Tag: Duke Islamic Studies Center

Omid Safi New Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center

Omid Safi New Director of Duke Islamic Studies Center

[ 1 ] July 22, 2014 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, for DUKE TODAY on JULY 22, 2014:  Omid Safi, (pictured) a prominent Islamic studies professor and scholar, joined the faculty of Duke this month as director of the Duke Islamic Studies Center (DISC). As the new William and Bettye Martin Musham Director for Islamic Studies, Safi will oversee DISC, […]

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Laïcité, French Hypocrisy, and the ECHR Ruling on the Niqab (Claudia Koonz)

Laïcité, French Hypocrisy, and the ECHR Ruling on the Niqab (Claudia Koonz)

[ 1 ] July 10, 2014 |

If the French nation is truly secular, why does it not purge its Catholic national favoritism? After all, only about 20 percent of all French people consider themselves devout.   by CLAUDIA KOONZ for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 10, 2014:  The recent European Court of Human Rights decision to uphold the French ban against niqabs (full-faced veils, showing only […]

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How #iranelection Transformed the Public Sphere

How #iranelection Transformed the Public Sphere

[ 0 ] June 16, 2014 |

“What happened during the course of the long months of unrest and the protests online that followed the Iranian presidential election of 2009, changed the whole architecture of journalism, teaching and publishing. What changed too was the way we were using social media — from avatar activism to the functionality of the hashtag as slogan […]

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Pope Francis and the Holy Land: Is Religion the Pathway to Peace?

Pope Francis and the Holy Land: Is Religion the Pathway to Peace?

[ 1 ] June 10, 2014 |

by SHALOM GOLDMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 10, 2014:  “A Christian, a Muslim and a Jew walk into a… “ Sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s a serious refrain that’s become especially familiar over the last few weeks. In May, the Pope makes a Holy Land pilgrimage to Amman, Bethlehem and Jerusalem […]

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WATCH: Muslim Headscarves in Europe, the Crucifix, the Courts, and Popular Media

[ 0 ] June 10, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 10, 2014:  Claudia Koonz, a Professor Emeritus of History from Duke University, delivered a fascinating presentation on “Muslim Headscarves and the European Court of Human Rights” this Spring during a workshop at Duke University on “Reasonable Accommodations: Minorities in the Globalized Nation States.” Koonz laid out four 1990s case […]

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WATCH: RTI Experts Discuss International Development and Education Initiatives for Youth

WATCH: RTI Experts Discuss International Development and Education Initiatives for Youth

[ 0 ] June 8, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary (via RTI International and partners at Duke University –”Professors and Practitioners in Conversation” series) on JUNE 8, 2014:  Leaders from RTI International and Duke University on April 9, 2014 gathered for a public discussion on “Education Initiatives and International Development: Shaping Opportunities for Youth.” The event was part of an ongoing […]

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Global Expressions of Classical Islam on Display at Duke

Global Expressions of Classical Islam on Display at Duke

[ 0 ] June 6, 2014 |

by AMBER WATSON for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 6, 2014:  At a time when events in the so-called “Islamic world” are most often portrayed through the lenses of political science and theory — often concentrating on government policies, war, civil strife, and socioeconomic development — Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies and History Mona Hassan re-directs the conversation with […]

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When Bibi Meets Modi: Israel and the Indian Elections

When Bibi Meets Modi: Israel and the Indian Elections

[ 2 ] May 21, 2014 |

by SHALOM GOLDMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 21, 2014: After weeks-long elections in India, the Hindu nationalist BJP party, with Narendra Modi as prime-minister elect, has emerged as the overwhelming victor in a hotly contested campaign. The election results were both an affirmation of the BJP’s policies and ideologies and a resounding defeat for the […]

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WATCH: Hybrid Regimes, Hybrid Social Movements, and Chaos Post-Arab Spring

[ 0 ] May 20, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN on MAY 21, 2014:  Abdelhay Moudden, who teaches in the political science department of the Mohamed V University in Morocco, presented on “Hybrid Regimes, Hybrid Social Movements, and Chaos: Post-Arab Spring Conditions” as part of a panel discussion on “Art, Revolutions, and the Ethics of Alternative Social Projects” at the Arts of […]

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WATCH: Queer and Feminist Opposition in Turkey

WATCH: Queer and Feminist Opposition in Turkey

[ 0 ] May 14, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 14, 2014:  A two-day event on the Arts of Revolution in the Middle East was held at Duke University on 28-29 March 2014. The conference explored the relationship between revolutionary politics and aesthetics, focusing on the democratic potential of popular forms of expression. Discussions revolved mainly […]

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