Category Archives: Sources for the Rest of US

The US and Arabic Language Instruction: Serve the Empire or the Globe?

It is my firm conviction that anyone who wants to learn about the Middle East (or, for that matter, any part of the world) has to actually live in the region that interests them. Even better is to learn the … Continue reading

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Update: Resources for Teachers

It was a almost a year ago that I posted some resources for teachers related to Islam and the Middle East. We are nearing the end of the first week of Ramadan and, in my children’s school district (Illinois District … Continue reading

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The Syrian Awakening?

This year has been gut-wrenching for anyone who loves Syria and Syrians. For Syrians living outside Syria it has been worse. For Syrians inside, I can’t even imagine. One of the best sources of measured information and commentary on events … Continue reading

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Eid Mubarak!

Muslims in North America will be celebrating Eid al-Fitr today, breaking the fast of the month of Ramadan. (“Eid al-Fitr” literally means the “feast of the breaking of the fast”.) Ramadan commemorates the period in which the Qur’an was first … Continue reading

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Christian Terror and Antidotes for American Islamophobia

I paused a bit before deciding not to put Christian Terror between quotations. The phrase has no meaning. But, neither does Islamic Terror which has been a catch-word for the mainstream press for far too long. There are institutions and … Continue reading

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Arab Dialectics and Legal Heroes

Some of my friends and colleagues launched an ezine last year which bridges a gap that has bedeviled many of the best efforts to broaden understanding of the Arab world in the English-speaking world. Politics has so overwhelmed coverage of … Continue reading

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