What’s Missing From Today’s Ethical Mindset?

A Book Review of Prohibitions of the Tongue by Shaykh Muhammad Mawlud Normative ethics across the political and religious spectrum today often relies on rigid application of absolutes. The one who opposes oppression must fight to eradicate every oppressor and never be kind to one. The one who loves must love everyone as they are, revealing not a smidgen of intolerance. The one who cares … Continue reading What’s Missing From Today’s Ethical Mindset?

Can a Nonhumanitarian Ethics Address Economic Inequality?

Revolution, often affected through battered souls ambushed by endless hardship, has taken on a romantic flavor in history classes. The possibility and promises of change through democracy dominates contemporary thinking. We are often taught that affecting upheaval in today’s world requires ideological commitment and hardy political maneuvering.  But need revolution be so grand? Maybe change is seeded in the acts so familiar to us in … Continue reading Can a Nonhumanitarian Ethics Address Economic Inequality?

Deconstructing the Reconstruction: Analyzing Iqbalian Discourse  

A Book Review of The Reconstruction of Religious Thought by Allama Muhammad Iqbal Known as the spiritual father of the “idea of Pakistan” and “Hakeem-ul-Ummat (sage of Ummah),” Allama Sir Muhammed Iqbal commands a profound impact on the Muslim intellectual tradition. Bang-e-Dara, The Secrets of the Self, Message from the East, and Javid Nama persist as great poetry collections. He was educated at Trinity College, Cambridge (B.A.) in 1906, and … Continue reading Deconstructing the Reconstruction: Analyzing Iqbalian Discourse  

Legal Pluralism Within International Commercial Law

At the heart of how much of the Muslim-majority world regulates its financial and banking laws, Islamic contract and commercial law extends globally. In 2008, Islamic banks globally held about $250 million dollars (1). Less than half a decade later, Islamic banks held over $1.50 trillion. Indonesia, Qatar, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Turkey made up 78% of the international Islamic banking assets within commercial banks … Continue reading Legal Pluralism Within International Commercial Law

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