Category: Muslim Life & Culture

Afghan Carpet Weavers are Putting Drones on Their Rugs

Afghan Carpet Weavers are Putting Drones on Their Rugs

[ 0 ] January 30, 2015 |

(cover photo of rug by Kevin Sudeith, courtesy of Warrug.com) via COSIMO BIZZARRI for QUARTZ on JANUARY 30, 2015:  When it comes to what to depict on rugs, Afghan weavers traditionally turn to what’s most familiar. So in the 1980s, when the Mujahedeen were fighting back the Soviet occupation, some local weavers abandoned flowers and […]

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LISTEN: Syrian Pianist & Human Rights Activist Malek Jandali Plays “Zinzana” (Prison Cell)

LISTEN: Syrian Pianist & Human Rights Activist Malek Jandali Plays “Zinzana” (Prison Cell)

[ 0 ] January 30, 2015 |

via MALEK JANDALI (YOUTUBE CHANNEL) on JUNE 5, 2012:  Malek Jandali: Zinzana “Prison Cell” from the album Emessa (Homs) Zinzana a “prison cell”where words are held captive and the walls bleed with ink from the pen of the brave and free. Dedicated to the brave people of my homeland Syria and their historic revolution for […]

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Ms. Marvel Delivers Real-World Punch Against Islamophobia & Hate Speech

Ms. Marvel Delivers Real-World Punch Against Islamophobia & Hate Speech

[ 0 ] January 28, 2015 |

“Good is not a thing you are. It’s a thing you do.” – Ms. Marvel, Issue #5  Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 28, 2015: Since her debut in late 2013, the teen superhero Ms. Marvel has accomplished any number of fictional feats in […]

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After Charlie Hebdo: Faculty Discuss the Challenge to Freedom of Expression

After Charlie Hebdo: Faculty Discuss the Challenge to Freedom of Expression

[ 0 ] January 27, 2015 |

by GEOFFREY MOCK for DUKE TODAY on JANUARY 27, 2015:  Expressing solidarity with those killed at France’s Charlie Hebdo magazine and the aftermath is an easy step. More challenging, Duke faculty say, is making sense of these events, and figuring out what to do next to protect free speech and change the transition from alienation […]

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Reasonable Accommodations & Minority Religious Freedom in the U.S. & Canada: What Have We Learned?

[ 0 ] January 26, 2015 |

“The term “Reasonable Accommodation” has emerged in the last decade as a major innovation in the legal and political culture of liberal democratic nation states. Facing growing ethnic and cultural diversity, resulting from migrations that transformed their socio-demographic maps, liberal societies confront the imperative of accommodating minorities that are ambivalent about integration into the “national […]

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Can We Handle the Truth About Torture?

Can We Handle the Truth About Torture?

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

Real Life Lessons from 2011’s “Aaron and Ahmed: A Love Story” Set in Guantanamo Bay “Aaron and Ahmed” cover (Vertigo Comics) Column » Comics & Dialogue: Islam in Graphic Novels by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 23, 2015: In his 2011 review of the graphic novel Aaron and Ahmed: A Love Story, set […]

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Islam: Religion of Peace or Font of Terror? (Q & A with John Esposito)

Islam: Religion of Peace or Font of Terror? (Q & A with John Esposito)

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

A conversation with John Esposito of the Georgetown Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding by JOHN BURGER for ALETEIA on JANUARY 21, 2015:  The recent murders of civilians in Paris, Nigeria, Iraq, Pakistan and other places around the world by those claiming to defend the Islamlic religion have, for many people, raised once again the question of whether Islam […]

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When Women Become Terrorists (by Jayne Huckerby for the New York Times)

When Women Become Terrorists (by Jayne Huckerby for the New York Times)

[ 0 ] January 23, 2015 |

by JAYNE HUCKERBY for THE NEW YORK TIMES on JANUARY 21, 2015:  DURHAM, N.C. — SINCE the terror attacks in Paris two weeks ago, the French police have been on the hunt for Hayat Boumeddiene, the partner of Amedy Coulibaly, one of the slain gunmen. She is now suspected to be in Syria. Some news […]

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Hundreds Attend First Public Adhan Outside Duke Chapel: Debate Sparked on Campus and Off

Hundreds Attend First Public Adhan Outside Duke Chapel: Debate Sparked on Campus and Off

[ 1 ] January 22, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 22, 2015: * updated on January 26, 2015 (scroll to the bottom for the latest pieces)  The following is a compilation of articles and opinions surrounding Duke’s first public call to prayer (adhan) for its Muslim community — held on the steps of the Duke Chapel on January […]

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5 facts About the Muslim Population in Europe (by Conrad Hackett, Pew)

5 facts About the Muslim Population in Europe (by Conrad Hackett, Pew)

[ 0 ] January 22, 2015 |

by CONRAD HACKETT for PEW RESEARCH CENTER on JANUARY 15, 2015:  Recent violence in France and protest marches in Germany have drawn renewed attention to Europe’s Muslim population. In many European countries, including Germany, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, concerns about growing Muslim communities have led to calls for restrictions on immigration. But just […]

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