Category: Science, Tech, Media & Social Media

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: The Iowa Caucus & the Foreign Policy Credentials of the Candidates

[ 0 ] February 5, 2016 |

via CAMPAIGN STOP 2016 (DUKE UNIVERSITY) on FEBRUARY 3, 2016:  How will the debates over presidential candidate foreign policy credentials play out after the 2016 Iowa caucus results? Peter Feaver and Bruce Jentleson debate the implications in this episode of Foreign Exchange. Peter Feaver is a professor of political science and public policy. From 2005-07, […]

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Scholars Discuss the Origins, Consequences and Responses to ISIS

Scholars Discuss the Origins, Consequences and Responses to ISIS

[ 0 ] February 4, 2016 |

UPDATED FEB. 4 WITH NEW VIDEO! (Above is a series of clips taken from the discussion) by EZGI USTUNDAG for DUKE TODAY on JANUARY 21, 2016:  DURHAM, NC – Tearful refugees landing on European shores. Terror in Paris, San Bernardino, Beirut, Istanbul and Jakarta. Gruesome calls to action and videos of beheadings in Iraq and […]

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Scholars Discuss The Making and Future of the Arab Refugee Crisis

Scholars Discuss The Making and Future of the Arab Refugee Crisis

[ 0 ] February 2, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, GEOFFREY MOCK and EMILIE POPLETT for DUKE TODAY on FEBRUARY 2, 2016: The Syrian refugee crisis was decades in the making. The international community now has less time to try to resolve it. That was the message from a series of scholars, journalists and artists who spoke at a two-day conference […]

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5 Islamic Philosophers Every Muslim Must Read

5 Islamic Philosophers Every Muslim Must Read

[ 0 ] January 18, 2016 |

by MUQTEDAR KHAN for HUFFINGTON POST on MARCH 23, 2015: Islamic intellectual culture suffers from a philosophy deficit. While there are a few philosophical thinkers in the Muslim World today none of them enjoys the rock star status that many pedestrian preachers and YouTube stalwarts enjoy. What this tells us is that people are beginning […]

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Rami Khouri: 2015’s Dark Legacy in the Middle East (in Cairo Review)

Rami Khouri: 2015’s Dark Legacy in the Middle East (in Cairo Review)

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

The dark, sick heart of 2015 is the narrowing space across the entire Middle East for citizens to express themselves freely on issues that matter to them and their families. by RAMI KHOURI for CAIRO REVIEW on JANUARY 2, 2016:  I have always been dubious about looking back at the past year and coming up […]

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LISTEN: Farad Souzanchi on Fact-checking with his “Rouhani Meter”

LISTEN: Farad Souzanchi on Fact-checking with his “Rouhani Meter”

[ 0 ] December 21, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary via EMILY HANFORD at WAYS & MEANS, DECEMBER 2015:  In a recent episode of the Sanford School of Public Policy (at Duke University)-produced Ways & Means, “upstart fact-checker from Iran” Farad Souzanchi was interviewed about his “Rouhani Meter” project. As described on its web site, “the Rouhani Meter is a project that […]

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ISLAMiCommentary/TIRN Featured in New SSRC Report ‘Religion, Media and the Digital Turn’

ISLAMiCommentary/TIRN Featured in New SSRC Report ‘Religion, Media and the Digital Turn’

[ 0 ] December 17, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 17, 2015:  We at the Duke Islamic Studies Center are pleased to announce that the work of the Carnegie Corporation of New York-supported Transcultural Islam Project (ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN) has been highlighted in a new report by the Social Science Research Council — “Religion, Media and the […]

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LISTEN/READ: Scholars Comment on San Bernardino Shootings, Trump’s Proposed Ban on Muslim Immigration

[ 0 ] December 10, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 10, 2015:    WATCH ABOVE: San Bernardino Shooters; Global Impact of Trump’s Proposal; Climate Change as a Security Issue (with WPTF’S Scott Briggaman and David Schanzer for On Security, December 9, 2015): In the latest installment of On Security, David Schanzer speaks with Scott Briggaman about the […]

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Muslim Civil Rights Advocates See the Limitations of Social Media Activism

Muslim Civil Rights Advocates See the Limitations of Social Media Activism

[ 1 ] December 4, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on DECEMBER 4, 2015:  (RNS) As soon as news broke that the San Bernardino, Calif., shooters were Muslim, skilled Muslim activists took to social media platforms to denounce Syed Rizwan Farook, 28, and his 27-year-old wife Tashfeen Malik. “Feeling heartbroken,” wrote Hussam Ayloush, longtime executive director of […]

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