Category: Science, Tech, Media & Social Media

Benedikt Koehler: Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism

Benedikt Koehler: Early Islam and the Birth of Capitalism

[ 1 ] April 21, 2014 |

by BENEDIKT KOEHLER for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 21, 2014:  Arabs first made a name for themselves in business; their reputation for religious zeal came later. Arabs earned a reputation as long distance traders and risk investors long before the advent of Islam, and arguably the spread of Islam also was a breakthrough for capitalism and […]

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Duke Students Create Their Own “Arab Spring” Graffiti on Campus as Part of Class

Duke Students Create Their Own “Arab Spring” Graffiti on Campus as Part of Class

[ 0 ] April 18, 2014 |

by ElIZA WARNER and JOHN VILLA for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 19, 2014:  BY ELIZA WARNER: The graffiti I painted (above) at the east campus bridge was inspired by the events occurring in the Middle East since 2010. In “The Arab Spring” (PoliSci 222), a course covering the developing issues in the region taught by Duke […]

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Behind the Checkpoint: Jasiri X in Palestine

[ 0 ] April 11, 2014 |

shared via NewBlackMan (in Exile) on MARCH 28, 2014:  1Hood Media Presents In “Behind the Checkpoint, Part I” Jasiri X (above) shares his experience of traveling to the Palestine and Israel with a delegation commissioned by the Carter Center. Behind the Checkpoint explores issues of the region and the people who live there.  

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Omar Offendum Joins Duke MSA Students in “Slam for Syria”

Omar Offendum Joins Duke MSA Students in “Slam for Syria”

[ 0 ] April 7, 2014 |

You are my … (Destiny) its hard livin in the West – when I know the East got the best of me … (Destiny) could be lookin in my eyes – but you’ll never really see the rest of me … (Destiny) can you hear me “maseeri” (my destiny)? … bi-lingual’s what im blessed to […]

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“Afghanistan: The Next Phase” — What’s at Stake in the April 5 Elections and Beyond?

“Afghanistan: The Next Phase” — What’s at Stake in the April 5 Elections and Beyond?

[ 0 ] April 3, 2014 |

“There is a young and forward looking generation of youth that don’t want to associate themselves with the warlordism/the Civil War of the 1990s, that identify themselves as Afghans and don’t identify themselves necessarily along ethnic lines.  Afghanistan has a very robust and vital press compared to its neighbors I think. And they enjoy I […]

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Could Twitter Spell the End of Erdoğan?

Could Twitter Spell the End of Erdoğan?

[ 0 ] March 24, 2014 |

by ERDAĞ GÖKNAR for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 24, 2014:  Claiming that Twitter has not responded to Turkish court requests to suspend specific accounts, the Turkish communications directorate blocked Twitter last Friday. Ruling Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was quoted as saying, “Twitter schmitter, we’ll put an end to them all. The international community can react […]

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Erdağ Göknar: The Theater of Conspiracy in the Run-up to Turkey’s Elections

Erdağ Göknar: The Theater of Conspiracy in the Run-up to Turkey’s Elections

[ 0 ] March 14, 2014 |

by Erdağ Göknar for INFORMED COMMENT on MARCH 13, 2014:  The novel Snow by Nobel-prize-winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk exposes the logic of Middle Eastern nationalism. Not surprisingly, political conspiracy has a prominent role to play in it. Turkish realities and their ideologically colored representations are constantly switching places in the novel. As a result, it becomes harder […]

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Duncan Green: What Do Policymakers Want From Researchers?

Duncan Green: What Do Policymakers Want From Researchers?

[ 0 ] March 11, 2014 |

What Do Policymakers Want from Researchers? Blogs, Elevator Pitches and Good Old Fashioned Press Mentions (Duncan Green provides short and sweet translations of some of the key findings from a recent survey looking at how US policymakers use and value international studies research. The findings point to the importance of blogging, but also to the sustained […]

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The Qatar Brand is Thriving

The Qatar Brand is Thriving

[ 0 ] March 10, 2014 |

by miriam cooke for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 11, 2014:  When you’re looking for global exposure no coverage is bad. And Qatar is hungry for media attention as a nation state portending a new future for the Arab world. Until 1970 when the British left, Arab Gulf neighbors were all members of the same tribes living […]

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Young Pakistanis Are Asking: If There Can Be Secular Jews, Why Not Atheist Muslims?

[ 0 ] March 10, 2014 |

In Lahore a Facebook group dedicated to atheists and agnostics serves a silent minority in the world’s other religious nation-state.  by MINA SOHAIL for TABLET MAGAZINE on MARCH 10, 2014:  The eight young people who gathered recently at a popular restaurant in central Lahore looked like any others, laughing over samosas with tangy chutney sauce […]

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