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Kevin Hart’s Tour in Cairo Sparks Debate on Afrocentrism and the Pharaohs

Kevin Hart’s Tour in Cairo Sparks Debate on Afrocentrism and the Pharaohs

Egyptians have not taken kindly to Hart’s comments about ancient Egypt, and a viral campaign was launched, calling for the cancellation of the show of the superstar they accused of “blackwashing” and “stealing their history.”

Behind the Hamline University Incident — with Erika López Prater and Christiane Gruber

Behind the Hamline University Incident — with Erika López Prater and Christiane Gruber

Erika López Prater, a former adjunct professor at Hamline University, showed students medieval depictions of the Prophet Muhammad for an art history class. Her contract was not renewed and the incident became the center of a nationwide controversy. Alongside Islamic art historian Christiane Gruber, she joins New Lines magazine’s Rasha Elass to discuss the rich variety of artistic traditions within Islam and unpack the complicated web of factors behind the current controversy.

Islamic Art Is Pivotal for Understanding the Richness of the Muslim World

Islamic Art Is Pivotal for Understanding the Richness of the Muslim World

The Hamline furore underscores how critical it is to liberate historical Islamic art from today's polarized politics, in the interests of students and the overarching scholarly quest for knowledge.

Andrew Tate and the Moral Bankruptcy of Muslim Proselytization

Andrew Tate and the Moral Bankruptcy of Muslim Proselytization

At first glance, Andrew Tate can easily be dismissed as a product of an inflammatory online culture. Fringe groups that are usually on opposing sides, like the far right, anti-vaxxers and some Muslims who have long believed in conspiracy theories, are now drawn to Tate’s content, often for similar reasons.

The Oil Thieves of Nigeria

The Oil Thieves of Nigeria

Today, among all the other challenges weighing down Africa's most populous state, Nigeria must struggle to maintain a steady production of oil in a region where militants and ordinary citizens alike increasingly steal it straight from the pipeline.