The State of Things
12:11 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

The Legacy Of Malcolm X

Malcolm X waiting for a press conference to begin on March 26, 1964.
Credit U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection, Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons

The messages of civil rights leader Malcolm X still resonate 50 years after his assassination.

Conversations about Islam in America, police shootings and freedom of the press are as relevant in 2015 as they were on the day of his death: February 21, 1965.

Duke University and UNC-Chapel Hill start a two-day conference to examine the legacy of Malcolm X today.

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The State of Things
12:31 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

The Role Of Emotion In Religion

Abraham is recognized as the father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Wikimedia Commons/ Web Gallery of Art

Emotions are an important part of religious life for many people. Individuals often describe a feeling or sense of passion during a religious practice even if they cannot name the feeling.  

The academic study of religion and emotion is surging, but scholars are still struggling to find ways to measure and describe this phenomenon. Is emotion biological? Is it cultural? What can the study of emotion in religion tell us about religious intolerance or violence?

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The State of Things
12:24 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

Duke Call To Prayer Becomes Call To Conscience

Duke University decided not to allow for a Muslim call to prayer from the Duke Chapel bell tower.

Duke University said earlier this week that it would allow a weekly Islamic call-to-prayer from the bell tower of Duke Chapel.

Christian preacher Franklin Graham condemned the decision and called on donors to cease their financial contributions to Duke.

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The State of Things
11:45 am
Mon December 15, 2014

From Shoe Shiner To Ethnomusicologist, Meet Daoud Haroon

Daoud Haroon practicing one of his first instruments in the front room of his family apartment in Boston.
Daoud Haroon

Daoud Haroon has lived many lives in his 81 years. He grew up in the jazz clubs of Boston, shining shoes of many of the jazz greats as a young boy, and later playing alongside them as a percussionist and trombonist. He has worked in a wide range of trades from hat making to house painting. 

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The State of Things
10:01 am
Tue August 19, 2014

'Pocket Change' Brings Revolutionary Love Music Back To The Stage

Greensboro-based musician Laila Nur


Musician Laila Nur developed her “revolutionary love” music style when she moved alone to Greensboro at 19. 

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The State of Things
11:43 am
Wed August 28, 2013

Doris Duke's Shangri La Comes To Durham

The Nasher Museum brings Doris Duke's Islamic art collection in Hawaii to North Carolina.
Credit Doris Duke Foundation

Doris Duke, heiress to the American Tobacco Company fortune, built a sprawling estate in Hawaii in the 1930s. She named her secluded getaway Shangri La and she spent the rest of her life filling it with Islamic art. After her death, Shangri La was opened to the public.

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