Is Toxic Masculinity Islamic?

A standout moment from early Islamic history is that of Umar (may Allah be pleased with him) who upon being challenged by a woman in a public place, famously declared, “The woman is right, and Umar is wrong.” Muslims, when affirming the position of women in Islam, often repeat this event, which took place when Umar was the Khalifa. The pre-colonial Muslim world is littered … Continue reading Is Toxic Masculinity Islamic?

Faithless Fasting: Ramadan in the Modern Political Economy

One of the biggest challenges for corporate America today is diversity: racial, religious, ethnic, sexual, etc. The holy trinity of corporate professions–management consulting, investment banking, and corporate law–make substantial effort to hire “underrepresented” minorities and portray themselves as more “inclusive” to potential clients and the public. Undoubtedly, there are sincere concerns about improving the kinds of people that are hired as a way to grow … Continue reading Faithless Fasting: Ramadan in the Modern Political Economy

استعادة التراث الإسلامي السياسي: تدبرات بعد داعش

In English الإسلام يواجه عدة تحديات في هذا العصر، ومنها العلاقة بين الدين والدولة. ”الدولة“ صنعٌ سياسي حديث وهي لا تقبل بأي منافس في السلطة والنفوذ. إقامة ما يسمى الدولة الإسلامية في العراق والشام (داعش) سلطت الضوء على تلك الأزمة، لأن العالم الإسلامي ما زال في حالة فشل سياسي، ولم يثمر منه إلا الإستبداد والعنف. كل العلماء المسلمين استنكروا داعش بإجماعٍ ووصفوها بأنها ليست دولة … Continue reading استعادة التراث الإسلامي السياسي: تدبرات بعد داعش

Countering the Assault of Secularization

This piece is the final part of a three part policy report on the secularization of the Muslim mind. You can read part one here and part two here. The battle for the hearts and minds of Muslims comes while the Muslim world stands at a crossroad between liberation from authoritarian regimes and a continuation of corrupt neoliberal and neocolonial rule. If the Muslim community is … Continue reading Countering the Assault of Secularization

The US State and the Making of a Secular Islam

This piece is part two of a three part policy report on the secularization of the Muslim mind. You can read part one here and part three here.  Fear and the “Bad Muslim”: Identity and Radical Islam Islamic fundamentalists… [are determined] to restore the superiority of the Islamic civilization by resuscitating the past. They seek to impose the Sharia, a code of law based on … Continue reading The US State and the Making of a Secular Islam

The Secularization of the Muslim Mind

This piece is part one of a three part policy report on the secularization of the Muslim mind. You can read part two here.  This report aims to highlight a subtle yet existential threat to the Muslim community in America: an assault on the Muslim mind, in other words, the Secularization of the Muslim mind. In contrast to the right-wing’s physical and verbal attacks on … Continue reading The Secularization of the Muslim Mind

Deconstructing Western Representations of Political Islam

Introduction There is a spectre haunting the Muslim world, by the name of political Islam. Whether in the form of violent terrorist groups or in the guise of political parties pragmatically using the democratic process to gain power, it seems that everywhere behind the stunted development of Muslim-majority societies is the troublesome presence of political Islam. Observers of contemporary affairs will note Islamic politics as … Continue reading Deconstructing Western Representations of Political Islam

The Selfie Epidemic

For centuries, we have measured ourselves against Greco-Roman standards of perfection. While the tendency to live up to powerful cultural expectations predates Ancient Greece, the historical foundations of western individualism is often traced back to this period, where ecological factors helped nurture a proto-entrepreneurial guile amongst citizens, eventually contributing towards a culture of self-sufficiency where people viewed themselves as individuals rather than part of a … Continue reading The Selfie Epidemic

Dostoevsky’s Strange Ideas and the Modern Terrorist

While nothing is easier than to denounce the evildoer, nothing is more difficult than to understand him. [1] ​The quotation above is less a reflection of what Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881) actually said — as it remains unverified but frequently cited — but more of what the Russian author’s novels continue to offer us: an understanding of the evildoer. His novel, Crime and Punishment, is known for … Continue reading Dostoevsky’s Strange Ideas and the Modern Terrorist