Tag: Damascus

Religious Groups and Scholars of Islam in the Syrian Revolution

Religious Groups and Scholars of Islam in the Syrian Revolution

[ 0 ] June 3, 2014 |

by ISSAM EIDO for SYRIA COMMENT on JUNE 1, 2014:  Clouds of ambivalence and uncertainty have obscured Syria’s religious landscape from the beginning of the revolution. In the particular way that the conflict developed across space and time, every individual affiliated with a religious group became compelled—sooner or later—to take sides. Needless to say, any […]

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With Wisdom and Courage, New Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Reaffirms the Church’s Commitment to Syria

With Wisdom and Courage, New Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Reaffirms the Church’s Commitment to Syria

[ 0 ] May 28, 2014 |

  by LUCAS VAN ROMPAY for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 20, 2014 *updated May 28: In an unusual demonstration of resolve and courage, the newly elected patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, has decided to maintain the headquarters of his church in Syria, rather than transferring them to Lebanon as many expected. […]

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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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Razed to the Ground: Syria’s Unlawful Neighborhood Demolitions in  2012-2013 (HRW)

Razed to the Ground: Syria’s Unlawful Neighborhood Demolitions in 2012-2013 (HRW)

[ 0 ] February 1, 2014 |

via HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH (REPORT: RAZED TO THE GROUND: SYRIA’S UNLAWFUL NEIGHBORHOOD DEMOLITIONS IN 2012-2013) on  JANUARY 30, 2014:  SUMMARY EXCERPT:  Since July 2012, Syrian authorities have deliberately demolished thousands of residential buildings, in some cases entire neighborhoods, using explosives and bulldozers, in Damascus and Hama, two of Syria’s largest cities. Government officials and pro-government […]

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Joshua Landis: Why Syria’s Assad Enters Geneva Talks in a Position of Strength

Joshua Landis: Why Syria’s Assad Enters Geneva Talks in a Position of Strength

[ 0 ] January 23, 2014 |

by JOSHUA LANDIS for AL JAZEERA AMERICA on JANUARY 23, 2014:  His army is stronger, his allies are more committed and regime’s capacity for brutality has kept it in charge. As representatives of Syria’s Assad regime and some of its opponents sit down Wednesday for their first direct negotiations since the Syrian rebellion began nearly three years […]

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Gulf Cities Emerge as New Centers of Arab World

[ 0 ] October 9, 2013 |

by SULTAN SOOUD AL QASSEMI for AL-MONITOR on OCTOBER 8, 2013:  An old Arab saying goes, “Cairo writes, Beirut publishes and Baghdad reads.” These three capitals, along with Damascus, were long the hubs of culture and education in the Arab world. Arabs from across the region flocked to these cities to study and work. Sculptures […]

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Juan Cole: Top Ten things Americans Need to Know about Syria if They’re Going to Threaten to Bomb It

Juan Cole: Top Ten things Americans Need to Know about Syria if They’re Going to Threaten to Bomb It

[ 0 ] September 12, 2013 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on SEPTEMBER 12, 2013:  Ambrose Bierce is said to be the author of the saying “War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.” Despite the vigorous national debate about intervening in Syria, there is some reason to think that most Americans could not find it on a map. Here […]

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WATCH: Charlie Rose Interviews Bashar al-Assad on His Response to Threat of War from the U.S.

[ 0 ] September 10, 2013 |

via PBS on SEPTEMBER 9, 2013:  Charlie Rose was granted exclusive access to interview Syrian President Bashar al-Assad about the alleged use of chemical weapons and his response to threat of war from the United States. WATCH HERE INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT HERE (via Google docs)  

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LISTEN: Nancy Khalek on “Damascus after the Muslim Conquest — Text and Image in Early Islam” (Book)

LISTEN: Nancy Khalek on “Damascus after the Muslim Conquest — Text and Image in Early Islam” (Book)

[ 0 ] September 9, 2013 |

by MATTHEW LONG for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on SEPTEMBER 6, 2013:  A top five finalist for the Best First Book in the History of Religion Award, Damascus after the Muslim Conquest (Oxford University Press, 2011) by Nancy Khalek, professor of Religious Studies at Brown University, is a study of the city of Damascus, the seat of power […]

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Faheem Younus: Keep Doomsday Religion out of the Syrian Conflict

Faheem Younus: Keep Doomsday Religion out of the Syrian Conflict

[ 0 ] August 27, 2013 |

by FAHEEM YOUNUS for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on AUGUST 27,2013: (RNS) As Syrian President Bashar al-Assad uses chemical weapons at the outskirts of Damascus and President Obama mulls a U.S. military response, some theologians hope for an alarming endgame to the 30-month-long Syrian conflict. For these Christians and Muslim, the civil war in Syria heralds nothing […]

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