Tag: Tunisia

Return of the Public Square: Failure or Not, the Arab Spring ‘Made People More Politically Active & Aware’

Return of the Public Square: Failure or Not, the Arab Spring ‘Made People More Politically Active & Aware’

[ 0 ] April 1, 2015 |

“One of the most important outcomes of these movements has been the return of politics to the public sphere and the return of the square as the place for it” — Nezar AlSayyad, professor of architecture, planning, urban design and urban history at the University of California at Berkeley  by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on […]

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WATCH: Tunisia Museum Shooting (17 tourists, 2 gunmen killed)

[ 0 ] March 18, 2015 |

via BBC NEWS on MARCH 18, 2015:  The Tunisian prime minister says 19 people were killed — 17of them tourists — in an attack by gunmen on the main museum in the capital, Tunis. “Huge disaster has befallen Tunisia”. Those are the words of president Beji Caid El Essebsi. The two gunmen who carried out […]

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Ziauddin Sardar: “Much of What We Believe in is Manufactured Dogma”

[ 0 ] March 12, 2015 |

Ziauddin Sardar discussing some key issues facing Muslim societies and how must they be addressed. by FARAH ZIA for THE NEWS ON SUNDAY(PAKISTAN) on MARCH 8, 2015: Ziauddin Sardar is a firm believer in engaging with Muslims and interpreting the Sharia according to the needs of contemporary times. That obviously is not the dominant thought […]

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Ellen McLarney: Why Arab Spring Made Life Better in Tunisia, Failed Everywhere Else

Ellen McLarney: Why Arab Spring Made Life Better in Tunisia, Failed Everywhere Else

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by ELLEN MCLARNEY for REUTERS on FEBRUARY 18, 2015:  Earlier this month, Tunisia’s newly elected parliament cobbled together a coalition government led by a secular party that included its Islamist rivals, who had been democratically ousted from power. The new government, coming on the heels of a historic presidential election, a new constitution and the […]

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Today’s Top 7 Myths About Daesh (by Juan Cole for Informed Comment)

Today’s Top 7 Myths About Daesh (by Juan Cole for Informed Comment)

[ 0 ] February 24, 2015 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on FEBRUARY 17, 2015*Updated on February 24, 2015 w/new related pieces:  The self-styled ‘Islamic State’ Group (ISIS or ISIL), the Arabic acronym for which is Daesh, is increasingly haunting the nightmares of Western journalists and security analysts. I keep seeing some assertions about it that strike me as exaggerated […]

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Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

Penda Mbow: There is No Clash of Civilizations, but War Between Civilizations Thrives

[ 0 ] February 17, 2015 |

by PENDA MBOW for SUD ONLINE on JANUARY 15, 2015 *originally published in French, translated here in English:  The time has come, a week after the tragic and inexcusable events in Paris, the killing of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and the taking of hostages in a Hypercacher supermarket, to begin an honest debate among all, […]

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On Religion and Irreverance: Letter from an Old English Fart (by Olivier Tonneau)

[ 0 ] January 20, 2015 |

by OLIVIER TONNEAU for MEDIAPART on JANUARY 20, 2015:  Please tolerate my crude humour for I am French. This is in essence how I brushed aside the issue of Charlie Hebdo’s controversial style in my previous article. However, as I dislike monolithic characterizations of cultures, I would like to rephrase a debate that is actually […]

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Ehab Galal on “Arab TV-Audiences: Negotiating Religion and Identity” (Book Essay)

Ehab Galal on “Arab TV-Audiences: Negotiating Religion and Identity” (Book Essay)

[ 0 ] January 18, 2015 |

by EHAB GALAL for ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN on JANUARY 19, 2014: Scholarly interest in Arab media has increased dramatically over the past two decades, especially since the advent of the Arab satellite channel Al-Jazeera in 1996, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, and the global conflicts that followed this tragedy. Arab media are increasingly seen as global […]

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On Charlie Hebdo: A Letter to My British Friends (by Olivier Tonneau)

[ 0 ] January 13, 2015 |

by OLIVIER TONNEAU for MEDIAPART on JANUARY 11, 2015:  Three days ago, a horrid assault was perpetrated against the French weekly Charlie Hebdo, who had published caricatures of Mohamed, by men who screamed that they had “avenged the prophet”. A wave of compassion followed but apparently died shortly afterward and all sorts of criticism started pouring […]

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Tarek Osman: Imagining a New Arab Order

[ 0 ] December 9, 2014 |

by TAREK OSMAN for CAIRO REVIEW on DECEMBER 3, 2014: The Arab World is witnessing ideological, sectarian, and ethnic conflicts. The region has not experienced such polarizations in at least a century. As governments are no longer serving as arbiters among competing interest groups, the state has lost legitimacy. Violence is on the rise across […]

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