Tag: Egypt

Shana Marshall: The Egyptian Armed Forces and the Remaking of an Economic Empire

[ 0 ] April 16, 2015 |

by SHANA MARSHALL for CARNEGIE MIDDLE EAST CENTER on APRIL 15, 2015:  The Egyptian military has gained unprecedented power since overseeing the ouster of two Egyptian presidents, Hosni Mubarak in 2011 and Mohamed Morsi in 2013. With its major political rivals sidelined, more than $20 billion in Gulf aid, and widespread domestic support for General-Turned-President […]

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Return of the Public Square: Failure or Not, the Arab Spring ‘Made People More Politically Active & Aware’

Return of the Public Square: Failure or Not, the Arab Spring ‘Made People More Politically Active & Aware’

[ 0 ] April 1, 2015 |

“One of the most important outcomes of these movements has been the return of politics to the public sphere and the return of the square as the place for it” — Nezar AlSayyad, professor of architecture, planning, urban design and urban history at the University of California at Berkeley  by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on […]

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WATCH: Scholars Reflect on the Legacy of Malcolm X (Part 3, inc. conference videos)

WATCH: Scholars Reflect on the Legacy of Malcolm X (Part 3, inc. conference videos)

[ 0 ] March 20, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 20, 2015:  February 21, 2015 marked the 50th anniversary of the assassination of one of the most iconic leaders of the 20th century, Malcolm X El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. His life — as a black figure, as a Muslim figure, and as an international figure — and legacy have gotten widespread media […]

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Ziauddin Sardar: “Much of What We Believe in is Manufactured Dogma”

[ 0 ] March 12, 2015 |

Ziauddin Sardar discussing some key issues facing Muslim societies and how must they be addressed. by FARAH ZIA for THE NEWS ON SUNDAY(PAKISTAN) on MARCH 8, 2015: Ziauddin Sardar is a firm believer in engaging with Muslims and interpreting the Sharia according to the needs of contemporary times. That obviously is not the dominant thought […]

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What Does Arab Comics Culture Look Like ? (by M. Lynx Qualey)

[ 0 ] March 9, 2015 |

by M LYNX QUALEY for ARABIC LITERATURE (blog) on FEBRUARY 27, 2015: Yesterday at Brown University, scholars and artists met for an afternoon symposium about “Arab Comics: 90 Years of Popular Visual Culture”: In Nadim Damluji’s presentation — “The Violence of Localizing Western Comics for Arab Children” — he began with a slide boiling down recognizably […]

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WATCH: A Special 50th Anniv. Commemoration of the Assassination of Malcolm X

WATCH: A Special 50th Anniv. Commemoration of the Assassination of Malcolm X

[ 0 ] February 24, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 24, 2015:  Today’s featured video is a live stream recording of a conference on Malcolm X held on February 21, 2015 in New York titled “A Special 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Assassination of Malcolm X.” Below is the poster describing the event, speakers, and sponsors.

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Today’s Top 7 Myths About Daesh (by Juan Cole for Informed Comment)

Today’s Top 7 Myths About Daesh (by Juan Cole for Informed Comment)

[ 0 ] February 24, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on FEBRUARY 17, 2015*Updated on February 24, 2015 w/new related pieces:  The self-styled ‘Islamic State’ Group (ISIS or ISIL), the Arabic acronym for which is Daesh, is increasingly haunting the nightmares of Western journalists and security analysts. I keep seeing some assertions about it that strike me as exaggerated […]

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The Middle East and China (by Ambassador Chas Freeman for Lobelog)

[ 0 ] February 18, 2015 |

by CHAS W. FREEMAN for LOBELOG on FEBRUARY 17, 2015:  The Middle East is where Africa, Asia, and Europe come together and where the trade routes between China, India, and Europe converge. It has two-thirds of the world’s energy reserves. It is also the epicenter of this planet’s increasing religious strife. Relationships between this strategically […]

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Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

[ 0 ] February 17, 2015 |

by PENDA MBOW for SUD ONLINE on JANUARY 15, 2015 *originally published in French, translated here in English:  The time has come, a week after the tragic and inexcusable events in Paris, the killing of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and the taking of hostages in a Hypercacher supermarket, to begin an honest debate among all, […]

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WATCH: “Links Between Libyan Jihadists and ISIS Go Back a Very Long Time”

[ 0 ] February 16, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 16, 2015:  National Security Analyst Peter Bergen, in the above video gives context to the yesterday’s reported beheading by ISIS of Egyptian Coptic Christians who had been working in Libya. “Links between Libyan jihadists and ISIS and its parent organization al-Qaeda in Iraq go back a very […]

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