Debating the War of Ideas: (with Afsaruddin, Ahmed, Phares and Patterson)
Debating the War of Ideas is a new book that brings together competing voices from across continents, religions, and political persuasions to present their understanding of the strife within the Muslim world and/or between Islamic and Western traditions?the ideas that so many around the globe believe are worth fighting, killing, and even dying for. This event included a panel discussion with chapter contributors Asma Afsaruddin, Akbar Ahmed, Walid Phares, Eric Patterson, and others.
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Afghanistan's Religious Landscape: Politicizing the Sacred (with Kristian Berg Harpviken)
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Don Boudreaux on Public Choice
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Rafi Nets-Zehngut, speaking at ICAR on Tuesday, November 18, 2008 about the research for his dissertation examining Israeli Jewish perceptions of the 1948 exodus of Palestinians from what is now Israel. Nets-Zehngut finds that changes in the social and political environment in Israel have accompanied a shift from Zionist to critical interpretations of the origins of the refugee problem.
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Power, voice and rights: a turning point for gender equality in Asia and the Pacific
This site provides free access to the full text of a report by UN Development Programme (UNDP) which was published in March 2010. The report examines gender inequality in the Asia-Pacific area, focusing on 3 specific areas: The report focuses on 3 areas —economic power, political decision-making and legal rights― It analyses the problems women face, and how policies and attitudes can be changed to encourage gender equality. In addition to the full text of the report, the website also offe
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