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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.

Return of the Public Square: Failure or Not, the Arab Spring ‘Made People More Politically Active & Aware’

 by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on APRIL 1, 2015:  In the postscript to his 2011 book Cairo: Histories of a City (reproduced by The New York Times as an op-ed), and in lectures and articles since, UC Berkeley architecture professor Nezar AlSayyad has argued that Tahrir… Read More
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Rethinking Global Cities: Why Istanbul Is A Success For Some, ‘Urban Plunder’ For Others

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by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN, EDITOR, ISLAMiCommentary on FEBRUARY 4, 2015:  In the past decade, Istanbul has undergone an immense political and economic transformation, making it “an ideal site to study the contradictory forces that come together to produce urban spaces,” says Duke University Turkish Studies professor Erdag Göknar.   Göknar is… Read More
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CIA Torture Report Released: Was the Agency’s Interrogation Program a Mistake?

    • David Schanzer
compiled by JULIE POUCHER HARBIN on DECEMBER 9, 2014 (Check back for updates throughout the day):    Today the US Senate Intelligence Committee released an extensive report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program.   According to The Washington Post the “exhaustive, five-year Senate investigation of the CIA’s secret interrogations of… Read More
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