Tag: Tunisia

The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

The West’s Freedom Problem and the Roots of Islamic Militancy (by Mbaye Lo)

[ 0 ] February 9, 2016 |

Mbaye Bashir Lo teaches at Duke University in the Department of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies and is core faculty with the Duke Islamic Studies Center. This article highlights key elements in his current book project entitled “Justice versus Freedom: the Problem with Militant Islam.” He is currently a visiting scholar at l’Institut d’études de l’Islam […]

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Scholars Discuss The Making and Future of the Arab Refugee Crisis

Scholars Discuss The Making and Future of the Arab Refugee Crisis

[ 0 ] February 2, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, GEOFFREY MOCK and EMILIE POPLETT for DUKE TODAY on FEBRUARY 2, 2016: The Syrian refugee crisis was decades in the making. The international community now has less time to try to resolve it. That was the message from a series of scholars, journalists and artists who spoke at a two-day conference […]

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Tahrir 5 Years Later: The Hurdles to Democratization & Arab Youth Revolts

Tahrir 5 Years Later: The Hurdles to Democratization & Arab Youth Revolts

[ 0 ] January 25, 2016 |

by JUAN COLE for INFORMED COMMENT on JANUARY 25, 2016: A frequently met-with Western political and often journalistic narrative of the 2011 youth revolts in the Arab world is that idealistic young people came out into the streets and managed to overthrow four dictators, but then the essential Arab nature (violent, fanatical, tribal and sectarian) […]

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LISTEN: Looking Back at the Event that Started the Arab Spring Five Years Ago

[ 0 ] December 17, 2015 |

via WBUR “HERE & NOW” on DECEMBER 17, 2015: Five years ago today, a Tunisian street vendor, frustrated and humiliated by authorities’ harassment, burned himself to death in a public square. It touched off a revolution in that country and what we came to know as the Arab Spring. Here & Now’s Eric Westervelt looks […]

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It Happened Again! Pained Reflections on Islam and Violence (by Mustafa Tuna)

[ 0 ] December 8, 2015 |

by MUSTAFA TUNA for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 8, 2015: When it happened for the first time in my life, I was in Russia doing research. It was a sunny day in September. After many hours of reading through dusty archive catalogs, I had come home tired and turned the TV on. I saw an angry-looking […]

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Tunisian Civil Society Groups Win Nobel Peace Prize

Tunisian Civil Society Groups Win Nobel Peace Prize

[ 0 ] October 9, 2015 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on OCTOBER 9, 2015:  The 2015 Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its “decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011.”  Here is the official press release and a selection […]

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Addressing Islamophobia, One Person at a Time (by Maha Elgenaidi)

Addressing Islamophobia, One Person at a Time (by Maha Elgenaidi)

[ 0 ] June 30, 2015 |

“We need more than the law to combat what are often deep-seated prejudices and attitudes that are the root causes of discrimination… Face-to-face interaction, education, and inter religious engagement are key to breaking the grip of Islamophobia in this country.” — Maha Elgenaidi, CEO of the Islamic Networks Group (ING)  by Maha Elgenaidi for iSLAMiCommentary on JUNE […]

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LISTEN: After Killing Of 38 Tourists, Tunisia Cracks Down On Islamists (via Alice Fordham, NPR)

[ 0 ] June 29, 2015 |

“If they (young Tunisians) feel society doesn’t accept them, they might think it’s fine to harm society”  by ALICE FORDHAM for NPR NEWS on JUNE 29, 2015:  Officials in Tunisia ordered some mosques closed and banned some fringe Islamist political parties. Some Tunisians fear the government is going too far by limiting personal and religious liberties. LISTEN […]

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Authorities in Crisis: Sunni Islamic Institutions (by Hellyer and Brown for Carnegie Endowment)

Authorities in Crisis: Sunni Islamic Institutions (by Hellyer and Brown for Carnegie Endowment)

[ 0 ] June 17, 2015 |

by H.A. HELLYER and NATHAN BROWN for CARNEGIE ENDOWMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL PEACE on JUNE 17, 2015:  The rapid rise of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (also known as ISIS or Daesh) set off a debate about how Islamic the group really is and a search for an Islamic religious authority that could combat it. The existence […]

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The Dark Side of Tunisia’s Success Story (by Maha Yahya)

[ 0 ] June 15, 2015 |

by MAHA YAHYA for REAL CLEAR WORLD on JUNE 11, 2015:  Tunisia may be the exemplar for democratic transition in the Arab world, but it has also seen 3,000 of its citizens drawn as recruits to extremist groups. This apparent enigma emerges from the country’s struggles with unemployment and poverty, but also – and perhaps […]

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