Tag: Damascus

LISTEN: Syria Deteriorates, Families in Crisis (a compilation)

[ 0 ] May 3, 2016 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 3, 2016:  Here’s a couple of very good pieces on NPR today. In this first one (above) the New York Times’ Declan Walsh reports for NPR from Damascus about conditions in the capital city, public opinion of Bashar al-Assad and his regime, and the besieged Aleppo. And […]

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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)

[ 0 ] March 30, 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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John McHugo on “Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years” (Book Q & A)

John McHugo on “Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years” (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] December 4, 2015 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 4, 2015: Is there a more tragic country in the world today than Syria ?  How did it descend into chaos, conflict, and crisis? John McHugo offers some answers in Syria: A History of the Last […]

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WATCH: In Damascus (a short film by Waref Abu Quba)

[ 0 ] November 2, 2014 |

by WAREF ABU QUBA on VIMEO on OCTOBER 31, 2014:  أكثر من ثلاث سنوات مرّت منذ انطلاق الفكرة إلى هذه اللحظة. كان هذا المشروع رفيقي في الغربة, لقد كان بمثابة العدو والصديق بالنسبة لي فأحيانا اشتاق للعمل عليه فامضي الساعات هناك وأحيانا أكرهه لدرجة تركه بالشهور. بعد أكثر من شهرين من العمل المكثف, ولله الحمد, انتهيت من […]

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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

[ 2 ] 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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