Tag: Afghanistan

The Roots of Homophobia and Anti-Gay Sentiment in the Muslim World (by Ali Olomi)

The Roots of Homophobia and Anti-Gay Sentiment in the Muslim World (by Ali Olomi)

[ 3 ] June 12, 2016 |

by ALI OLOMI for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 30, 2016:  In March 2016 Payam Feili, a young Iranian poet, took refuge in Israel because he faced persecution in his home country for being openly gay. Feili’s situation is not unique for many LGBTQ individuals in the Middle East. Homosexuality is a crime in nearly two dozen […]

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“No Matter How Bad it Gets, Don’t Come Back”

“No Matter How Bad it Gets, Don’t Come Back”

[ 1 ] February 29, 2016 |

Afghan Refugee Gulwali Passarlay Opens Up About His Remarkable Year-Long Journey to the UK, in Conversation with Duke Students  by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 29, 2016:  “Before I died, I contemplated how drowning would feel. It was clear to me now; this was how I would go: away from my mother’s warmth, […]

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WATCH: Raza Rumi Speaks Out on Countering Violent Extremism

WATCH: Raza Rumi Speaks Out on Countering Violent Extremism

[ 0 ] February 18, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 18, 2016:  In November I had a chance to sit down with policy analyst, journalist, and scholar Raza Rumi at the ISLAMiCommentary office of the Duke Islamic Studies Center and speak to him about countering violent extremism in the Middle East and in Pakistan, and the plight of […]

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Stephen Frederic Dale on ‘Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man’ (Book Q & A)

Stephen Frederic Dale on ‘Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] January 7, 2016 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 7, 2016:  Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) was a colossus among Muslim scholars.  Stephen Frederic Dale gives us a portrait of this extraordinary man in his new intellectual biography, The Orange Trees of Marrakesh: Ibn Khaldun and the […]

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LISTEN: David Schanzer Comments on Iraq Army Gains; Iran Nuclear Deal; Taleban; Refugees; Pope Francis

LISTEN: David Schanzer Comments on Iraq Army Gains; Iran Nuclear Deal; Taleban; Refugees; Pope Francis

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

via ON SECURITY on DECEMBER 31, 2015:  In the latest installment of On Security, David Schanzer speaks with WPTF’s Scott Briggaman about the significance of the Iraqi Army recapturing Ramadi. He also discusses the Iranian Nuclear Deal and the new Visa law pertaining to Visas for Iranians. Additional topics include: the resurgence of the Taliban […]

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First-Person: The Refugee Story Isn’t Just a Tragedy

First-Person: The Refugee Story Isn’t Just a Tragedy

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

by LEENA EL-SADEK for DUKE MAGAZINE on DECEMBER 14, 2015:  As the daughter of Arab immigrants, I’ve often grappled with what home is. Born in the U.S., I spent the first few years of my life between Egypt and Mississippi as my parents were trying to discover the balance between heritage and opportunity. Dad learned […]

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LISTEN: Joshua Landis & Al Kresta Talk History of Middle East Christian-Muslim Relations (via Ave Maria Radio)

LISTEN: Joshua Landis & Al Kresta Talk History of Middle East Christian-Muslim Relations (via Ave Maria Radio)

[ 0 ] December 22, 2015 |

via AVE MARIA RADIO on DECEMBER 15, 2015:  Al Kresta, CEO of Ave Maria Radio,  interviews Joshua Landis, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies on the state of Christian-Muslim relations. Kresta recently attended the Under Caesar’s Sword conference in Rome, an […]

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WATCH: Rashid Khalidi on the Historian’s Role, Violence in the Middle East, and Palestine

WATCH: Rashid Khalidi on the Historian’s Role, Violence in the Middle East, and Palestine

[ 0 ] December 21, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 21, 2015: Rashid Khalidi talked with Shai Ginsburg about the role of the historian, his take on violence in the Middle East and his new book project on the hundred year war in Palestine — in this an interview recorded in October 2015 during Khalidi’s visit to Duke. Sponsored by […]

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WATCH: Anatol Lieven on Afghanistan–War Without End?

[ 0 ] December 1, 2015 |

via CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL STUDIES (GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF FOREIGN SERVICE, QATAR) on NOVEMBER 18, 2015:  Anatol Lieven, Professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar, delivered a CIRS Monthly Dialogue titled, “Afghanistan: War Without End?” on November 9, 2015. Lieven recounted his experiences as a journalist reporting from Afghanistan […]

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WATCH: An Afghan Refugee Boy’s Journey of Escape to a New Life in Britain

WATCH: An Afghan Refugee Boy’s Journey of Escape to a New Life in Britain

[ 0 ] November 18, 2015 |

via THE FRONTLINE CLUB on NOVEMBER 17, 2015: Gulwali Passarlay was only 12 years old when he left his home and family in Afghanistan. He would be shot at, imprisoned and almost drown before he reached his new home in Britain. Fleeing the violence and reprisals of the Afghan war, Passarlay was smuggled into Iran, […]

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