Tag: Syria Christians

Juan Cole: Top Ten things Americans Need to Know about Syria if They’re Going to Threaten to Bomb It

Juan Cole: Top Ten things Americans Need to Know about Syria if They’re Going to Threaten to Bomb It

[ 0 ] September 12, 2013 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on SEPTEMBER 12, 2013:  Ambrose Bierce is said to be the author of the saying “War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.” Despite the vigorous national debate about intervening in Syria, there is some reason to think that most Americans could not find it on a map. Here […]

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LISTEN: Nancy Khalek on “Damascus after the Muslim Conquest — Text and Image in Early Islam” (Book)

LISTEN: Nancy Khalek on “Damascus after the Muslim Conquest — Text and Image in Early Islam” (Book)

[ 0 ] September 9, 2013 |

by MATTHEW LONG for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on SEPTEMBER 6, 2013:  A top five finalist for the Best First Book in the History of Religion Award, Damascus after the Muslim Conquest (Oxford University Press, 2011) by Nancy Khalek, professor of Religious Studies at Brown University, is a study of the city of Damascus, the seat of power […]

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WATCH: Joshua Landis Explains What’s at Stake in Syria

WATCH: Joshua Landis Explains What’s at Stake in Syria

[ 0 ] September 4, 2013 |

LARA SETRAKIAN INTERVIEWS JOSHUA LANDIS (VIA GOOGLE HANGOUT) on SEPTEMBER 2, 2013:  Lara Satrakian is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of Syria Deeply, a newly-launched independent digital media project led by journalists and technologists, exploring a new model of storytelling around a global crisis. Satrakian spent more than five years as a foreign correspondent, covering the Middle East for […]

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James Zogby: Stop the Madness

James Zogby: Stop the Madness

[ 0 ] June 7, 2013 |

by JAMES ZOGBY for ARAB AMERICAN INSTITUTE  on JUNE 3, 2013:  In “Looking at Iran“, a report on Iran’s precipitous decline in Arab public opinion, our polling establishes several trends in attitudes unfolding across the Middle East. The most worrisome is the deepening sectarian divide that threatens to unravel several states, posing a long-term challenge […]

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LISTEN: Syrian Rebels, Secular And Islamist, Both Claim The Future

[ 0 ] February 27, 2013 |

by DEBORAH AMOS for NPR (Morning Edition) on FEBRUARY 27, 2013:  Syria’s Islamists have grown in influence as the war against President Bashar Assad’s government grinds on. They have proved to be effective fighters, well armed and funded. But as Islamists have grown stronger on the battlefield, more Syrians are asking about their political ideas […]

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James Dorsey: Beitar Jerusalem and Egypt’s President Morsi — Two Vignettes of Racism

[ 0 ] January 29, 2013 |

by JAMES DORSEY for THE TURBULENT WORLD OF MIDDLE EAST SOCCER (BLOG) on JANUARY 30, 2013:  Racism raised its ugly head twice in the Middle East in recent weeks: Anti-Muslim, anti-Arab supporters of right wing Israeli soccer club Beitar Jerusalem rejected the hiring of two Chechen Muslim players while Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi struggled to play down […]

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Muslims and Christmas 2012

Muslims and Christmas 2012

[ 0 ] December 30, 2012 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary, on DECEMBER 30, 2012:      Below are excerpts of a couple commentaries and articles about Muslims and Christmas — including observing the holiday, volunteering, making charitable donations, and interfaith collaboration. This photo (front page and left) is of Arab American Associations of New York volunteers sorting Christmas toys […]

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UN Report on Syria: Human Rights Laws Breached, Conflict Overtly Sectarian

[ 0 ] December 20, 2012 |

by UN NEWS CENTRE on DECEMBER 20, 2012:  The new 10-page update – the latest in a series of reports and updates – paints a bleak picture of the conflict and continuing international human rights and humanitarian law violations taking place in Syria, with civilians continuing to bear the brunt as the front lines between […]

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Joshua Landis on Syria: It’s Going to Be Long and Bloody and Assad Isn’t Going Anytime Soon

Joshua Landis on Syria: It’s Going to Be Long and Bloody and Assad Isn’t Going Anytime Soon

[ 1 ] November 4, 2012 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 31, 2012:  With the weekend Eid al Adha “ceasefire” broken in Syria, and continuous fighting since, there appears to be less and less hope of a resolution to the sectarian conflict in Syria that is turning into a civil war and an international quagmire. Noted Syria scholar, […]

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