by DANIEL TUTT for THE INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL POLICY AND UNDERSTANDING, DUKE ISLAMIC STUDIES CENTER, AND ISLAMiCommentary on NOVEMBER 1, 2012: 

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On the eve of the 2012 presidential elections, both Islam and Mormonism are becoming increasingly politicized in the public sphere. For President Barack Obama, the myth of his secret Muslim identity is ultimately “coded into political ‘otherness’ – he’s a socialist, he’s dangerous, maybe a Muslim.” GOP Candidate Mitt Romney’s Mormonism, by contrast, is a way for many Americans, particularly secular and non-religious voters, to distance themselves from the candidate: “Mormonism becomes the lens through which they can paint their critique.” However, with the presidential election less than a month away, Billy Graham a leading evangelical figure in the U.S., cut out the word “cult” from his association’s description of Mormonism, although the move was seen as partisanship by some conservative Christians. Continue reading

via Levant Post-Doctoral Fellowship Search Committee, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Georgetown University

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University is pleased to announce two Jamal Daniel Post-Doctoral Fellowships for the Study of the Levant, established by a generous grant from the Levant Foundation. These fellowships will support two recent PhDs whose academic interests focus on the Levantine region – defined as Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Turkey - for a period of one academic year for the purpose of transforming their dissertation into a book manuscript for publication. The fellows will receive a stipend of between $40,000 - $45,000, plus benefits. Continue reading

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University is pleased to announce two Levant Post-Doctoral Fellowship opportunities. These fellowships will support two recent PhDs whose academic interests focus on the Levantine region – defined as Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Turkey - for a period of one academic year for the purpose of transforming their dissertation into a book manuscript for publication. The fellows will receive a stipend of between $40,000 - $45,000, plus benefits. Continue reading

by SAMER SHEHATA for THE ISLAMISTS ARE COMING: WHO THEY REALLY ARE, SPRING 2012:  

The single most powerful and prolific Islamist movement was born in Egypt, the intellectual center of the Arab world. Formed in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood was started as a social and religious club by a twenty-two-year-old schoolteacher, who recruited six members of the Suez Canal Company. It has since become the ideological grandfather of more than eighty-five other Islamist groups in dozens of countries well beyond the Arab world. Members or supporters of its many branches now number in the tens of millions. FULL EGYPT CHAPTER

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(edited) by SAMER SHEHATA, on MAY 3, 2012:

Islamist Politics in the Middle East – Movements and Change (description by publisher):

For over three decades, Islamist politics, or political Islam, has been one of the most dynamic and contentious political forces in the Middle East. Although there is broad consensus on the importance of political Islam, there is far less agreement on its character, the reasons for Islamist’s success, the role of Islamist movements in domestic and international affairs, or what these movements portend for the future.

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