Humanism between Islam and the West

A book review of Ali Shariati’s Marxism and Other Western Fallacies Ali Shariati Mazinani was an Iranian revolutionary and sociologist whose work is largely on the sociology of religion. He is widely considered to be one of the most influential Iranian intellectuals of the 20th century[1], and has been dubbed  the “ideologue of the Iranian Revolution.” Despite experiencing an illustrious career shortened by an early … Continue reading Humanism between Islam and the West

A Critique From Above: A Reflection on Revolts

No time in recent memory has seen ‘violence’ laid bare as much as in our current political moment.  The violence of concern is that of colonial racism – a violence produced by the secular nation-state. Of course, the modern form of lynching visited upon George Floyd is not news to anyone aware of the costs of late capitalism and neocolonialism. Yet, as an Ummah, we … Continue reading A Critique From Above: A Reflection on Revolts

Intolerance is at the Heart of Liberalism

The incoherence of liberalism is going to need a better defense than the one offered by Douglas Murray.  Liberalism, as Douglas Murray rightly points out in his Spectator piece, is in the dock and subject to a new “cultural revolution.” Murray’s piece reflects an ever-growing pessimism across western societies that the edifice upon which liberalism was built is giving way to a “woke” progressivism concerned … Continue reading Intolerance is at the Heart of Liberalism

Islam and the Secular Age: Q&A with Dr. Khalil Abdurrashid

Traversing Tradition and Yaqeen Institute have collaborated to provide a question and answer follow-up to Yaqeen Institute’s research papers, allowing readers further engagement with the author. In this article, we had the blessed opportunity to ask Dr. Khalil Abdurrashid questions about his article, Islam and the Secular Age: Between Certainty and Uncertainty. Dr. Khalil Abdurrashid is the first full-time University Muslim Chaplain at Harvard University, … Continue reading Islam and the Secular Age: Q&A with Dr. Khalil Abdurrashid

Don’t Violate the Rights of the Poor: A Guide to Doing Zakat Right

Muslims normally pay their Zakat in Ramadan. The holy month is a sanctuary, in which good deeds and bad deeds alike weigh immeasurably more heavily. Zakat, Islam’s obligatory alms, demands that anyone with sufficient wealth must discharge a portion of it as a form of purification. It is a khass (specific) command, separate to the general encouragement to give in charity. This means that, like … Continue reading Don’t Violate the Rights of the Poor: A Guide to Doing Zakat Right

Ramadan Traditions in the Casbah of Algiers

While traveling is not feasible during the coronavirus pandemic, a strong imagination can take us anywhere we want. The casbah (citadel) of Algiers offers a meaningful way to reflect on the Ramadan traditions of the pre-colonial Maghrib.  Before the arrival of the French and even under their rule, women scrubbed the walls of their house and tied raffia— fiber from palm tree leaves— to the … Continue reading Ramadan Traditions in the Casbah of Algiers

The Halal Food Industry

A Book Review of Halal Food: A History by Boğaç Ergene and Febe Armanios As we fast through the month of Ramadan, we should pause to reflect on our relationship with what we consume. There are many conditions and restrictions during this month: what, when, with whom, how much, and where we eat comprise the dietary contours of fasting Muslims. As the “State of the … Continue reading The Halal Food Industry

L’aspect esthétique de la loi islamique

In English Lorsqu’il est question de la loi islamique, en particulier dans un contexte propice à la polémique, elle est habituellement abordé d’un angle moral ou pratique. Ceux qui embrassent ses vertus tiennent un discours de ce genre : Dieu étant notre créateur, nous lui devons obéissance (aka argument moral); et ses injonctions sont celles qui conviennent le mieux à notre nature humaine (aka, observation … Continue reading L’aspect esthétique de la loi islamique

Hindu Nationalism: History, Ideology, Nation

The Scourge of Indian Islamophobia In an age of unprecedented anti-Muslim lynching and violence against minorities in India, Islamophobic bigotry extends its arms into modern Indian State figures. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath—who stated in 2015 that he would (if given the chance) install Hindu idols in every Indian Mosque—is a key example of this. In an undated video from 2014, he stated “if … Continue reading Hindu Nationalism: History, Ideology, Nation