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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.

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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 Transcultural Islam Project is housed at the Duke Islamic Studies Center (Duke University) and implemented 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).This multi-year project is funded by the Islam Initiative of the the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

This Transcultural Islam Project has two overarching goals:

1) To accelerate transmission of new knowledge and inform public discourse about Islam and Muslims in the U.S. by developing a domestic outreach network of civic, media and policy leaders for distribution of research and scholarship. ISLAMiCommentary is the distribution platform for this network.

2) To develop an international network of scholars and research centers, the TIRN Scholars network, to stimulate the generation and exchange of research about contemporary Islam and Muslim communities.

Take a Deep Breath and Build a Coalition to Confront ISIS

    • David Schanzer
 by DAVID SCHANZER and LT. COL. TIM NICHOLS (U.S.M.C. RET.) for ISLAMiCommentary on SEPTEMBER 8, 2014:   As people who have been studying and, at times, directly involved in, counter terrorism efforts in the U.S. since 9/11, we have been disappointed in the over-hyped public reaction to the emergence of the… Read More
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Israel Can’t Afford to Lose Jews Like Me

    • David Schanzer
 by DAVID H. SCHANZER for ISLAMiCommentary on AUGUST 8, 2014:   Writing in the New York Times today, columnist Shmuel Rosner labeled non-Israeli liberal Jews that are becoming more estranged from modern day Israel, as “fair weather fans” that Israel both can and should ignore. He is dead wrong on both…
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About a Girl: To ‘Liesel’ in Gaza…

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 by ROBIN KIRK for ISLAMiCommentary on JULY 30, 2014:   Of all of the images of the destruction being visited upon Gaza and Israel, why did the picture of a girl retrieving her books from the rubble stop me cold?   The image was originally posted, as far as I can… Read More
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