Category: Islamic Theology & Law

China to Uyghurs: Eat, Don’t Fast for Ramadan

China to Uyghurs: Eat, Don’t Fast for Ramadan

[ 0 ] July 15, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 15, 2014:    The common saying that “you are what you eat” suggests that food is closely tied to one’s social identity—and what one eats and when can often be key indicators of particular ethnic and/or religious traditions. Therefore, the gradual erosion of a […]

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Islamic State (formerly ISIS) Calls for Death of Comic Book Creator Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa

Islamic State (formerly ISIS) Calls for Death of Comic Book Creator Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa

[ 1 ] July 14, 2014 |

Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 14, 2014: In a series of posts to Twitter in early July, the Islamic extremist group known as Islamic State (formerly ISIS) called for the death of Kuwaiti-born Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, the creator of the superhero comic book The […]

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From Ibrahim to Khalil: Healing Through the Flames, American Islam and Palestine/Israel (Omid Safi)

From Ibrahim to Khalil: Healing Through the Flames, American Islam and Palestine/Israel (Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] July 14, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on JULY 12, 2014:  When we look at the world today, we see a world on fire. When we look at the Muslim ummah, we see an ummah on fire. Palestine on fire. Iraq on fire. Syria on fire. Pakistan on fire. Myanmar on fire. Egypt on fire. […]

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‘Never Wholly Other’: The Qur’an and Religious Pluralism in America (Jerusha Lamptey)

‘Never Wholly Other’: The Qur’an and Religious Pluralism in America (Jerusha Lamptey)

[ 1 ] July 9, 2014 |

by JERUSHA T. LAMPTEY for ISLAMiCommentary on July 9, 2014: In the United States, interreligious collaboration has grown substantially in the last decade. While not triggered by September 11th, the horrific tragedy and trauma of that day certainly increased awareness of the need for interreligious collaboration. This has led to many interfaith dialogues aimed at […]

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Scholars Size Up Indonesia’s Presidential Election

Scholars Size Up Indonesia’s Presidential Election

[ 0 ] July 9, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on JULY 9, 2014:  Today’s presidential election in Indonesia pitted Jakarta governor Joko (Jokowi) Widodo (a former furniture exporter) against Prabowo Subianto, a former general and a former son-in-law of Suharto “with a checkered human rights record“, in what The Guardian called “the tightest and most divisive presidential election since the downfall […]

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Our Legacy, Too: Muslim Women and the Civil Rights Movement

Our Legacy, Too: Muslim Women and the Civil Rights Movement

[ 0 ] July 8, 2014 |

by JAMILLAH KARIM for NYU PRESS BLOG on JULY 8, 2014:  “No one person owns this. This history is a history of thousands of people and we tell hundreds of those stories.” When I heard former mayor of Atlanta Shirley Franklin speak these sentiments about the civil rights movement on the occasion of the opening […]

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The View of an American Muslim: Islam Not Intrinsically Dissonant With Western Values

The View of an American Muslim: Islam Not Intrinsically Dissonant With Western Values

[ 0 ] July 8, 2014 |

American Muslims are Stakeholders in the US Constitution; Responding to Religious Freedom and Muslim Minorities in the United States by SALAM AL-MARAYATI for CORNERSTONE (BERKLEY CENTER FOR RELIGION, PEACE & WORLD AFFAIRS) on JULY 7, 2014: Speaking to a group of Muslims in New York the other day, I was reviewing texts from Prophet Muhammad on […]

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Thomas Hegghammer on the ‘Calculated Caliphate’ (Lawfare blog)

Thomas Hegghammer on the ‘Calculated Caliphate’ (Lawfare blog)

[ 0 ] July 7, 2014 |

by THOMAS HEGGHAMMER for LAWFARE BLOG on JULY 6, 2014:  Lawfare Blog Editor’s Note: The conquest of Mosul and other cities in Iraq by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has alarmed the United States and its allies and electrified the Sunni jihadist community. On Monday, ISIS went one step further, changing its […]

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PEW: Muslim Publics Concerned about Islamic Extremism Growth

PEW: Muslim Publics Concerned about Islamic Extremism Growth

[ 0 ] July 6, 2014 |

Concerns about Islamic Extremism on the Rise in Middle East:  Negative Opinions of al Qaeda, Hamas and Hezbollah Widespread via PEW RESEARCH GLOBAL ATTITUDES PROJECT on JULY 1, 2014:  EXCERPT:  As well-publicized bouts of violence, from civil war to suicide bombings, plague the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, concern about Islamic extremism is high […]

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Ramadan Kareem

Ramadan Kareem

[ 0 ] June 27, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 27, 2014:  *The Muslim community in America and around the world are observing the month-long fast of Ramadan (rom-a-don). The end of Ramadan will be marked by communal prayers called “Eid ul-Fitr,” or Feast of the Fast-Breaking at the end of July. [NOTE: Because the beginning of Islamic lunar months […]

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