Tag: Egypt

The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

[ 0 ] February 9, 2016 |

Mbaye Bashir Lo teaches at Duke University in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and is core faculty with the Duke Islamic Studies Center. This article highlights key elements in his current book project entitled “Justice versus Freedom: the Problem with Militant Islam.” He is currently a visiting scholar at l’Institut d’études de l’Islam […]

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WATCH: “Egypt–The Death of the Public Sphere” (w/Shahin,Hamzawy,Goldbery,El-Ghobashy,Jamal,Brown,Hashemi)

WATCH: “Egypt–The Death of the Public Sphere” (w/Shahin,Hamzawy,Goldbery,El-Ghobashy,Jamal,Brown,Hashemi)

[ 0 ] February 1, 2016 |

via DENVER UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR MIDDLE EAST STUDIES on DECEMBER 17, 2015:  A panel discussion was held at the Annual Meeting of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) on November 22, 2015 in Denver, with the exiled Egyptian scholars Emad Shahin (currently at Georgetown University) and Amr Hamzawy (Visiting Scholar at Stanford University), followed by […]

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Tahrir 5 Years Later: The Hurdles to Democratization & Arab Youth Revolts

Tahrir 5 Years Later: The Hurdles to Democratization & Arab Youth Revolts

[ 0 ] January 25, 2016 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JANUARY 25, 2016: A frequently met-with Western political and often journalistic narrative of the 2011 youth revolts in the Arab world is that idealistic young people came out into the streets and managed to overthrow four dictators, but then the essential Arab nature (violent, fanatical, tribal and sectarian) […]

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First-Person: The Refugee Story Isn’t Just a Tragedy

First-Person: The Refugee Story Isn’t Just a Tragedy

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

by LEENA EL-SADEK for DUKE MAGAZINE on DECEMBER 14, 2015:  As the daughter of Arab immigrants, I’ve often grappled with what home is. Born in the U.S., I spent the first few years of my life between Egypt and Mississippi as my parents were trying to discover the balance between heritage and opportunity. Dad learned […]

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LISTEN: Saba Mahmood on “Religious Difference in a Secular Age: A Minority Report”

[ 0 ] December 23, 2015 |

by SHERALI TAREEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on DECEMBER 7, 2015: It is commonly thought that violence, injustice, and discrimination against religious minorities, especially in the Middle East, are a product of religious fundamentalism and myopia. Concomitantly, it is often argued, that more of secularism and less of religion represents the solution to […]

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Middle Eastern Comics Anthology Makes Long-Sought Debut

Middle Eastern Comics Anthology Makes Long-Sought Debut

[ 0 ] December 16, 2015 |

via A. DAVID LEWIS: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Cambridge, MA – December 16, 2015. After over five years in development, the comics work of many independent Middle Eastern artists will finally be available with the release of Muqtatafat from Ninth Art Press. This will be the first anthology of comics from Arab countries to be published in […]

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Fearful of Protests, Egypt Keeps Stadia Closed

Fearful of Protests, Egypt Keeps Stadia Closed

[ 0 ] December 14, 2015 |

by JAMES M DORSEY for THE TURBULENT WORLD OF MIDDLE EAST SOCCER on DECEMBER 13, 2015:  Egyptian law enforcement authorities and the Egyptian Football Association (EFA), in a reflection of fears that stadia in Egypt could once more emerge as platforms for anti-government protest, have extended a ban on spectators attending matches that has been […]

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Theology, Ethics, Politics: Three Challenges for Islamic Reform (by Mohsen Kadivar)

Theology, Ethics, Politics: Three Challenges for Islamic Reform (by Mohsen Kadivar)

[ 0 ] December 8, 2015 |

Abstract: How should Islamic teachings relate to the specific conditions of modernity? Islamic Reform is the effort of Muslims to reconstruct Islamic teachings and practice in modern times. This lecture addresses the challenge of reforming Islamic doctrines in three related areas: theology, ethics and politics, with special reference to Shi`ism. It will be illustrated by […]

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A Resolute Commitment to Coexistence — Now That Projects Strength (by Charles Kurzman)

A Resolute Commitment to Coexistence — Now That Projects Strength (by Charles Kurzman)

[ 0 ] November 30, 2015 |

by CHARLES KURZMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 30, 2015:  Two years ago, al-Qaeda’s Iraqi franchise took Raqqa, Syria, from al-Qaeda’s Syrian franchise, and was promptly kicked out of al-Qaeda. Within the year, the rulers of Raqqa proclaimed themselves “the Islamic State” and embarked on a global campaign to spread their so-called caliphate throughout the world. […]

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Some Hot Topics at the Middle East Studies Association 2015 Conference

Some Hot Topics at the Middle East Studies Association 2015 Conference

[ 0 ] November 25, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 23, 2015 *updated on Nov. 25:  ISLAMiCommentary attended the annual Middle East Studies Association meeting this year (Nov. 21-24) — where hundreds of scholars from all over the world have gathered. See @ISLAMiComment on Twitter and also follow ‪#MESA2015Denver and #MESA2015 for insightful tweets by scholars and other participants in this […]

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