by KIMBER WILLIAMS for EMORY (UNIVERSITY) REPORT on JULY 10, 2012:
What feeds anti-American sentiment in the Islamic world?
It’s a question that has grown in volume since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, generating policy debate and cultural assumptions, but few hard answers.
However, a new study by Emory political science researcher Drew Linzer and Lisa Blaydes, of Stanford University, offers fresh insight, suggesting that American animosity in the Islamic world may have more to do with the intensity of conflicting factions within local Islamic politics than individual attitudes toward American culture, policies and diplomacy. FULL ARTICLE
The Access to Mideast and Islamic Resources blog announced on June 28, 2012 that the Aga Khan Museum, under construction in Toronto, Canada, has made manuscripts from its collection (Qur’an, religious commentary, books of science, philosophy , and literature (including some famous Shahnameh) available in scanned form on the following web site.
by TAMIR MOUSTAFA for LAW AND SOCIAL INQUIRY, 2012 on MARCH 27, 2012:
Drawing on original survey research, this study examines how lay Muslims in Malaysia understand foundational concepts in Islamic law. The survey finds a substantial disjuncture between popular legal consciousness and core epistemological commitments in Islamic legal theory. In its classic form, Islamic legal theory was marked by its commitment to pluralism and the centrality of human agency in Islamic jurisprudence. Yet in contemporary Malaysia, lay Muslims tend to understand Islamic law as being purely divine, with a single “correct” answer to any given question.
by MARK DEREWICZ for ENDEAVORS MAGAZINE on JUNE 21, 2012:
For centuries scholars and theologians have debated the Qur’an’s confusing passages. But Carl Ernst says they’ve missed out on a key method for unlocking the book’s secrets. READ MORE.
UNC Chapel Hill Professor of Religious Studies Carl Ernst is a specialist in Islamic studies, with a focus on West and South Asia. He is co-director with Professor of Sociology Charles Kurzman of UNC Chapel Hill’s Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations.
Bruce W. Jentleson (2012) The John Holmes Memorial Lecture: Global Governance in a Copernican World. Global Governance: A Review of Multilateralism and International Organizations. April-June 2012, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 133-148.
Bruce Jentleson is professor of public policy and political science at Duke University. Also, in July 2012 it was announced that he has been appointed to the Obama 2012 National Security Advisory Steering Committee, and is co-chairing the Middle East working group.