“It is quite common to hear high officials in Washington and elsewhere speak of changing the map of the Middle East, as if ancient societies and myriad peoples can be shaken up like so many peanuts in a jar.”

― Edward W. Said

"A developing country that wants to develop its economy must first of all keep natural resources in its own hands."
- Deng Xiaoping

Monday, October 31, 2016

Call for Reviewers, Sociology of Islam Journal

From: Joshua Hendrick <jdhendrick(at)loyola.edu>
Date: Monday, October 31, 2016 at 10:36 PM
To: Sociology of Islam <sociology_of_islam-g@vt.edu>
Subject: Call for Reviewers, Sociology of Islam Journal

Dear Colleagues,

Please let me know if you are interested in reviewing any of the below titles for the Sociology of Islam journal.


Please note that because of one too many problems/complications trying to coordinate reviews and reviewers overseas, we are only soliciting reviewers who are currently residing in the US and who can provide a US address for us to send out books for review.

If you are interested in reviewing one of the below titles, please respond directly (i.e., not the the list) to Joshua Hendrick, Book Review Editor, Sociology of Islam (jdhendrick@loyola.edu).  Please attach an updated CV and a brief rationale in the body of your email as to why you would like to review the title(s) you indicate.

All best,

Joshua Hendrick

Salmon, Noah 2016. For Love of the Prophet: An Ethnography of Sudan's Islamic State. Princeton. Princeton University Press.

Al-Anani, Khalil 2016. Inside the Muslim Brotherhood: Religion, Identity, and Politics. New York. Oxford University Press.

Winter, Stefan 2016. A History of the 'Alawis: From Medieval Aleppo to the Turkish Republic. Princeton. Princeton University Press.

Nasir, Kamaludeen Mohamed. 2016. Globalized Muslim Youth in the Asia Pacific: Popular Culture in Singapore and Sydney. New York. Palsgrave Macmillan.

Bowen, John R. 2016. On British Islam: Religion, Law, and Everyday Practice in Shari'a Councils. Princeton. Princeton University Press.
Joshua D. Hendrick, PhD
Department of Sociology
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Loyola University of Maryland
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Baltimore, MD 21210
Office: 410-617-2043
Email: jdhendrick(at)loyola.edu

Friday, October 28, 2016

Why Standing Rock Matters

OCTOBER 24, 2016
Chief Leonard Crow Dog speaking at a reception prior to the forum "Why Standing Rock Matters: Can Oil and Water Mix?" held October 24, 2016 in the Crum Auditorium, Collins Center, Southern Methodist University.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

A gorgeous visualization of 200 years of immigration to the US

by Dara Lind

@DLind dara@vox.com Oct 3, 2015

It's easy now to assume that Mexico has always been among the main sources of immigration to America. But as this wonderful chart by Natalia Bronshtein shows, that's not even close to true.

Bronshtein pulled 200 years of government data to put together the visualization. There's an interactive version on her website: you can hover over any color, at any point, and see the exact number of immigrants who became residents from that country in that decade.
But taken as a whole, the chart tells a very clear story: there are two laws that totally transformed immigration to the United States.
The first, the National Origins Act of 1924 (a capstone on a series of anti-immigration bills passed in the few years before that), set very strict quotas on immigration to America from any country — and especially strict quotas on any country that wasn't in western or northern Europe. (Immigration from Asia was, for the most part, simply banned.) That's the bottleneck you see in the graph.
The second, the 1965 Immigration and Naturalization Act, demolished the old quota system. But instead of just turning the clock back to the dawn of the 20th century, the 1965 law created a completely different era of immigration to the US from all over the world — and especially from Latin America and Asia. None of the colors that are dominant on this chart up until the 1920s are dominant from the 1970s onward. Once large-scale immigration to the US was restored, the face of it looked totally different.