Paul Beran Joins SHARIAsource as Executive Director Paul Beran joins SHARIAsource as its executive director. Beran joins SHARIAsource from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and will be drawing from deep wells of experience in leading academic and policy-oriented projects. ILSP Director and SHARIAsource founding editor-in-chief Intisar Rabb expressed her excitement at Beran’s hire and confidence in his contributions and leadership of the ongoing operations. Echoing the sentiment were Jonathan Zittrain and Chris Bavitz,  both faculty directors at Berkman Klein Center, which supports SHARIAsource. Beran joins at a time where SHARIAsource is needed more than ever, and will help shepherd an array of new activities and initiatives in the months ahead.  Read more. Image credit: ILSP


Orlando and the Narrative of Good Muslim/Bad Muslim South Asia/Pakistan editor Jeff Redding parses the violence and motives behind last month’s attack in Orlando. Warning against the media and public’s tendency to reduce Muslims to “good” or “bad,” Redding’s piece encourages readers to think about such attacks within more nuanced frameworks.  Read more. Image credit: Gillian Blease, patheos.com 


No, Newt: Rhetoric Doesn’t Change the Law U.S. editor Abed Awad summarizes the intentional inaccuracy of Newt Gingrich’s comments from last Thursday. Like many other current politicians’, Gingrich’s comments further the mistaken conflation of shari’a and Islamic law. Read more. Image credit: Reuters


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