Not In My Name

When names become important: ‘Daesh’ as a silencing of ISIS’s claim to be the Islamic State?

Professor Malory Nye argues that the debate about calling the terrorist outfit Islamic state (IS) non-Islamic is not justified because in Islam what is Islamic or not is far from a settled issue. In his view, this debate should be resolved if one calls IS ‘Daesh’- an Arabic word referring to ‘downtrodden’ (daes) or ‘causing discord’ (dahes).

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Ode to Rick

Michael D. Driessen is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs (John Cabot University, Rome, Italy) discusses secularism in the United States and re-evaluates the role of religion within the public sphere.

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Doing It In Public: Impact, blogging, social media and the academy

For most academics the use of blogs, social media or other ‘low-brow’ media tools seems like a distraction from the real work of publishing in journals, writing books or winning academic hearts and minds. Consequently, academics are often reluctant to engage with social media even though there are ways it can be used to directly promote their research agendas, career prospects and increase societal impact. Professor Tim Hitchcock takes at look prospects for academics to harness modern communications technology and increase their impact.

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