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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (August 14 -27)

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August 14 - 27 Organizer: Virginia Rally an Affront to People in Dearborn, AP News More than one hundred people, including Muslim and Christian congregational leaders, participated in a gathering in Dearborn. Read More ‘Meet a Muslim’ Events Hope to Dispel Misconceptions, AP News Question and answer sessions are expanding nationwide, intending to breakdown stereotypes and build positive relationships. Read More Editing the Qurʾān in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Europe, Institute for Advanced Study Roberto Tottoli describes European scholars’ attempts to translate and understand the Qur’an. Read More Hindu Today, Muslim Tomorrow, The ...

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (July 17-July 30)

July 24-30 New Photo of Nigeria's Ailing President Buhari Surfaces, VOA News The first picture of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari seen in 78 days -- since he left Abuja for medical treatment in Britain -- surfaced on Sunday. Read More Does Trump Have America on a Path to War with Iran?, VICE The Trump administration hates the Iran nuclear deal—and it looks increasingly like one way or the other, the Obama-era detente may be toast. Conflict could follow. Read More Qatar's Emir and Erdogan discuss Gulf crisis, Al Jazeera Turkish president reviews Gulf row with Qatar's Emir on the last leg of his shuttle diplomacy tour in the region. Read More Five things ...

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (June 19-July 2)

Children's prayer by Rana Ossama on Creative Commons

June 19-25  When Is It 'Terrorism'? How The Media Cover Attacks By Muslim Perpetrators, NPR Sometimes it can feel like there is a terrorist attack on the news every other week. But how much attention an attack receives has a lot to do with one factor: the religion of the perpetrator. Read More Fighting for the Immigrants of Little Pakistan, The New Yorker A Pakistani lawyer fights for the rights of immigrants who live in constant fear of deportation. Read More ‘Muslims Feel Under Siege’, The Atlantic  Following attacks on Muslims in London and Sterling, Virginia, Muslims have started to feel unease and fear in public. Read More How Islamophobia ...

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تركيع حماس لن ينهي الاحتلال

  لا أخفي سرا بالقول انني اختلف مع حركة حماس منذ التأسيس، اختلفت مع ارتباطها الإخواني، وترسيم الصراع ضد الاحتلال الصهيوني على قاعدة دينية (لست مع تديين السياسة)، ولاحقاً اختلفت مع حماس "نظام الحكم" الذي اختار محاور ينتمي إليها، محاور تستغل القضية الفلسطينية لتمرير سياسات تُبعد فلسطين عن مرمى التحرير أجيالاً وأزماناً. اختلفت مع حماس كنظام حكم، حيث قدمت أسوأ نموذج للحكم في قطاع غزة، دفع الغزيون ثمن تفاؤلهم به، واعتقادهم أن "الحكام الجدد" قد يكونوا أكثر نزاهة وعدلا، وقدرة على تحسس آلام الناس عمن سبقهم! أما المقاومة فقضية أخرى ليست مرتبطة بحماس "نظام الحكم"، المقاومة أوسع كثيراً وأقدم كثيرا من تنظيم فشل في الحكم، في حين أن ذراعه المقاوم ...

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (May 1-21)

The Citadel at Amman, Jordan. Image by Mr. Littlehand via Flikr.

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating about Islam and reflects a wide variety of opinions and approaches. It does not reflect the views of the Critical Currents in Islam page or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to cci@jadaliyya.com by Saturday night of every week.] May 15-21 Who better to lecture Muslims than Islam expert Donald Trump?, The Guardian David Shariatmadari writes about the contradictions present in Donald Trump’s request that Muslim leaders combat extremism despite his own extreme positions such as favoring Saudi Arabia over Iran.  Read More The ...

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New Texts Out Now: Erik Freas, Muslim-Christian Relations in Late-Ottoman Palestine: Where Nationalism and Religion Intersect

Erik Freas, Muslim-Christian Relations in Late-Ottoman Palestine: Where Nationalism and Religion Intersect. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Erik Freas (EF): The greater part of my research on Muslim-Christian relations in Palestine has, until now, focused primarily on the British mandatory period. Nonetheless, while the creation of the mandatory regimes following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire marks an obvious starting point for relating the history that ensued, one should not underestimate the degree of continuity and relevancy of certain developments (see below) that were already well underway during the ...

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New Texts Out Now: Henri Lauzière, The Making of Salafism: Islamic Reform in the Twentieth Century

Henri Lauzière, The Making of Salafism: Islamic Reform in the Twentieth Century. New York: Columbia University Press, 2016. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Henri Lauzière (HL): I wrote the book in an attempt to solve a nagging problem in Islamic intellectual history. For the last three decades or so, scholars who sought to define and tell the story of Salafism always faced something of a paradox. On the one hand, a lot of the secondary literature tells us that Salafism, or salafiyya, was a movement of Islamic modernism associated with Muslim reformers of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries known for their rational and progressive views, such ...

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أسئلة الاستشراق الجديد ودوره في صناعة كراهية الإسلام في كتاب جديد لفخري صالح

[صورة غلاف كتاب فخري صالح الجديد]

أسئلة «الاستشراق الجديد» ودوره في صناعة «كراهية الإسلام» في كتاب جديد لفخري صالح صدر حديثًا عن "الدار العربية للعلوم" في بيروت، كتاب «كراهية الإسلام: كيف يصور الاستشراق الجديد العرب والمسلمين» للناقد والمترجم الفلسطيني/ الأردني فخري صالح، والذي يتناول في محتواه (المقدّمة، وفصوله الثلاثة الأساسية، والملاحق)، كيفية تقديم الخطاب الغربي للإسلام، من خلال ثلاثة نماذج تتمثّل بما كتبه ثلاثة من المفكرين الغربيين عن العالم الإسلامي وخطر المسلمين وديانتهم على الغرب، وهم المستشرق البريطاني - الأميركي برنارد لويس، والباحث الأميركي في العلوم السياسية صمويل هنتنغتون (صاحب نظرية صدام الحضارات)، وفيديار سوراجبراساد نيبول (مولود في الكاريبي من أصولٍ هندية) الحائز على جائزة ...

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Caliphate, An Idea Throughout History: An Interview with Hugh Kennedy

[Byzantine envoys before Caliph al-Mu'tasim (seated, right). Image of miniature from the

What is a caliphate? Who can be caliph? What is the history of the idea? How can we interpret and use it today? These are the themes discussed in Hugh Kennedy’s new book, The Caliphate (Pelican Books), which aims to find the long-term historical context for the idea of caliphate. Tracing the history from the choosing of the first caliph, Abu Bakr, in the immediate aftermath of the Prophet Muhammad’s death in 632, through the orthodox (Rashidun) caliphs (632-661), the Umayyads (661-750), the Abbasids (750-1258) and the use of the idea of caliphate by the Ottomans, down to the emergence of another Abu Bakr as “caliph” of the “Islamic State” in 2014. In Episode #240 ...

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Turkey Media Roundup (June 22)

[Photo by Mahmut Bozarslan. Diyarbakir, May 22.]

  [This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating on Turkey and reflects a wide variety of opinions. It does not reflect the views of the Turkey Page Editors or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to turkey@jadaliyya.com by Sunday night of every week.] English Prime Minister Davutoglu’s Resignation What is Happening in Turkey? Writing for Daily Sabah, Fahrettin Altun explains that soon-to-be-former-Prime Minister Davutoğlu was “unable to read the political reality of the new period and insisted on being a strong prime minister.” Fortunately, “We can be sure that the figure who will come ...

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Islamic Reformation?

[Martin Luther's Rycina Chrystusa i Antychrysta. Wikicommons .Some rights reserved.]

We keep hearing calls for an “Islamic Reformation,” assumed to be the remedy for a fundamentalist Islam behind the conservative Salafi brand as well as the Jihadist. Islam, under these assumptions, generates problems because it had not been “reformed.” The assumed model is the Christian Reformation of the sixteenth century, the Protestant reformers, Luther, Calvin, and their followers. Informed writers on religion and history have pointed out the problematic nature of these suppositions, with regard to the histories of both Christianity and Islam. I argue here that Islam has undergone many reformations, in radically different directions: Wahhabism, much like Protestant ...

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New York Event--The Fall of the Turkish Model: How the Arab Uprisings Brought Down Islamic Liberalism (March 1 @ 12.30pm)

The Fall of the Turkish Model: How the Arab Uprisings Brought Down Islamic Liberalism New Book by Cihan Tuğal (Verso, 2016) Date and Time: Tuesday, March 1, 12:30 pm - 1:30pm Location: The Hagop Kevorkian Center, 255 Sullivan Street, New York University Tuğal's masterful explication of the demise of Islamic liberalism brings in Egypt and Tunisia, once seen as the most likely followers of the Turkish model, and provides a path-breaking examination of their regimes and Islamist movements, as well as paradigm-shifting accounts of Turkey and Iran. Cihan Tuğal is the author of Passive Revolution: Absorbing the Islamic Challenge to Capitalism. He is an associate ...

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (July 31-August 13)

August 7-August 13 How the ‘homophobic Muslim’ became a populist bogeyman, The Guardian  Rightwing populists incorrectly describe the dangers of Muslim homophobia while disregarding their own homophobia. Read More Tez Ilyas: 'When comics talk about religion, it's not very funny,' The Guardian  A comic in Britain describes how Islam affects his work. Read More 'Everyone in Syria is bad now', says UN war crimes prosecutor as she quits post, The Telegraph Carla Del Ponte is leaving the ...

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (July 3-July 16)

July 10-16 A Muslim and a Jew urge the Supreme Court to strike down the Muslim ban, LA Times  An American Jew and an American Muslim explain why they're against Trump's controversial Muslim Ban. Read More Islam-Bashers Blast Civil Rights Activist Linda Sarsour, Twisting Her Use of the Word `Jihad', Southern Poverty Law Center Organized anti-Muslim movements are unified in their outrage over recent remarks by civil rights activist Linda Sarsour, falsely arguing that she was inciting violence ...

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (June 5-June 18)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating about Islam and reflects a wide variety of opinions and approaches. It does not reflect the views of the Critical Currents in Islam page or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to cci@jadaliyya.com by Saturday night of every week.]  June 12-18 "You are Islam's black sheep," RT News  Three hundred Austrian Imams condemn ISIS terrorists: Islamic ...

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (May 22-June 4)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating about Islam and reflects a wide variety of opinions and approaches. It does not reflect the views of the Critical Currents in Islam page or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to cci@jadaliyya.com by Saturday night of every week.]     May 29-June 4 London terror attack: Isis claims responsibility amid group's 'call for increased attacks', The Independent Group ...

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Available Now: The Political Theology of ISIS by Ahmad Dallal

Ahmad Dallal's The Political Theology of ISIS: Prophets, Messiahs, & "the Extinction of the Grayzone" is now available for purchase on TadweenPublishing.com! Read a description of the book below and place an order today:   Description The Political Theology of ISIS: Prophets, Messiahs, & "the Extinction of the Grayzone" More than any other actor on the contemporary Arab political landscape, ISIS represents the most expansive and potent threat to the ...

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Announcing the #IslamophobiaIsRacism Syllabus

In response to intensified anti-Muslim racism and inspired by the #FergusonSyllabus, the #StandingRockSyllabus, the #BlackIslamSyllabus and others, a group of interdisciplinary scholars has created the #IslamophobiaIsRacism syllabus to provide resources for teaching and learning about anti-Muslim racism in the United States. This syllabus deliberately reframes “Islamophobia” as “anti-Muslim racism” to more accurately reflect the intersection of race and religion as a reality of structural ...

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New Texts Out Now: Karine Walther, Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921

Karine Walther, Sacred Interests: The United States and the Islamic World, 1821-1921. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2015.   Jadliyya (J): What made you write this book? Karine Walther (KW): As my parents were both French immigrants to the United States, I have always been interested in what constitutes “American identity” and the history of how religious, ethnic and “racial” differences have been dealt with in the United States. After I finished my BA at the University ...

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Interview with Taraneh Hemami

Taraneh Hemami is a San Francisco-based artist and arts educator whose work is known internationally. Born in Tehran, Hemami emigrated to the the United States to attend college in 1978. Roula Seikaly spoke with the artist about the publication entitled Bulletin, its relationship to Hemami’s ongoing collaborative project Theory of Survival, and the potential for archives to influence past, present, and future narratives. Roula Seikaly (RS): Let's talk about Bulletin. It’s form is fascinating. The two ...

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Neo-Ottoman Architecture and the Transnational Mosque: An Interview with Kishwar Rizvi

Mosques are enduring architectural and institutional features of Muslim communities throughout the world, and thus it is natural to encounter large mosque complexes that occupy prominent positions within the cityscapes of the Middle East and beyond. Yet among the many historical mosques and buildings in the region’s oldest cities, there are also buildings of surprisingly recent provenance and many old sites with newly renovated interiors and facades, such as the Blue Mosque in downtown Beirut or the ...

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Critical Currents in Islam Media Roundup (March–April 2016)

[This is a roundup of news articles and other materials circulating about Islam and reflects a wide variety of opinions and approaches. It does not reflect the views of the Critical Currents in Islam page or of Jadaliyya. You may send your own recommendations for inclusion in each week's roundup to cci@jadaliyya.com by Saturday night of every week.] Islam in the Americas Muslim Student Association Hosts Islam Awareness Week The MSA at San Francisco State University hosted an Islam Awareness Week on ...

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Hasan al-Turabi and Contemporary Islam

The passing of Dr. Hasan al-Turabi on 5 March 2016 marks the ending of important eras in Muslim political and ideological history. He is hailed by some as a significant articulator of necessary Muslim intellectual renewal and vigorously opposed by others who see him as important in shaping authoritarian dimensions of what many identify as Political Islam. His long career as both a political activist and a modernist religious intellectual reflected and shaped major trends in the Muslim world for more than ...

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New Texts Out Now: Ward Vloeberghs, Architecture, Power, and Religion in Lebanon

Ward Vloeberghs, Architecture, Power, and Religion in Lebanon: Rafiq Hariri and the Politics of Sacred Space in Beirut. Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2015. Jadaliyya (J): What made you write this book? Ward Vloeberghs (WV): While studying in Beirut in the early 2000s, I witnessed a construction site on the corner of Martyrs’ Square. Back then, contrasting rumors circulated as to what exactly was emerging on this central location, and who was in charge of the project. I became intrigued by this ...

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