Tag: Iran

Pew: U.S. Doesn’t Rank High in Religious Diversity

Pew: U.S. Doesn’t Rank High in Religious Diversity

[ 0 ] April 4, 2014 |

by ALAN COOPERMAN and MICHAEL LIPKA for PEW RESEARCH CENTER on APRIL 4, 2014: The United States has often been described as a religiously diverse country, an image celebrated in forums ranging from scholarly work to a popular bumper sticker and even a recent Coca-Cola commercial during the Super Bowl. But, from a global perspective, the United States really is not all that religiously diverse, […]

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“Afghanistan: The Next Phase” — What’s at Stake in the April 5 Elections and Beyond?

“Afghanistan: The Next Phase” — What’s at Stake in the April 5 Elections and Beyond?

[ 0 ] April 3, 2014 |

“There is a young and forward looking generation of youth that don’t want to associate themselves with the warlordism/the Civil War of the 1990s, that identify themselves as Afghans and don’t identify themselves necessarily along ethnic lines.  Afghanistan has a very robust and vital press compared to its neighbors I think. And they enjoy I […]

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Happy New Year! Norooz 101- An Illustrated Guide to the Persian New Year

Happy New Year! Norooz 101- An Illustrated Guide to the Persian New Year

[ 0 ] March 19, 2014 |

via FIG & QUINCE (Blog about Persian Food & Culture), FEBRUARY 21,  2014:  The Iranian New Year is called Norooz. It is pronounced as if you’re going to say “no rues” and literally means: “New Day.” Norooz starts at the precise moment when winter ends and spring begins and it is officially celebrated for two whole weeks. It’s […]

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The Qatar Brand is Thriving

The Qatar Brand is Thriving

[ 0 ] March 10, 2014 |

by miriam cooke for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 11, 2014:  When you’re looking for global exposure no coverage is bad. And Qatar is hungry for media attention as a nation state portending a new future for the Arab world. Until 1970 when the British left, Arab Gulf neighbors were all members of the same tribes living […]

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The Crimean Crisis and the Middle East: Will Syria & Iran be the Winners? (Juan Cole)

The Crimean Crisis and the Middle East: Will Syria & Iran be the Winners? (Juan Cole)

[ 0 ] March 3, 2014 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on MARCH 3, 2014:  The Russian intervention in the Crimea is more direct and dramatic than the one in Syria, with actual troops deployed. But there are similarities. One of the little-noted rationales for Russian support for the Baath government in Damascus is that it is seen as more […]

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An Unchecked AKP is Endangering the Turkish Model

An Unchecked AKP is Endangering the Turkish Model

[ 0 ] February 19, 2014 |

by ERDAĞ GÖKNAR for ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 19, 2014: Most observers agree that Turkey’s ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) has mishandled the current political crisis. The AKP, led by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, once aspired to civil society and pluralism, but has recently embraced a strain of single-party authoritarianism. The government has sought increased […]

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Russia’s Influence in Syria: The Million Ruble Question (Aron Lund)

Russia’s Influence in Syria: The Million Ruble Question (Aron Lund)

[ 0 ] February 10, 2014 |

by ARON LUND for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE on FEBRUARY 7, 2014:  When the governments of the United States and Russia began planning for the Geneva II conference on peace in Syria, a simple division of labor was drawn up. The United States would be responsible for bringing the opposition to the table and making it sign […]

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James Dorsey On the Political Roots of Soccer Clubs in the MENA Region

[ 0 ] February 10, 2014 |

by MICHAEL BROOKS for ASLAN MEDIA/INTERSECTION on FEBRUARY 7, 2014:  On this week’s podcast, host Michael Brooks speaks with James M. Dorsey, Senior Fellow at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and the creator of the blog The Turbulent World of Middle East Soccer, on the political roots of soccer clubs in the MENA region, what we can […]

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Omid Safi: Reflections on the State of Islamic Studies

Omid Safi: Reflections on the State of Islamic Studies

[ 0 ] February 3, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for JADALIYYA on JANUARY 31, 2014:  I have been asked to share my impressions about the state of Islamic studies in the North American academy. Given that the pioneers of this field include many of my mentors, and many of my own peers have struggled for years to help advance the field […]

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Robert Kaplan: The Meaning of Iran

[ 0 ] January 31, 2014 |

by ROBERT KAPLAN for STRATFOR on JANUARY 29, 2014:  The nuclear talks with Iran have two meanings. For those highly skeptical of the process the talks are, or should be, about nuclear weapons — and about preventing Iran from obtaining them. For the Obama administration, which is committed to the process, the nuclear issue is […]

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