Category: Islamic Theology & Law

Pledging Allegiance to Islamophobia in US Classrooms (by Khaled Beydoun/AJE)

[ 0 ] March 23, 2015 |

by KHALED A BEYDOU for AL JAZEERA ENGLISH on MARCH 23, 2015:  Two weeks after New York City announced that its schools would observe the principal Muslim holidays, another school district in the State of New York signaled that Islamophobia in the US, and its classrooms, was hardly on the decline. On March 18, a […]

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Yemen Bombing: It’s not ISIL and it’s not Sunni-Shiite Conflict

Yemen Bombing: It’s not ISIL and it’s not Sunni-Shiite Conflict

[ 0 ] March 23, 2015 |

“When religion is deployed for political purposes and there is no separation of religion and state, religion acts like a political movement and throws up political opposition. Where politics is violent, so is religious politics. Countries were there is a separation of religion and state have much less religious violence, because there is no point in […]

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Facing Down Anti-Muslim Bigotry Through Faith in America (by David Schanzer)

Facing Down Anti-Muslim Bigotry Through Faith in America (by David Schanzer)

[ 3 ] March 16, 2015 |

Duke professor David Schanzer has shared with ISLAMiCommentary, below, his prepared remarks to the Islamic Association of Raleigh (NC) this weekend during their annual open house “Welcome to my Mosque. ” The open house was presented as “an opportunity for  friends and neighbors from other faiths to know about Islam.” Schanzer was invited to speak on Islamophobia. About 200 people were […]

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Ziauddin Sardar: “Much of What We Believe in is Manufactured Dogma”

[ 0 ] March 12, 2015 |

Ziauddin Sardar discussing some key issues facing Muslim societies and how must they be addressed. by FARAH ZIA for THE NEWS ON SUNDAY(PAKISTAN) on MARCH 8, 2015: Ziauddin Sardar is a firm believer in engaging with Muslims and interpreting the Sharia according to the needs of contemporary times. That obviously is not the dominant thought […]

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LISTEN: Cabeiri Robinson on “Refugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists”

LISTEN: Cabeiri Robinson on “Refugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists”

[ 0 ] March 8, 2015 |

by SHERALI TAREEN for NEW BOOKS IN ISLAMIC STUDIES on FEBRUARY 19, 2015:  The idea of jihad is among the most keenly discussed yet one of the least understood concepts in Islam. In her brilliant new book Body of Victim, Body of Warrior: Refugee Families and the Making of Kashmiri Jihadists (University of California Press, […]

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France to Double Number of Islamic University Courses

[ 0 ] March 6, 2015 |

via FRANCE 24/AFP on MARCH 3, 2015:  French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday announced that the state would finance double the number of university courses on Islam in a bid to stop the influence of foreign funding of training of French imams. In a speech in the eastern French city of Strasbourg, Valls said […]

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WATCH: “What is Sacred Space?” A Multi-Faith Discussion at the Duke Chapel

WATCH: “What is Sacred Space?” A Multi-Faith Discussion at the Duke Chapel

[ 0 ] February 26, 2015 |

via DUKE CHAPEL on FEBRUARY 25, 2015:  Sacred space is central in the practices of many faith traditions. A Duke Chapel “Bridge Panel” explored the topic with Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders. The panelists included: Dr. Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at the Duke Divinity School; Dr. Omid […]

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What ISIS Really Is: Sham Muslims, real criminals (by Bruce Lawrence, RNS)

What ISIS Really Is: Sham Muslims, real criminals (by Bruce Lawrence, RNS)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by BRUCE LAWRENCE for RELIGION NEWS SERVICE on FEBRUARY 25, 2015:  (RNS) Less than six months ago, few outside the Middle East knew much about a group called ISIS or ISIL or the Islamic State. It was not till mid-June that its leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, proclaimed himself the caliph, and ISIS the territory he […]

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Bruce Lawrence on “Who is Allah?” (Book Essay)

Bruce Lawrence on “Who is Allah?” (Book Essay)

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

“We invoke the name of Allah to bless a meal. We invoke His name before opening a book we are about to read. We invoke His name to anticipate an action. We invoke His name to mark a ritual slaughter. Why do all religions put such a focus on the name of this or that […]

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Ellen McLarney: Why Arab Spring Made Life Better in Tunisia, Failed Everywhere Else

Ellen McLarney: Why Arab Spring Made Life Better in Tunisia, Failed Everywhere Else

[ 0 ] February 25, 2015 |

by ELLEN MCLARNEY for REUTERS on FEBRUARY 18, 2015:  Earlier this month, Tunisia’s newly elected parliament cobbled together a coalition government led by a secular party that included its Islamist rivals, who had been democratically ousted from power. The new government, coming on the heels of a historic presidential election, a new constitution and the […]

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