Category: Student

The Roots of Homophobia and Anti-Gay Sentiment in the Muslim World (by Ali Olomi)

The Roots of Homophobia and Anti-Gay Sentiment in the Muslim World (by Ali Olomi)

[ 3 ] June 12, 2016 |

by ALI OLOMI for ISLAMiCommentary on MARCH 30, 2016:  In March 2016 Payam Feili, a young Iranian poet, took refuge in Israel because he faced persecution in his home country for being openly gay. Feili’s situation is not unique for many LGBTQ individuals in the Middle East. Homosexuality is a crime in nearly two dozen […]

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Student Articles Featured on ISLAMiCommentary! (2012-2016)

Student Articles Featured on ISLAMiCommentary! (2012-2016)

[ 0 ] June 6, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 6, 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 from […]

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UNC, Duke Students Talk Science & Turkey with Nobel Prize Winner Aziz Sancar

UNC, Duke Students Talk Science & Turkey with Nobel Prize Winner Aziz Sancar

[ 0 ] April 4, 2016 |

by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 4, 2016:  The people from the Nobel Committee called UNC-Chapel Hill professor Aziz Sancar at 5am on October 7, 2015. His wife Gwen, also a UNC-Chapel Hill professor was already up ahead of an early class. “Gwen is Texan and Texans are Texan. So, she recognized the […]

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“No Matter How Bad it Gets, Don’t Come Back”

“No Matter How Bad it Gets, Don’t Come Back”

[ 1 ] February 29, 2016 |

Afghan Refugee Gulwali Passarlay Opens Up About His Remarkable Year-Long Journey to the UK, in Conversation with Duke Students  by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 29, 2016:  “Before I died, I contemplated how drowning would feel. It was clear to me now; this was how I would go: away from my mother’s warmth, […]

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WATCH: Student Documents Mediterranean Refugee Crisis

[ 0 ] January 22, 2016 |

via SANFORD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC POLICY on JANUARY 19, 2016:  Andrea Patiño Contreras has been exploring the Mediterranean refugee crisis and its impact on a small Italian town. Contreras graduated from Duke in 2012 with a degree in cultural anthropology and a certificate in media policy and journalism. She was one of the winners of […]

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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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Cautious Optimism for Real Academic Exchange Between the U.S. and Iran

Cautious Optimism for Real Academic Exchange Between the U.S. and Iran

[ 0 ] December 16, 2015 |

by NARGES BAJOGHLI for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 16, 2015: With the landmark Iran nuclear agreement (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) signed this past summer, there is increasing hope in scholarly circles that American researchers and students can engage more with a country that has not had diplomatic relations with the United States for more […]

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Islam is a Black American (by Sumayya Ahmed)

Islam is a Black American (by Sumayya Ahmed)

[ 0 ] December 11, 2015 |

by SUMAYYA AHMED for ISLAMiCommentary on DECEMBER 11, 2015: Islam is a Black American. How would this understanding complicate the discussion about Islam in America right now? How would it complicate our understanding of the Black Lives Matter movement? I am a Black American and I am a Muslim. Neither of those “identities” is for […]

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The Expected – and Unexpected – at a Trump Rally in Raleigh

[ 0 ] December 9, 2015 |

A Duke University grad student attended the Trump rally in Raleigh, NC last Friday. Who goes to Trump rallies? This is what he found.   by ISAK TRAVNIK for DUKE CAMPAIGN STOP 2016 on DECEMBER 7, 2016: Two hours before the start of Friday’s scheduled rally for Donald Trump, I took my place at the […]

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The Cost of Kindness (by Colin Colter)

[ 0 ] December 9, 2015 |

“Calls for a more tolerant society are quite vogue these days. Particularly in the United States, with our present confrontations of racial violence, religious ignorance, and an increasingly exclusionary idea of what it is to be an “American,” tolerance seems like a pretty peachy deal. The problem with tolerance is that at best it “allows” […]

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