Tag: Saudi Arabia

A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of ‘What is Veiling?’

A Conversation with Sahar Amer, Author of ‘What is Veiling?’

[ 0 ] October 13, 2014 |

ISLAMiCommentary editor’s note: There seems to be no end to controversies and misunderstandings surrounding veiling. Here is a Q & A with Islamic studies professor Sahar Amer on her new book “What is Veiling” followed by an op-ed she wrote for the online journal “The Conversation” on debates on veiling in Australia. Amer also did […]

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Joshua Landis on ISIS, Syria & the “Great Sorting Out” in the Middle East

[ 0 ] October 10, 2014 |

via UNIVERSITY OF DENVER CENTER FOR MIDDLE EAST STUDIES (CMES CONVERSATIONS) on OCTOBER 7, 2014:  Danny Postel, Associate Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, in conversation with Joshua Landis, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, former president of the Syrian Studies […]

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Is All Morality Gone? Condemning ISIS, and Beyond, in a World of Suffering (by Omid Safi)

Is All Morality Gone? Condemning ISIS, and Beyond, in a World of Suffering (by Omid Safi)

[ 0 ] October 6, 2014 |

by OMID SAFI for ON BEING on OCTOBER 6, 2014:  Where do we stand with respect to suffering? What do we have to say when hatred and violence finds a ready audience in global images, and love and tenderness are exiled to a private realm? What does it mean to be rooted in a prophetic […]

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WATCH: Gathering for This Year’s Hajj

[ 0 ] October 1, 2014 |

Numbers involved with this year’s Hajj pilgrimage – in 60 seconds. (via BBC News above) Related:  The Hajj is an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca, and a mandatory religious duty for Muslims which must be carried out at least once in lifetime by every adult Muslim who is physically and financially capable of undertaking the […]

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Jane Kinninmont: Why Arab States Are Supporting the US in Syria

[ 0 ] September 25, 2014 |

“Greater military assertiveness by the Gulf countries, and Gulf cooperation with the larger armies in Egypt and Jordan, are key regional trends to watch. Gulf countries will remain keen to expand their own limited military capabilities and be less reliant on the US, just in case it is not always there to guard them.”  by […]

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WATCH: Classified Pages of a 9/11 Report May Implicate Key U.S. Ally (via PBS)

[ 0 ] September 12, 2014 |

by JEFFREY BROWN for PBS NEWSHOUR on SEPTEMBER 11, 2014:  Thirteen years since September 11, 2001, some revelations of a joint congressional inquiry into the 9/11 attacks remain classified. But some lawmakers argue the secret pages reveal little about national security and a great deal about Saudi Arabia’s role in the attacks. Lawrence Wright, whose […]

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Take a Deep Breath and Build a Coalition to Confront ISIS (by David Schanzer and Tim Nichols)

Take a Deep Breath and Build a Coalition to Confront ISIS (by David Schanzer and Tim Nichols)

[ 2 ] September 8, 2014 |

by DAVID SCHANZER and LT. COL. TIM NICHOLS (U.S.M.C. RET.) for ISLAMiCommentary on SEPTEMBER 8, 2014: As people who have been studying and, at times, directly involved in, counter terrorism efforts in the U.S. since 9/11, we have been disappointed in the over-hyped public reaction to the emergence of the Islamic State of Iraq and […]

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Brits’ Disappearance Casts Shadow Over Qatari World Cup Efforts; Shines Light on UAE

[ 0 ] September 5, 2014 |

by JAMES DORSEY for THE TURBULENT WORLD OF MIDDLE EAST SOCCER on SEPTEMBER 5, 2014:  The disappearance of two British World Cup 2022-related labour rights researchers points to apparent escalating hostility between Qatar and the United Arab Emirates over Doha’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood; highlights the Gulf state’s lack of transparency with its silence […]

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MUST SEE: Illustrations Inspired by Political Controversy (At UNC through 10/31)

MUST SEE: Illustrations Inspired by Political Controversy (At UNC through 10/31)

[ 0 ] September 4, 2014 |

by ANITA RAO & FRANK STASIO for WUNC’S “THE STATE OF THINGS” on AUGUST 28, 2014:  When Kuwaiti artist and graphic designer Mohammad Sharaf gets angry, he creates art. His illustrations touch on topics ranging from women’s rights in the Middle East, and Kuwaiti social politics to specific current events, like Saudi Arabia’s recent decision to allow women to drive motorcycles […]

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Let the Middle East Govern Itself (Jeffrey Sachs)

[ 0 ] September 3, 2014 |

by JEFFREY SACHS for PROJECT SYNDICATE on SEPTEMBER 1, 2014:  NEW YORK – It is time for the United States and other powers to let the Middle East govern itself in line with national sovereignty and the United Nations Charter. As the US contemplates yet another round of military action in Iraq and intervention in Syria, it […]

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