Category: By the Book

Pim Valkenberg on the 50-Year Legacy of ‘Nostra Aetate’; Its Impact on Catholic/Jewish/Muslim Relations

Pim Valkenberg on the 50-Year Legacy of ‘Nostra Aetate’; Its Impact on Catholic/Jewish/Muslim Relations

[ 0 ] June 20, 2016 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 20, 2016:  Has Nostra Aetate – the Catholic Church’s declaration on relations with non-Christian religions — stood the test of time? Passed by a wide margin at the Second Vatican Council and promulgated on October […]

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All Our Book Q & As and Essays in One Place! (2012-2016)

All Our Book Q & As and Essays in One Place! (2012-2016)

[ 0 ] June 2, 2016 |

compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on June 2, 2016:  Our ISLAMiCommentary web site, managed out of the Duke Islamic Studies Center in partnership with the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations at UNC-Chapel Hill, will cease production on June 30, 2016, with the end of the grant […]

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Nicolas Pelham on ‘Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East’ (Book Q & A)

Nicolas Pelham on ‘Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] May 23, 2016 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on MAY 23, 2016:  How did the rise of nation-states in the 20th century doom religious diversity and pluralism in the Middle East?  And, can pluralism be recovered to heal and transform the Middle East?  Veteran journalist Nicolas […]

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Jonathan Wyrtzen on ‘Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity’ (Book Q & A)

Jonathan Wyrtzen on ‘Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention and the Politics of Identity’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] March 14, 2016 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 12, 2016:  The motto of the Kingdom of Morocco is “Allah, al-Watan, al-Malik” (God, the Nation, the King). This motto was the spark for Yale University professor Jonathan Wyrtzen’s new book, Making Morocco: Colonial Intervention […]

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Peter O’Brien on ‘The Muslim Question in Europe’ (Book Q & A)

Peter O’Brien on ‘The Muslim Question in Europe’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] February 8, 2016 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 8, 2016:  Are Muslims embraced as part of the mosaic of Europe?  Or, are they considered and treated as outsiders, foreigners, and invaders?  Political Scientist Peter O’Brien deconstructs this issue in his new book, The Muslim […]

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Stephen Frederic Dale on ‘Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man’ (Book Q & A)

Stephen Frederic Dale on ‘Ibn Khaldun and the Science of Man’ (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] January 7, 2016 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on JANUARY 7, 2016:  Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406) was a colossus among Muslim scholars.  Stephen Frederic Dale gives us a portrait of this extraordinary man in his new intellectual biography, The Orange Trees of Marrakesh: Ibn Khaldun and the […]

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ISLAMiCommentary/TIRN Featured in New SSRC Report ‘Religion, Media and the Digital Turn’

ISLAMiCommentary/TIRN Featured in New SSRC Report ‘Religion, Media and the Digital Turn’

[ 0 ] December 17, 2015 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 17, 2015:  We at the Duke Islamic Studies Center are pleased to announce that the work of the Carnegie Corporation of New York-supported Transcultural Islam Project (ISLAMiCommentary and TIRN) has been highlighted in a new report by the Social Science Research Council — “Religion, Media and the […]

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John McHugo on “Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years” (Book Q & A)

John McHugo on “Syria: A History of the Last Hundred Years” (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] December 4, 2015 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 4, 2015: Is there a more tragic country in the world today than Syria ?  How did it descend into chaos, conflict, and crisis? John McHugo offers some answers in Syria: A History of the Last […]

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The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France (Book Q & A)

The Burdens of Brotherhood: Jews and Muslims from North Africa to France (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] November 20, 2015 |

Column » ‘By the Book’ with Joseph Preville by JOSEPH RICHARD PREVILLE and JULIE POUCHER HARBIN  for ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 20, 2015: How did Muslims and Jews create and inhabit shared spaces in post-World War I France?  Historian Ethan B. Katz examines the “triangular affair” between Muslims, France, and Jews in his new book, The […]

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Deepa Iyer on “We Too Sing America”  (Book Q & A)

Deepa Iyer on “We Too Sing America” (Book Q & A)

[ 0 ] October 1, 2015 |

“The communities I write about in the book — South Asian, Arab, Muslim and Sikh immigrants — are “othered” and scapegoated today in our country. But at the same time, they are finding the strength, courage and purpose to reshape America by telling their own narratives, building community power, and changing policy.” — Deepa Iyer  […]

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