Category: Muslim Life & Culture

Watch: 2014 MacArthur Fellow, Poet-Translator Khaled Mattawa Talks About His Work

Watch: 2014 MacArthur Fellow, Poet-Translator Khaled Mattawa Talks About His Work

[ 0 ] September 19, 2014 |

via MACARTHUR FOUNDATION, SEPTEMBER 2014:  Khaled Mattawa is a cultural ambassador and poet-translator of Arabic poetry giving voice to a vast literature largely unknown in the Western hemisphere. In masterful translations that evoke the rhythm and cadence of Arabic, he renders the beauty and meaning of the poems accessible to an English reader. He has […]

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Manal Omar: Latest Extremist Group in Iraq, Syria Must Be Challenged at Core

Manal Omar: Latest Extremist Group in Iraq, Syria Must Be Challenged at Core

[ 0 ] September 18, 2014 |

via UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014:  The brutality of the extremist militants who call themselves “The Islamic State” is a strategy in itself and must be met by powerful counter-measures that address the core causes of the conflict, said Manal Omar, USIP’s associate vice president for the Middle East and Africa, […]

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Hate Crimes Up Against Muslim, Jewish People says NYPD

[ 1 ] September 18, 2014 |

Vandals damaged classrooms, drew obscene pictures and damaged Qurans at the Hudson Valley Islamic Community Center in Westchester County. (News report above from News 12 in New York)  ALSO: by COLLEEN LONG for NBC NEW YORK on SEPTEMBER 17, 2014:  Suspected hate crimes against Jewish and Muslim people have increased in the city (New York City) […]

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Jean-Pierre Filiu on ‘Gaza: A History’ (Book Q & A)

Jean-Pierre Filiu on ‘Gaza: A History’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] September 17, 2014 |

“Both Fatah and Hamas, the main Palestinian parties, have forged over the years a self-celebrating militant narrative, intimately linked to Gaza, and any academic research has to deconstruct this narrative before addressing the core issues of the historical process.” — Jean-Pierre Filiu  Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and […]

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China: Uighur Scholar’s Trial a Travesty of Justice (Trial Starts Today)

China: Uighur Scholar’s Trial a Travesty of Justice (Trial Starts Today)

[ 0 ] September 17, 2014 |

Ilham Tohti Could Face Sentence of 10 Years to Life via HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH on SEPTEMBER 15, 2014:  (New York) – The prosecution of China’s most prominent Uighur scholar, the economist Ilham Tohti, is a disturbing example of politicized show trials and intolerance for peaceful criticism, Human Rights Watch said today. The trial only serves […]

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Let’s Tweet About Sex? Frank Talk About Teen Health, LGBT Rights, and Family Planning in Indonesia

Let’s Tweet About Sex? Frank Talk About Teen Health, LGBT Rights, and Family Planning in Indonesia

[ 1 ] September 16, 2014 |

Columbia University graduate student Sarah Wall interned this summer at a youth center in Indonesia where sexual education and reproductive services were administered to at-risk teens by SARAH WALL for ISLAMiCOMMENTARY on SEPTEMBER 16, 2014: Would you be surprised to see a devout Muslim female coworker tenderly embrace a transgender woman in a green, sparkly […]

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Nasta‛liz: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy (Sackler Gallery until 3/22/15)

Nasta‛liz: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy (Sackler Gallery until 3/22/15)

[ 0 ] September 15, 2014 |

via ARTHUR M. SACKLER GALLERY, SEPTEMBER 2014:  Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy September 13, 2014–March 22, 2015 Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy is the first exhibition of its kind to focus on nasta‛liq, a calligraphic script that developed in the fourteenth century in Iran and remains one of the […]

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Pew: Growing Concern about Rise of Islamic Extremism at Home and Abroad

Pew: Growing Concern about Rise of Islamic Extremism at Home and Abroad

[ 0 ] September 15, 2014 |

More Prioritize Security over Civil Liberties in Anti-Terror Policies by PEW RESEARCH CENTER FOR PEOPLE & THE PRESS on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014: EXCERPT: The public has become more worried about Islamic extremism. Six-in-ten (62%) are very concerned about the rise of Islamic extremism around the world, which is the largest share dating back to 2007. […]

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Challenging Uyghur Muslim Identity: More Enforcement, Worse Results (Haiyun Ma, I-wei Jennifer Chang)

Challenging Uyghur Muslim Identity: More Enforcement, Worse Results (Haiyun Ma, I-wei Jennifer Chang)

[ 0 ] September 12, 2014 |

by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for CHINA BRIEF (Volume: 14 Issue: 17) on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014: Following deadly attacks in Beijing, Kunming and Urumqi over the last year, the Xinjiang government has intensified its efforts to regulate Uyghur religious activities. The provincial government has once again reinforced its ban on Ramadan fasting for Uyghur […]

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American Muslims Reaffirm Fatwa Against Extremism

[ 0 ] September 12, 2014 |

  via MUSLIM PUBLIC AFFAIRS COUNCIL on SEPTEMBER 10, 2014:   (Washington DC – 9/8/2014) – On Wednesday, Sept. 10, American Muslim Imams, leaders, and organizations will hold a national summit and press conference with national and regional community leaders. We have also invited law enforcement to the National Press Club to address the escalation […]

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