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Haifa’s Answer

Tue, 22/07/2014 - 1:45am
On Youtube there is a fascinating film on co-existence in Haifa. It is well worth watching at this time of intense violence in Gaza.
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A Practical Solution for Iraq

Thu, 17/07/2014 - 8:33pm
[Sinan Antoon channeling Jonathan Swift…] by Sinan Antoon, al-Jadaliyya, July 15, 2014 The rise of ISIS and the declaration of a Caliphate that controls large swaths of Iraq and Syria ...
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On the trail of a shadow: Which ISIS?

Tue, 15/07/2014 - 1:26pm
by MURAT HAZINE, Turkey Agenda, July 9, 2014 The Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is a new shadow that appeared while we were trying to differentiate between the “New Middle East” and the ...
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Modernity according to the Islamic State, Boko Haram, the Taliban et al

Sat, 12/07/2014 - 12:16pm
by Hasan Azad, al-Jazeera, July 11, 2014 What do the Islamic State, Boko Haram and the Taliban all have in common? Extremism? Caliphatism? Violence? All these things are merely incidental to ...
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Schisto in Mesopotamia

Thu, 10/07/2014 - 11:54am
Chalcolithic burial at Zeidan; Credit: Gil Stein, Oriental Institute, University of Chicago 6200-year-old parasite egg may be first proof of early human technology spreading disease Cambridge ...
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The Mischief of ISIS

Mon, 07/07/2014 - 4:38pm
al-Qubba Husseiniya, a Shia shrine, being blown up in the city of Mosul. Hollywood is known for creating absurd scenarios, especially with special effects of explosions and cars flying ...
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On The Moral Hazards of Field Research in Middle East Politics

Fri, 04/07/2014 - 1:49pm
By Sheila Carapico, Middle East Research and Information Project, July 14 * This memo was prepared as part of the “Ethics and Research in the Middle East” symposium American political scientists ...
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Sikh and ye shall find “Siran”

Wed, 02/07/2014 - 1:44pm
Misapprehending Muslims and the Media’s Misinformation by Hasan Azad, Huffington Post. November 17, 2012 My friend Sim is a strapping young man in his 20s. He is fitter than I could ever ...
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Fouad Ajami and his legacy

Fri, 27/06/2014 - 1:56pm
Fouad Ajami, left, met in 2007 with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in Baghdad’s Green Zone. (Wathiq Khuzaie/AP) By As’ad AbuKhalil - Alakhbar English, June 23, 2014 The news of ...
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Donkey Mediation

Tue, 24/06/2014 - 5:11am
As the picture above shows, even Yemen’s donkeys are interested in stopping the violence.
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Zamzam Flim Flam

Sun, 22/06/2014 - 2:46pm
The sacred sites of Mecca have a long and rich history in Islamic tradition. One of the most important aspects is the well of Zamzam located close to the ka‘ba in the Meccan shrine. According ...
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Arabic Poetry Online

Fri, 20/06/2014 - 6:28pm
Looking for Arabic poetry online. There are many, many sites, but one useful resource is, which is also available in English. The site boasts 19027 verses “bayt” in 451 ...
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At hand by the Dead Sea

Wed, 18/06/2014 - 2:27pm
At the Dead Sea Some extraordinary photographs on {Life}Buzz… Here’s a guy who is following his love to the ends of the earth. Russian photographer Murad Osmann has been snapping ...
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Online Encyclopedia of Mediterranean Humanism

Tue, 17/06/2014 - 3:16pm
There is a new online resource on European humanism, available in English, Arabic and French. Here is the information about it: Humanism is not simply a European phenomenon, product of the ...
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Adonis on the Age of Darkness

Sun, 15/06/2014 - 5:25pm
Cairo Review, May 14, 2014 A half century ago, the poet Ali Ahmad Said Esber, better known by his pen name Adonis, left Syria for exile, first to Lebanon and then France. He lives on an upper ...
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Music of the Pearls

Fri, 13/06/2014 - 6:32pm
Check out the nicely illustrated online article by Kuwaiti ethnomusicologist Ghazi Al-Mulaifi on the music of pearling in the Arabian Gulf. ‘All the men died at sea,’ Ghazi Al-Mulaifi’s ...
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Frankenstein in Baghdad

Wed, 11/06/2014 - 6:50am
International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2014: “Frankenstein in Baghdad” Beyond good and evil Ahmed Saadawi’s novel “Frankenstein in Baghdad” has won the 2014 ...
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Tariq Ramadan on Apostasy and Islam

Sun, 08/06/2014 - 3:10pm
Here is an interesting Youtube video of Tariq Ramadan speaking about the issue of apostasy in Islam. For an Arabic translation of what he said, click here.
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Spam, Spam and more Spam (but from Yemen?)

Fri, 06/06/2014 - 12:38pm
If you take the time to check the “Spam” folder in your email accounts, you will undoubtedly find quite a few solicitations for getting money out of a foreign account. Usually it is ...
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Islam in the Public Square

Wed, 04/06/2014 - 2:39pm
The following is an excerpt from the 2013 Presidential Address (”Islam in the Public Square”) of John Esposito for the American Academy of Religion. His entire talk is free to read ...
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