In any given society, there are certain common sense moralisms ingrained within that culture. Certain aspects of ethical life and sentiments may be universal in nature and span multiple countries and continents, as part of a generalized weltanschauung. Yet, the particular way in which that ethic is practiced is always subject to cultural conditions and specifics. The key part to this common-sense morality is that you do not think much about these things: they are simply the immediate ethical context one engages with and considers as obvious. As a result, one of the main arenas where we see a stark shift from pre-modern to modern societies, and from religious to liberal societies, is in ethical sentiments and “common sense.” Continue reading 7 Modern Deadly Sins and Misunderstandings: Inequality
The issue of male-only panels is a new one. Outrage often seems manufactured: Muslim women are not “represented” in conferences, scholarly circles, panels, public events, speaking engagements, etc. This is considered a big problem, as it clearly serves as evidence of systematic misogyny, and Muslims will never progress unless it is resolved via a quota system of integrated avenues — or so goes traditional wisdom. Continue reading The Male-Only Panel Fallacy
Mientras generalmente somos conscientes que vivimos en una época “moderna”, a diferencia de época “medieval” o “antigua,” con mejor tecnología y diferentes normas sociales, sin embargo, nos quedamos ajenas y desconocidos a los aspectos más grandes, totalizadores, y omnipresentes de nuestro mundo. Continue reading La muerte de la comunidad y el auge del individualismo
Birmingham, Britain, 2014 — a scandal hit the headlines. A letter was leaked to the press which had been sent to the City Council detailing “Operation Trojan Horse,” a plot by a cabal of Muslim teachers and governors to take over and Islamicize state schools in Birmingham. A national outcry followed, and the government swept into action: the former head of Counter Terrorism Command led an investigation, and several people were banned from teaching. Continue reading ‘Trojan Horse’ or a British Tradition?
owing up as an Islamic school student, I was always defensive about criticisms of the Islamic school model brought up by community members. “It’s simple and obvious: Our Islamic schools are the pathway for Muslim children to become good Muslim adults,” I thought. As an adult, I now realize that I was wrong. Continue reading Rethinking Islamic School Education