Tag: Duke Islamic Studies Center

Editor’s Notebook: Security, Civil Liberties, and Community Partnerships in Focus

[ 0 ] April 18, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 17, 2014:  National security, the extent of the threat of homegrown terrorism in our cities, and tensions between law enforcement policies and civil liberties came into sharp focus this week. Tuesday marked the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, allegedly committed by brothers radicalized by […]

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Homegrown Terrorism Threat Was Over-Hyped (Schanzer and Kurzman)

[ 0 ] April 14, 2014 |

by DAVID SCHANZER and CHARLES KURZMAN for NEWARK STAR-LEDGER on APRIL 14, 2014:  In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing one year ago, many commentators and public officials called this tragedy a harbinger of more homegrown terrorist attacks to come. “We’re going to see an explosion in this radicalization and recruitment,” predicted Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.). […]

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Editor’s Notebook: Tunisia’s New Constitution

Editor’s Notebook: Tunisia’s New Constitution

[ 0 ] April 10, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on APRIL 10, 2014:  This week Tunisian blogger, investigative journalist and activist Olfa Riahi is donating a signed copy of the new constitution of Tunisia and several books on Tunisian history, politics and revolution to the Duke University Libraries.  Riahi has been at Duke taking part in a month-long Media […]

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Abdullah Antepli: Hats Off to Brandeis University !

Abdullah Antepli: Hats Off to Brandeis University !

[ 0 ] April 10, 2014 |

by ABDULLAH ANTEPLI for DUKE CHRONICLE/HUFFINGTON POST on APRIL 10, 2014:  Last Monday morning, I read with disbelief and dismay that Brandeis University was scheduled to honor Ayan Hirsi Ali by awarding her an honorary degree as part of their commencement ceremony at the end of this academic year. My incurable optimism even made me […]

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An Iraqi Scholar-In-Exile Laments an Arab World “In the Age of Decay”

An Iraqi Scholar-In-Exile Laments an Arab World “In the Age of Decay”

[ 0 ] April 7, 2014 |

by ABDUL SATTAR JAWAD for ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 7, 2014: For many observers, including scholars, the uprisings in the Arab world in 2011 — commonly referred to as the Arab Spring — came unexpectedly and soon entered the global vocabulary as a Middle Eastern movement for justice and equality. Major world media outlets championed the […]

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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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French Muslim Rappers Pay Tribute to Their Religious Culture, and Assert Their French Identity

French Muslim Rappers Pay Tribute to Their Religious Culture, and Assert Their French Identity

[ 0 ] March 31, 2014 |

by AMBER WATSON for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 31, 2014: Ni violeur ni terroriste, c’est pour les ghettos qui montrent par l’exemple, les banlieues qui s’accrochent à la rampe Ni violeur ni terroriste, c’est pour les Hommes et les djinns, les hijabs et les jeans, Aboubakr et Médine –—  Médine (feat Aboubakr) “Ni violeur ni terroriste,” […]

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Pianist Malek Jandali on the Soft Power of Music and the Syrian Revolution

Pianist Malek Jandali on the Soft Power of Music and the Syrian Revolution

[ 0 ] March 27, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on MARCH 30, 2014:    “After three years of conflict and turmoil, Syria is now one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a child,” notes UNICEF in a new report. More than 10,000 children have been killed since the revolution began, and nearly 3 million have […]

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Benefit Concert for Syrian Children March 27 at Duke University

Benefit Concert for Syrian Children March 27 at Duke University

[ 0 ] March 25, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on MARCH 19, 2014:  DURHAM, N.C. — Syrian-American composer and human rights activist Malek Jandali will perform a benefit concert to help the suffering children of Syria on Thursday, March 27, at Duke University.  “The Voice of the Free Syrian Children” concert, which is free and open to the […]

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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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