Duke UniversityIslamic Studies

ISLAMiCommentary is a public scholarship forum about Islam and Muslim communities managed out of the The Duke Islamic Studies Center.

ISLAMiCommentary aims to inform public discourse and policy on Islam and Muslim communities from a variety of perspectives. The ISLAMiCommentary site publishes original content under the i-Comment umbrella and aggregates content from other sources.

We invite you to check out the ISLAMiCommentary playlist on the DISC YouTube channel and our featured columns:

Comics & Dialogue

By the Book

Regular Contributors

FOLLOW ISLAMiCommentary:

Twitter: @ISLAMiComment

Facebook: ISLAMiCommentary

Google Plus: ISLAMiCommentary

TIRN, the Transcultural Islam Research Network, connects international scholars of Islamic studies who are interested in exchanging research findings with each other and sharing their research with the public.



The Duke Islamic Studies Center (Duke University), in partnership with the Carolina Center for the Study of the Middle East and Muslim Civilizations (UNC Chapel Hill) and the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies (Oxford University), has launched a Transcultural Islam Project to deepen understanding of Islamic cultures and issues.
This multi-year project, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, will further Islamic studies scholarship and research through individual and institutional partnerships between these founding partners, their faculty, and other scholars and partners across the globe.



a public scholarship forum that aims to inform public discourse and policy about Islam and Muslims. The ISLAMiCommentary website features expert analysis and commentary on Islam and the Muslim experience from a variety of perspectives.


The Transcultural Islam Research Network (TIRN) is an international scholars network that connects international scholars interested in exchanging research findings and engaging in thematic working groups on issues of importance in the Islamic world. 
The TIRN Scholars site features a Scholars & Experts Database. We invite Islamic Studies scholars to register in the database.

Islamic State (formerly ISIS) Calls for Death of Comic Book Creator Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa

    • the 99 group small 300x227
 by A. DAVID LEWIS for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 14, 2014:   In a series of posts to Twitter in early July, the Islamic extremist group known as Islamic State (formerly ISIS) called for the death of Kuwaiti-born Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, the creator of the superhero comic book The 99 .  … Read More
Share | | Find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

China to Uyghurs: Eat, Don’t Fast for Ramadan

    • fasting
 by HAIYUN MA and I-WEI JENNIFER CHANG for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 15, 2014:      The common saying that “you are what you eat” suggests that food is closely tied to one’s social identity—and what one eats and when can often be key indicators of particular ethnic and/or religious traditions. Therefore,… Read More
Share | | Find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Pope Francis and the Holy Land: Is Religion the Pathway to Peace?

    • 08 20140609cnsto0285 300x207
 by SHALOM GOLDMAN for ISLAMiCommentary on JUNE 10, 2014:    “A Christian, a Muslim and a Jew walk into a… “   Sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it’s a serious refrain that’s become especially familiar over the last few weeks.   In May, the Pope makes a Holy… Read More
Share | | Find us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
  • roof hafez tomb