category: Islamic Theology & Law

Cassandra’s Curse: No True Allies for Egyptian Women

[ 0 ] April 11, 2014 |

by NESREEN SALEM for TAHRIR INSTITUTE FOR MIDDLE EAST POLICY on MARCH 28, 2014:  Cassandra, the legendary princess of Troy whose name meant “she who entangles men,” was a beautiful woman. So beautiful was she, in fact, that the Greek god Apollo wanted her for himself. In order to seduce her, he granted her the gift […]

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Omid Safi: The 9/11 Memorial Museum at World Trade Center legitimizing claims of Al-Qaeda?

Omid Safi: The 9/11 Memorial Museum at World Trade Center legitimizing claims of Al-Qaeda?

[ 0 ] April 9, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE  on APRIL 7, 2014:  The September 11 Memorial Museum at the World Trade Center site is scheduled to open on May 21.   Given the trauma of the 9/11 attacks, and the trauma brought on the world by the response of the United States, the Memorial Museum is bound to be […]

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Inside Egypt: Debate on Proposed Amendments Egypt’s Anti-Terrorism Law

[ 0 ] April 8, 2014 |

via INSIDE EGYPT, AL JAZEERA, HOSTED BY MIKE HANNA on APRIL 6, 2014:  Professor Sahar Aziz, Dr. Sarah Eltantawi, and Dr. Mohamed Alshaal discuss the political and legal implications of the proposed amendments to Egypt’s anti-terrorism law.  

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India’s Elections and the Muslim Vote

India’s Elections and the Muslim Vote

[ 0 ] April 6, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on APRIL 6, 2014: Indians start voting in the world’s biggest ever election on Monday, April 7, with Hindu hardliner Narendra Modi, a frontrunner for premier who has promised to revive the economy. AFP reports that Modi “accused India’s ruling Congress party on the eve of the vote […]

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US State Department Releases Digital Publication on ‘American Muslims’

US State Department Releases Digital Publication on ‘American Muslims’

[ 0 ] April 3, 2014 |

via US STATE DEPARTMENT on APRIL 1, 2014:  The US State Department released it’s 2014 digital publication “American Muslims” on April 1, 2014. BY CATEGORY: English  عربي  DOWNLOAD: PDF Here are individual links to its contents below: Who Are American Muslims? Unity Through Diversity: The American Identity Islam and the United States Muslim Immigration American Muslims: Diverse, Valued, Vital […]

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A Snapshot of Multi-Cultural France, 125 Years Since the Eiffel Tower Welcomed the World to Paris

A Snapshot of Multi-Cultural France, 125 Years Since the Eiffel Tower Welcomed the World to Paris

[ 0 ] March 31, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on MARCH 31, 2014:  The Eiffel Tower, an icon of France turns 125 today. Designed by Gustave Eiffel to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the French Revolution, it became the symbol of the World’s Fair in Paris that year. France and the world are, of course, much changed since 1889. […]

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‘Egypt’s Miscarriage of Justice’ & Other Headlines on Egypt This Week

‘Egypt’s Miscarriage of Justice’ & Other Headlines on Egypt This Week

[ 0 ] March 26, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on MARCH 26, 2014:  Egypt’s Miscarraige of Justice (by New York Times Editorial Board, March 24, 2014) EXCERPT: “Egypt has been on an alarming downward spiral ever since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Even so, the court verdict on Monday that condemned 529 Islamists to death for the killing […]

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Omid Safi on Confronting the Challenges of Racism, Materialism and Militarism in America the Empire

Omid Safi on Confronting the Challenges of Racism, Materialism and Militarism in America the Empire

[ 0 ] March 25, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 26, 2014:   UNC Chapel Hill Islamic Studies Professor Omid Safi recently gave a TEDx UNC talk on “how the prophetic religious tradition offers us guidance in confronting the challenges of racism, materialism, and militarism in today’s reality of America the Empire.” Safi said, “It offers a […]

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Jamillah Karim: Muslim Women’s Dress, A Tool of Liberation

[ 0 ] March 25, 2014 |

by JAMILLAH KARIM for FROM THE SQUARE (BLOG) on MARCH 20, 2014:  It was in a black feminist/womanist course at Duke when I realized that black Muslim women fit squarely within black women’s tradition of navigating the complex of race, class, and gender struggles. Not, though, because there were any readings on black Muslim women. […]

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Could Twitter Spell the End of Erdoğan?

Could Twitter Spell the End of Erdoğan?

[ 0 ] March 24, 2014 |

by ERDAĞ GÖKNAR for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 24, 2014:  Claiming that Twitter has not responded to Turkish court requests to suspend specific accounts, the Turkish communications directorate blocked Twitter last Friday. Ruling Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was quoted as saying, “Twitter schmitter, we’ll put an end to them all. The international community can react […]

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