Tag: Duke University Islamic Studies Center

Alexander Kirshner on ‘The Paradox of Militant Democracy’

Alexander Kirshner on ‘The Paradox of Militant Democracy’

[ 0 ] October 10, 2013 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 9, 2013:  Assistant Professor of Political Science at Duke University Alex Kirshner gave an intellectually challenging public talk last month on “A Theory of Militant Democracy: The Ethics of Combatting Political Extremism,” touching on cases ranging from Reconstruction-era American history, to 1992 Algeria, to 1997 Turkey, and to […]

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Ellen McLarney: Women’s Rights in the Egyptian Constitution — (Neo)Liberalism’s Family Values

Ellen McLarney: Women’s Rights in the Egyptian Constitution — (Neo)Liberalism’s Family Values

[ 0 ] May 29, 2013 |

by ELLEN MCLARNEY for JADALIYYA on MAY 22, 2013 (updated with video on MAY 29, 2013) : “Woman and the constitution: Fear of woman’s marginalization rules over all” blared an April 2012 headline in al-Ahram, joining other protests over the role of women in Egypt’s new constitution. Organizations (“EgyptSoft”) sprang up, with articles and posts about how “the […]

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Coptic Pope Tawadros II: The Church Should Stay out of Politics

[ 0 ] January 7, 2013 |

by RAWYA RAGEH for AL JAZEERA on JANUARY 6, 2013: Egypt’s new Coptic pope, Tawadros II, is urging Egyptians to end street protesting and work on rebuilding the country. In his first interview with an international English-language channel, he told Al Jazeera the church should stay out of politics.   EDITOR’S NOTE: On February 7, […]

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Ebrahim Moosa: Morsi’s Last Chance

Ebrahim Moosa: Morsi’s Last Chance

[ 3 ] December 8, 2012 |

by EBRAHIM MOOSA for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 8, 2012: President Mohammad Morsi of Egypt should scrap his tough guy image and appetite for power grabs. In canceling the decree that gave him sweeping powers, he took a step in the right direction tonight. But he is not out of the political woods yet.

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Abdeslam Maghraoui: Morsi the Pragmatist?

Abdeslam Maghraoui: Morsi the Pragmatist?

[ 0 ] November 27, 2012 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on NOVEMBER 27, 2012:  Q and A with ABDESLAM MAGHRAOUI Egyptians are protesting President Mohammed Morsi’s decrees last week that granted him near-absolute powers and immunity from legal oversight. But his key role in securing a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas shows that he is a pragmatic politician rather […]

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Abdullah Antepli: Prophetic Voices Needed

Abdullah Antepli: Prophetic Voices Needed

[ 0 ] November 20, 2012 |

by ABDULLAH ANTEPLI for THE (DUKE) CHRONICLE on NOVEMBER 20, 2012:  Today is the sixth day of the Muslim New Year, and in two days we will celebrate the long-awaited Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S. This is a providential overlap created by Islam’s lunar calendar crossing paths with the Western Gregorian calendar. This overlap […]

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WATCH: A History of Shia Juridical Thought by Profs. Cole, Kadivar, Mottahedeh, and Kamaly

WATCH: A History of Shia Juridical Thought by Profs. Cole, Kadivar, Mottahedeh, and Kamaly

[ 0 ] November 15, 2012 |

by COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY (THE MIDDLE EAST INSTITUTE AND DEPARTMENT OF HISTORY), on NOVEMBER 9, 2012: On November 9, 2012 Columbia University hosted a panel on “Iran: A History of Shia Juridical Thought.”  The panelists were University of Michigan History Professor Juan Cole, Visiting Research Professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University and Carnegie Ethics Fellow […]

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John Zogby:  The Anatomy of a Re-election (at Duke on November 14)

John Zogby: The Anatomy of a Re-election (at Duke on November 14)

[ 0 ] November 14, 2012 |

by JOHN ZOGBY for FORBES on NOVEMBER 7, 2012:  President Barack Obama has won and the exit polls show why. First and foremost, the share of the electorate that is white dropped from 74% in 2008 to 72%. African Americans accounted for 13% of the total, Hispanics 10%, and Asian Americans and others 5%. The white percentage […]

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Scholars: After Sandy — Presidential Rhetoric and Visions of Solidarity

[ 0 ] November 6, 2012 |

by THE EDITORS at THE IMMANENT FRAME on NOVEMBER 5, 2012:  On Monday afternoon as Hurricane Sandy threatened landfall, President Obama warned reporters gathered at the White House that the storm would be a difficult one, and urged a collective, unifying response. In the wake of the storm, Obama has often shifted away from the polarized rhetoric of the campaign trail […]

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Joshua Landis on Syria: It’s Going to Be Long and Bloody and Assad Isn’t Going Anytime Soon

Joshua Landis on Syria: It’s Going to Be Long and Bloody and Assad Isn’t Going Anytime Soon

[ 1 ] November 4, 2012 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 31, 2012:  With the weekend Eid al Adha “ceasefire” broken in Syria, and continuous fighting since, there appears to be less and less hope of a resolution to the sectarian conflict in Syria that is turning into a civil war and an international quagmire. Noted Syria scholar, […]

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