Tag: Duke University

5 Questions by Which to Judge Obama’s Decision to Return US Forces to Combat (Peter Feaver)

5 Questions by Which to Judge Obama’s Decision to Return US Forces to Combat (Peter Feaver)

[ 0 ] August 20, 2014 |

by PETER FEAVER for FOREIGN POLICY on AUGUST 19, 2014:  President Barack Obama took a big gamble in recommitting U.S. forces into combat in Iraq’s civil war. I think he made the right choice, and so do the American people (so far). Despite being told over and over again by pundits that they must oppose […]

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Mbaye Lo on “Islamic Radicalism and the End of Time”

Mbaye Lo on “Islamic Radicalism and the End of Time”

[ 0 ] August 13, 2014 |

by MBAYE LO for AL ARABIYA INSTITUTE FOR STUDIES on AUGUST 10, 2014:  Two weeks ago I attended the Friday sermon at Niamey’s Grand Mosque in the Republic of Niger. The imam reminded the congregation that “these are troubling times: there is killing everywhere, and certainly, these are signs of the end of time.” He summoned […]

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Israel Can’t Afford to Lose Jews Like Me (David Schanzer)

Israel Can’t Afford to Lose Jews Like Me (David Schanzer)

[ 7 ] August 8, 2014 |

by DAVID H. SCHANZER for ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 8, 2014: Writing in the New York Times today, columnist Shmuel Rosner labeled non-Israeli liberal Jews that are becoming more estranged from modern day Israel, as “fair weather fans” that Israel both can and should ignore. He is dead wrong on both counts. I am far from […]

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Scholars & Experts on ISIS and the Caliphate, Yazidis, the KRG, and US Intervention in Iraq

Scholars & Experts on ISIS and the Caliphate, Yazidis, the KRG, and US Intervention in Iraq

[ 0 ] August 8, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, UPDATED AUGUST 18, 2014:   Some academic resources/books on Yazidis, via Sociology of Islam Listserv and scholar Asil Nasir Dyck: 1) Asil Nasir Dyck, British travel accounts on the Yazidis of Northern Iraq, 1800-1850, [M.A. thesis], History and Archeology, American University of Beirut, 1974. 2) Sami said Ahmed, […]

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Wanderlust: Duke Students Document Their Journeys to Morocco, Cameroon, Qatar, Turkey, Bosnia, Spain

Wanderlust: Duke Students Document Their Journeys to Morocco, Cameroon, Qatar, Turkey, Bosnia, Spain

[ 0 ] August 6, 2014 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary using submissions by DUKE STUDENTS  for GEOReflects Photo Contest 2014/Duke Global Education for Undergraduates:  All photos submitted had to have been taken during the students’ Global Education program. A 100-200 word reflection and title accompanied each entry. According to contest rules, the only subject matter restriction was that the work […]

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Charles J. Dunlap, Jr: Will ‘Lawfare’ Define the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict?

Charles J. Dunlap, Jr: Will ‘Lawfare’ Define the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict?

[ 0 ] July 31, 2014 |

“Of all the laws of armed conflict, the most basic is the requirement that belligerents distinguish between combatants and civilians and attack only the former. Accordingly, in the present conflict, Hamas and Israel have sought to assign the other blame for the rising numbers of civilian casualties in an obvious effort to convince world opinion […]

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About a Girl: To ‘Liesel’ in Gaza…

About a Girl: To ‘Liesel’ in Gaza…

[ 0 ] July 30, 2014 |

by ROBIN KIRK for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 30, 2014: Of all of the images of the destruction being visited upon Gaza and Israel, why did the picture of a girl retrieving her books from the rubble stop me cold? The image was originally posted, as far as I can tell, by the Palestinian Information Center […]

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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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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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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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