Category: Muslim Life & Culture

Nicolas Pelham on ‘Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East’ (Book Q & A)

Nicolas Pelham on ‘Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] May 23, 2016 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 23, 2016:  How did the rise of nation-states in the 20th century doom religious diversity and pluralism in the Middle East?  And, can pluralism be recovered to heal and transform the Middle East?  Veteran journalist Nicolas […]

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Muslim Eid Holidays Recognized in Delaware

[ 0 ] May 23, 2016 |

via MUQTEDAR KHAN on MAY 22, 2016:  University of Delaware Islam and global affairs professor Prof. Muqtedar Khan announced that Newcastle County executive has issued a proclamation has recognized the two Muslim Eid holidays as part of the tradition and culture and religious practices of the county. Prof.  Khan also discussed with other prominent Delaware […]

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A Small Study Abroad Experience by Allison Kam (in words and photos)

A Small Study Abroad Experience by Allison Kam (in words and photos)

[ 1 ] May 19, 2016 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 19, 2016: (Allison Kam, November 18, 2015, writing on Facebook): Saturday morning I woke up at 4:45am to go to Eyüp Sultan Mosque to pray with my new Turkish friends. To be honest, I was surprised that they had volunteered to do all of this… to […]

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LISTEN: Blood Brothers — The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

LISTEN: Blood Brothers — The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X

[ 0 ] May 13, 2016 |

by BRUCE BERGLUND for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on APRIL 30, 2016:  Is there a figure in sports more admired and beloved than Muhammad Ali? Widely revered not only as one of boxing’s greatest champions but also as one of the rare athletes to speak out on political issues, Ali holds a place at […]

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Mbaye Lo on “Muslim Institutions of Higher Education in Postcolonial Africa” (Book Q & A)

Mbaye Lo on “Muslim Institutions of Higher Education in Postcolonial Africa” (Book Q & A)

[ 1 ] May 10, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCOMMENTARY with MBAYE LO on MAY 10, 2016: Duke University Asian & Middle Eastern studies professor Mbayo Lo and University of Botswana theologian Muhammed Haron (a South African native) are the editors of a new book “Muslim Institutions of Higher Education in Postcolonial Africa” — published by Palgrave, Fall 2015. The […]

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The Problem with the Marrakesh Declaration (by Shaykh Michael Mumisa)

The Problem with the Marrakesh Declaration (by Shaykh Michael Mumisa)

[ 0 ] May 9, 2016 |

by SHAYKH MICHAEL MUMISA for MUSLIMWISE (a blog of the Centre of Islamic Studies at SOAS, University of London) on MAY 9, 2016:  In January this year (2016), the “Marrakesh Declaration on the Rights of Religious Minorities in Predominantly Muslim Majority Communities” was launched in Morocco amid much fanfare. It was described as a response to […]

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Huge Win for Sadiq Khan, London’s First Muslim Mayor

Huge Win for Sadiq Khan, London’s First Muslim Mayor

[ 0 ] May 6, 2016 |

Despite a conservative campaign against him that many Londoners called racist, Sadiq Khan is poised to become the West’s most prominent Muslim politician. by NICO HINES for THE DAILY BEAST on MAY 6, 2016:  LONDON — Sadiq Khan was elected Mayor of London on Friday, making him the most powerful Muslim politician in the Western […]

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WATCH: Confused Islamophobes Target American Sikhs

[ 0 ] May 6, 2016 |

via THE DAILY SHOW on APRIL 25, 2016: Hasan Minhaj sits down with designer and actor Waris Ahluwalia to find out how Islamophobia is affecting America’s (non-Muslim) Sikh population. (5:29)

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WATCH: Trump Stands by His Call to Ban Muslims from Entering the U.S.

[ 0 ] May 4, 2016 |

Fears that hate crimes against American Muslims could continue to rise by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 4, 2016: Republican presidential candidate and likely GOP nominee, Donald Trump, joined the MSNBC program “Morning Joe” this morning to discuss his big Indiana win last night and where he goes from here. Program co-host Joe Scarborough pressed Trump on […]

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LISTEN: Syria Deteriorates, Families in Crisis (a compilation)

[ 0 ] May 3, 2016 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 3, 2016:  Here’s a couple of very good pieces on NPR today. In this first one (above) the New York Times’ Declan Walsh reports for NPR from Damascus about conditions in the capital city, public opinion of Bashar al-Assad and his regime, and the besieged Aleppo. And […]

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