The list of dead, white British men who lorded over the Subcontinent is long, but Thomas Macauley holds a special place among them. The archetypal British colonial administrator, Macauley was best known for his instrumental role in entrenching English into the cultural and epistemic life of the Subcontinent. In decreeing the supremacy of English as the language of power, and the displacement of traditional sciences and knowledges, Macaulay famously said: “We must at present do our best to form a class who may be interpreters between us and the millions whom we govern, — a class of persons Indian in blood and colour, but English in tastes, in opinions, in morals and in intellect.” Continue reading Macauley ke Bache: On Our Relationship to Urdu
The qualitative weightiness of the pen (qalam) is measured by the fact that it has been worded in the first verses revealed to the Prophet ﷺ, where it directly follows narratives about creation and is itself linked to knowledge… Continue reading The Lost Art of Writing
A Book Review of Prohibitions of the Tongue by Shaykh Muhammad Mawlud, and what the Islamic ethical framework demands of Muslims. Continue reading What’s Missing From Today’s Ethical Mindset?
I’ve questioned how much of my understanding of Islam is colored by the lens that my primary language, English, provides. Continue reading Could English be an Islamic Language?