Category: Islamic Theology & Law

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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Hussein Rashid Answers the Question: “What Does Islam Say About Images?”

[ 0 ] April 22, 2015 |

by HUSSEIN RASHID for SACRED MATTERS (BLOG/EMORY UNIVERSITY) on APRIL 20, 2015:  “What does Islam say about images?” It is a question that seeks to understand religion through unitary and static prescriptions. The confusion starts because Muhammad played two roles within his community—religious and spiritual authority and polity leader. Like earlier Abrahamic prophets, the combination […]

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WATCH: Negar Mottahedeh on “An Anatomy of the Islamic Cyborg”

WATCH: Negar Mottahedeh on “An Anatomy of the Islamic Cyborg”

[ 0 ] April 21, 2015 |

via JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN CENTER (YOUTUBE) on  APRIL 21, 2015:  Negar Mottahedeh is an Associate Professor in Duke University’s Program in Literature. On April 1, 2015, Professor Mottahedeh presented on the power of social media during the Iranian election crisis of 2009. This was her description of the talk: “Unaccustomed as we are still to […]

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How Toshihiko Made Me Understand Islam

[ 0 ] April 14, 2015 |

by MONIRA AL QADRI for IBRAAZ: CONTEMPORARY VISUAL CULTURE IN  NORTH AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST (blog) on FEBRUARY 26, 2015:  Who would have thought that the best translation ever to be conducted of the Qur’an was actually in Japanese? Many scholars agree that Toshihiko Izutsu’s 1958 version of the holy book is one of […]

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Resources to Combat Anti-Muslim Propaganda (one scholar’s recommendations)

[ 0 ] April 8, 2015 |

by CHRISTOPHER CAMERON SMITH for REIMAGINING CORDOBA (BLOG) on APRIL 8, 2015:  Since I sometimes get requests from folks looking for resources to combat anti-Muslim propaganda, I thought I would offer a few suggestions. Although many books have been written about Islamophobia, there are a few that I believe are the most informative and accessible […]

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Experts Weigh in (part 1) : How Does ISIS Approach Islamic Scripture?

[ 0 ] April 8, 2015 |

by WILL MCCANTS for BROOKINGS INSTITUTION (MARKAZ BLOG) on MARCH 24, 2015:  Will McCants: One of the reasons Graeme Wood’s controversial article on the Islamic State in The Atlantic stirred controversy is his statement that “the Islamic State is Islamic. Very Islamic.” Graeme was careful to explain what he meant, but the phrase left the impression […]

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The Under-Examined Aspects of Malcolm X’s Legacy: An Interview with M M Knight

The Under-Examined Aspects of Malcolm X’s Legacy: An Interview with M M Knight

[ 0 ] April 6, 2015 |

Juliane Hammer, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Islamic Studies professor, interviews scholar and writer Michael Muhammad Knight about his research on the Five Percenters, Malcolm X’s special significance in the fashioning of the “American Muslims” construct, and the under-examined aspects of his legacy.   compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL […]

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Passion in Practice: Muslims of the Carolinas

Passion in Practice: Muslims of the Carolinas

[ 0 ] April 3, 2015 |

(voice of Omid Safi at the beginning and end of the video)  by LAYLA QURAN and AISHA ANWAR for PASSION IN PRACTICE: MUSLIMS OF THE CAROLINA PROJECT (Content shared with and compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary) on MARCH 31, 2015:  From the musings of a poet to the pirouette of a ballerina to the notes […]

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