drewcostello has written 18 posts for Islamic Identities

Arab spring Islamists launch U.S. charm offensive

By AFP Washington April 8, 2012 From With a White House meeting, talks at a think-tank, and interviews with newspapers, Islamists unshackled by the Arab Spring are launching a new charm offensive to reassure a nervous Washington. Advertisements

The Problem of the “Religious Minority”

In the first part of his article, “Religious Freedom, the Minority Question, and Geopolitics in the Middle East,” Saba Mahmood addresses the history of the concept of “religious minority,” and specifically how it developed in the Middle East. Mahmood makes the purpose of this section clear when he states: “My intention in this section of … Continue reading

Pleading the Fifth: Violence and Terrorism in Islamic Scholarship

In his article “The Modern Ugly and the Ugly Modern: Reclaiming the Beautiful in Islam” Khaled Abou El Fadl discusses violent and oppressive acts committed in the name of Islam, and the response of the Muslim community and scholars when these types of acts occur. Abou El Fadl, unlike many scholars, is not attempting to … Continue reading

One Muslim’s fight to marry Islam with homosexuality

By Gaëlle Le Roux February 4, 2012 From Ludovic-Mohamed Zahed has made headlines by becoming the first French man to be married to another man in a Muslim religious ceremony. In his new book, he tells the tale of his unique journey of faith and love.

Brooker: To catch a terrorist

By Kevin Brooker March 26, 2012 From An inflammatory opinion piece centered on the actions of Craig Monteilh, a 49 year old body-builder from California with a criminal past, who supposedly was recruited by the FBI to pose as a Muslim in order to infiltrate mosques and gain counter-terrorism intelligence as a part of … Continue reading

A Mosque Near Ground Zero? Must be the Nazis

The controversy over building the Park 51 mosque and community center is yet another example of how the supposed religious freedom in the United States of America is undermined by many influential and “respected” people in the American public sphere. The mosque, which was termed the “Ground Zero mosque” while this controversy was ongoing, was … Continue reading

Play “Unveils” Post 9/11 Experience of Muslim Women in America

By Amina Ahmed From Published February 25, 2012 A play recently performed on the campus of Northeastern Illinois University titled Unveiled attempts to capture and portray the experience of American Muslim women in the aftermath of the events of 9/11.

Manipulating the Veil

Leila Ahmed’s A Quiet Revolution: The Veil’s Resurgence, from the Middle East to America is a historical look at the controversial modern history of the wearing of hijab in Ahmed’s home country of Egypt and also in the United States of America. Ahmed attempts to synthesize numerous academic accounts of the practice of veiling, many … Continue reading

A Question of Interpretation

FROM The Majalla February 14, 2012 An interview with Shirin Ebadi where she answers various questions including women’s rights, the Arab Spring, the development of nuclear weapons in Iran, and Islamism.

Book Review: The Golden Cage: Three Brothers, Three Choices, One Destiny

Shirin Ebadi’s The Golden Cage: Three Brothers, Three Choices, One Destiny is a heart wrenching tale of three brothers growing up in Iran during the second half of the 20th century, and how their decisions impacted family and friends. The story is told from Ebadi’s perspective, as she witnesses the tumultuous events that transpired on … Continue reading

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