Tag: Iran

The Roots of Homophobia and Anti-Gay Sentiment in the Muslim World (by Ali Olomi)

The Roots of Homophobia and Anti-Gay Sentiment in the Muslim World (by Ali Olomi)

[ 0 ] March 30, 2016 |

by ALI OLOMI for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 30, 2016:  In March 2016 Payam Feili, a young Iranian poet, took refuge in Israel because he faced persecution in his home country for being openly gay. Feili’s situation is not unique for many LGBTQ individuals in the Middle East. Homosexuality is a crime in nearly two dozen […]

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Mara Leichtman on Lebanese Migration & Shi’i Religious Conversion in Senegal (Book Q & A)

Mara Leichtman on Lebanese Migration & Shi’i Religious Conversion in Senegal (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] March 18, 2016 |

“Opinion leaders and policy-makers unfortunately have a tendency to equate Lebanese Shi‘ism with Hizbullah and to assume all Shi‘a are connected to Iran. My book documents very different dynamics. I do examine the spread of the Arab-Israeli conflict to Senegal, but this plays out differently in the diaspora than it does in Lebanon. I also […]

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“No Matter How Bad it Gets, Don’t Come Back”

“No Matter How Bad it Gets, Don’t Come Back”

[ 1 ] February 29, 2016 |

Afghan Refugee Gulwali Passarlay Opens Up About His Remarkable Year-Long Journey to the UK, in Conversation with Duke Students  by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 29, 2016:  “Before I died, I contemplated how drowning would feel. It was clear to me now; this was how I would go: away from my mother’s warmth, […]

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LISTEN: Kishwar Rizvi on “The Transnational Mosque” in the Middle East

[ 0 ] February 22, 2016 |

by SHERALI TAREEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on FEBRUARY 8, 2016:  In her excellent new book The Transnational Mosque: Architecture and Historical Memory in the Contemporary Middle East (UNC Press, 2015), Kishwar Rizvi, Associate Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, interrogates the interaction of history, memory, and architecture by exploring […]

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WATCH: The Inside Story of the Iran Nuclear Deal (with Wendy Sherman, Peter Feaver)

WATCH: The Inside Story of the Iran Nuclear Deal (with Wendy Sherman, Peter Feaver)

[ 0 ] February 12, 2016 |

via SANFORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY on FEBRUARY 10, 2016:  Ambassador Wendy R. Sherman, former undersecretary of state for political affairs, provides an insider’s view of negotiations that led to the Iran nuclear deal. As undersecretary for political affairs from September 2011 to October 2015, Sherman led the series of U.S. negotiations with Iran that […]

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WATCH: Inside the Prison Swap with Iran which Freed Washington Post Reporter

[ 0 ] January 19, 2016 |

with EMAD KYAEI and HARI SREENIVASAN for PBS on JANUARY 16, 2016:  Iran freed five Americans, including “Washington Post” reporter Jason Rezaian, who had been jailed 18 months on espionage charges that his newspaper called “trumped up”. “The Post” said it couldn’t be happier about his release. Rezaian and three other men freed, including a former […]

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Trita Parsi on the U.S. & Iran: Can the Nuclear Deal Bring Friendship ?

Trita Parsi on the U.S. & Iran: Can the Nuclear Deal Bring Friendship ?

[ 0 ] January 14, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 14, 2016: On Nov. 3-4 president of the National Iranian American Council Trita Parsi spoke on “The U.S. and Iran: Can the Nuclear Deal Bring Friendship?” at UNC-Chapel Hill at Duke. Parsi, who’s also been a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, is an […]

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Ten Ways on How Not To Think About the Iran/Saudi Conflict (by Omid Safi)

Ten Ways on How Not To Think About the Iran/Saudi Conflict (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] January 7, 2016 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on JANUARY 7, 2016:  EXCERPT: There are many political scientists and public policy pundits that you can turn to for grasping the geopolitics of the situation. You can listen to Vali Nasr, dean of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, with NPR’s Renee Montaigne, and on PRI’s The […]

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LISTEN: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran

LISTEN: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran

[ 0 ] January 5, 2016 |

by SHERALI TAREEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on DECEMBER 30, 2015:  In her fascinating new book Professing Selves: Transsexuality and Same-Sex Desire in Contemporary Iran (Duke University Press, 2015), Afsaneh Najmabadi, Professor of History and of Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality at Harvard University, explores shifting meanings of transsexuality in contemporary Iran. […]

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Top 7 Middle East Foreign Policy Challenges in 2016 (by Juan Cole)

Top 7 Middle East Foreign Policy Challenges in 2016 (by Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] January 4, 2016 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JANUARY 1, 2016:  My own feeling is that the US engagement with the Middle East is likely to remain so intense only for another two decades or so. As fossil fuels are replaced with renewables, the outsized role that the oil Gulf plays in world affairs will decline. […]

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