Category: Islamic Theology & Law

The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

[ 0 ] February 9, 2016 |

Mbaye Bashir Lo teaches at Duke University in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and is core faculty with the Duke Islamic Studies Center. This article highlights key elements in his current book project entitled “Justice versus Freedom: the Problem with Militant Islam.” He is currently a visiting scholar at l’Institut d’études de l’Islam […]

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WATCH: Sociologist Chris Bail’s View on Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

WATCH: Sociologist Chris Bail’s View on Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

[ 0 ] February 9, 2016 |

Sociologist Christopher Bail studies how anti-Muslim organizations use social media by ERIC FERRERI for CAMPAIGN STOP (Duke News) on JANUARY 28, 2016: Updated Feb. 9 with more video! Duke sociologist Christopher Bail examines ways organizations use digital resources to reach new and broaden existing audiences. He is the author of “Terrified: How Anti-Muslim Organizations Became Mainstream.” […]

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Crossing Lines: Dress Codes and Gender Non-Conformity in the Middle East

[ 0 ] February 9, 2016 |

by BRIAN WHITAKER for AL-BAB (BLOG) on FEBRUARY 8, 2016: While there is much debate about the rights of women in the Middle East and the rights of gay and lesbian people have also begun to attract some attention, consideration of transgender rights is long overdue. In a region where gender segregation is widespread and […]

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WATCH NOW: President Obama Speaks at Baltimore Mosque; His First US Mosque Visit of His Presidency

[ 0 ] February 3, 2016 |

via THE WHITE HOUSE on FEBRUARY 3, 2016:  Today, President Obama is making his first visit to a mosque in America. Today, Rumana Ahmed, a Muslim American and advisor at the White House, sent the following message to the White House email list ahead of the President’s remarks at the Islamic Society of Baltimore.  Today, President […]

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WATCH: First Mosque in the United States built by an American-Muslim Woman Opens

[ 0 ] January 31, 2016 |

by FATIMA RAHMATULLAH for NEWS 3 LAS VEGAS on JANUARY 29, 2016:  LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) — At a time when political controversy surrounds the Muslim community, Friday a new mosque opened its doors near N. Jones and Rancho. Masjid Ibrahim is the first mosque in North America to be fully paid for by a […]

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Muslim Leaders Convene Conference on Rights of Religious Minorities in Muslim-Majority Communities

Muslim Leaders Convene Conference on Rights of Religious Minorities in Muslim-Majority Communities

[ 0 ] January 25, 2016 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 25, 2016:  Muslim leaders from throughout the world kicked off a three-day conference today (1/25-1/27) on protecting non-Muslims called “The Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Majority Communities: Legal Framework and a Call to Action.” Hosted by King Muhammad VI of Morocco, the meeting is thought to […]

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WATCH: In SOTU ’16, Pres. Obama Rejects Islamophobia in Politics

[ 0 ] January 14, 2016 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on JANUARY 14, 2016: CAIR Welcomes President Obama’s SOTU Remarks Rejecting Islamophobia in the Political Process (WASHINGTON, D.C., 1/12/16) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, tonight welcomed President Obama’s remarks in his State of the Union address rejecting Islamophobia, […]

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LISTEN: Patrick Bowen on the History of Conversion to Islam in the U.S.

LISTEN: Patrick Bowen on the History of Conversion to Islam in the U.S.

[ 0 ] January 14, 2016 |

by KRISTIAN PETERSEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on JANUARY 12, 2016:  In the current political moment there is widespread anti-Muslim rhetoric and it would be easy to conclude that a large portion of white Americans see Islam at odds with American values. But a longer view of history reveals a long-standing appreciation for […]

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Freedom of Choice: What We Can Learn from Recent Refugee Flows to Liberal Countries

Freedom of Choice: What We Can Learn from Recent Refugee Flows to Liberal Countries

[ 0 ] January 13, 2016 |

by GALYM ZHUSSIPBEK for ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 13, 2016: There is a never ending discussion between liberal and conservative minded people over freedom of choice — whether it furthers the development of our capabilities or leads us to depravity. A majority of religiously conservative people a priori assume that freedom of choice, a core liberal […]

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LISTEN: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran

LISTEN: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran

[ 0 ] January 5, 2016 |

by SHERALI TAREEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on DECEMBER 30, 2015:  In her fascinating new book Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran (Duke University Press, 2015), Afsaneh Najmabadi, Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, explores shifting meanings of transsexuality in contemporary Iran. […]

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