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Selected Books at Stafford Library
Selected Streaming Videos
Bloody Cartoons: Freedom of Expression and the Clash of Cultures
In 2005, a handful of Danish cartoons sparked a worldwide debate over freedom of expression-and the freedom to express religious outrage. Was a violent Islamic backlash against caricatures of the prophet Mohammed justified? Can democracy and fundamentalism coexist in the global community?
TEDTalks: Maajid Nawaz, A Global Culture to Fight Extremism
Why has extremism been on the rise in Muslim-majority countries over the course of the last few decades? In this powerful TEDTalk, Maajid Mawaz, a former Islamist extremist, shares his ideas about the role of social movements in creating change in North Africa and the Middle East. Mawaz outlines four reasons why he believe those who aspire to a democratic culture are falling behind. Nawaz is the co-founder of Quilliam, the world's first counter-extremism think tank, and the co-founder of Khudi, a counter-extremism social movement working towards the promotion of social change in Pakistan.
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America's Fading Middle East Influence
The article examines the ways in which U.S. influences within the Middle East are waning. It is attested that the U.S. has had a major impact upon this region since the end of the Cold War, but revolutions within the nations of Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya are allegedly indicative of a decline in U.S. power. The paper further alleges that the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama views these revolutions as being similar to the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1989 and that the results of these revolutions will dictate the amount of influence the U.S. retains. Elements of Islamic and jihadi terrorism within the Middle East are examined, as is nuclear proliferation among the Arab states.
Democratisation in the Middle East and North Africa : What is the Effect of Globalism?
Is 'Islam' inherently un- or anti-democratic? Is the fact that Islam is the majority religion in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) sufficient explanation as to why the region exhibits a decided lack of democracy? How, if at all, does globalisation affect democratisation in the MENA? To examine these issues, the article is divided into the following sections. After a brief introductory section, the second section turns to an examination of how Islam and globalisation interact in the MENA. The third section examines how globalisation offers both challenges and opportunities for Islam. The fourth section is concerned with western perceptions of Islam before and after 11 September 2001. The fifth section looks at Islam and democratisation in the MENA and traces the impact of globalisation. The overall conclusion is that globalisation - with its material and non-material characteristics - does not have a great impact on democratisation outcomes in the MENA.
U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in March 2003 that resulted in the fall of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and the occupation of the country by coalition troops. The achievement of rapid military victory in April 2003 was followed by a prolonged and bloody insurgency that continues to the present.
Iraq, War in
The decision to use force against Iraq developed quickly in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. Strong advocates of the war were Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. The justifications for the war given by the Bush administration were the charges of Iraq's possession of weapons of mass destruction and ties between the regime of Saddam Hussein and international terrorists, particularly al Qaeda, headed by Osama bin Laden. Al Qaeda was responsible for the September 11 attacks
Regional Cold War in the 21st Century
Describes sectarianism and changes in Iran, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, the Qatar Crisis, and ISIS.
English-language homepage of the Arabic-language broadcast network Al Jazeera. Features global news and opinion, with a special focus on the Middle East and Arab/Islamic culture.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace - Middle East
Carnegie experts in the Middle East and Washington analyze the latest developments and their potential effects on the Arab world.
Popular news magazine covering Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish world
Middle East Crisis BBC Special Report
Reports on Gaza, background information, with maps and pictures.
Middle East Research and Information Project
MERIP is a non-profit, non-governmental organization based in Washington, DC. A completely independent organization, it has no links to any religious, educational or political organizations in the US or elsewhere. Since 1996, MERIP has maintained one of the most informative websites on Middle East politics, culture and society.
National Public Radio - Mideast Coverage
This site from National Public Radio provides "transcripts and audio of reports about the Mideast produced by NPR in its newsmagazines and talk shows."
United Nations Arab Human Development Reports
Arab Human Development Reports (AHDRs) engage institutions and citizens in the Arab countries in analysis and discussion about the factors which shape the choices and freedoms available to people across the region, so as to foster understanding and consensus around regional and national development priorities.