AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH: Islam and the American Slave Experience

We are of course about to wrap up another African-American History Month, and maybe the one area where the general thrust of this blog sort of intersects with African-American history is in terms of African Muslims who were sold into slavery in North America. There aren’t great records as to the number of Muslims who… Continue reading AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH: Islam and the American Slave Experience

Columbus and the Islamic World

Happy Indigenous Peoples Day! As we commemorate the impact that Christopher Columbus had upon the peoples of the Americas, I thought in keeping with the focus of this blog that it would be appropriate to talk about his impact (broadly speaking) on the Middle East. Source: Columbus and the Islamic World

AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH: Islam and the American Slave Experience

I wanted to commemorate Black History Month before it ends, but as African-American history is not my area there’s not much I can write about it that would be worth anybody reading. One area where the general thrust of this blog sort-of intersects with African-American history is in terms of African Muslims who were sold… Continue reading AFRICAN-AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH: Islam and the American Slave Experience

Asia/Africa update: February 7 2018

ASIA KASHMIR Al Jazeera has a video report on Kashmiri villagers who say their homes have been destroyed by Pakistani artillery fire in recent weeks: MALDIVES The political crisis in the Maldives is already taking on geopolitical overtones. Former President Mohamed Nasheed asked India to step in and stabilize the situation, and now China is… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: February 7 2018

Asia/Africa update: January 29 2018

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Monday morning’s attack on the Marshal Fahim National Defense University in Kabul left 11 Afghan soldiers dead. ISIS later claimed credit for the attack, which may have been carried out to try to mitigate some of the boost the Taliban gained after its devastating attack in Kabul on Saturday. The Taliban have described… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: January 29 2018

World update: January 1-2 2018

We’re going to ease back into things after the long holiday break. As usual when I take an extended break I’m not going to even attempt to run down everything that happened while I was gone. We’ll cover what’s happened the past couple of days with a few scattered looks at things that happened prior… Continue reading World update: January 1-2 2018

Asia/Africa update: November 28 2017

ASIA AFGHANISTAN Good news everybody: America has turned the corner in Afghanistan! At least that’s what the US commander there, General John Nicholson, says: After 16 years of war, the United States and its Afghan partners “have turned the corner” and “momentum is now with Afghan security forces,” the top U.S. general there told reporters on… Continue reading Asia/Africa update: November 28 2017