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A number of attacks targeted religious and historical sites in Libya.. Will they change characters? See what Rghebi thinks!
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NEW on Baraza-- read Vivek Gupta's piece on "Arabic and the Divine in South Asia."
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New Five Questions round with B.R.P Bhaskar, a journalist and an avid blogger.
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The much anticipated Baraza feature by Wendell Hassan Marsh and Sahar Ullah. Let us know about it when we see you tonight at the Salon!
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Gandhi's response to discrimination in South Africa. Check out Gopal's latest post.
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Should the international community recognize the largely Tuareg MNLA's claim to the seized territory of Northern Mali known as Azawad? What do you think? Take our poll!
Baraza Ijtihad is the modern academic avatar of the timeless market space. It is a graduate student platform associated with the department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS)...
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What are your thoughts about a peace in Mali? See what Kane and Thompson think.
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David Livingstone's journal entreis appear with technology. Check out Wendell Marsh's post.
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Wendell Marsh sends us his review for the Award-winning Bab'Aziz movie. Have you seen it?
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Alem Dechasa, an Ethiopian national working as a housemaid in Lebanon, committed suicide after being beaten in Beirut.
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Does Islamic Studies put its scholars in danger? Take a look at Reis' latest post!
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Baraza Ijtihad is a connected, multimedia space committed to the study of the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa from a comparative perspective that challenges the theory and practice of Area Studies. Persian in origin, Baraza comes from Swahili, a language that embodies the intersection of cultures and ideas from all three regions, and means both a public meeting and the space where meetings are held. Coming from Arabic and meaning the struggle of independent reason over convention, ijtihad captures the spirit of critical self-reflection and evokes an intellectual tradition of trans-regional significance. Importantly, Baraza Ijtihad will not content itself with neither disciplinary nor geographic borders nor will it limit itself to well established genres of academic and popular discourse. From the market of ideas and exchange that Baraza offers, the itinerant intellectual can expect to leave with new units of analysis, new methodologies, and new forms of presentation responsive to contemporary social realities and their technological imperatives.