Niraj Warikoo Detroit Free Press April 8, 2012 Apparently, Islam’s only goal is world domination.
Saba Mahmood, in “Religious Freedom, the Minority Question, and Geopolitics in the Middle East,” problematizes notions of religious freedom, pointing to a history of usage marred with Western colonial interests. This critique of the usage of such terms of “religious freedom” and “minority” points to the shifting definitions which end up as discursive tools to … Continue reading
Al-Jazeera March 29, 2012 Tunisia, having undergone political instability in the wake of the Arab Spring, is discussing if and/or to what extent religion should impact the new constitution.
It seems that contemporary scholarly discourse has reached a point where legitimacy is gained not through some appeal to Truth (or claim to privileged access to it), but through the deconstruction of others’ arguments such that the audience will be less likely to perceive the flaws of the author’s claims. In other words: In order … Continue reading
Bob Taylor March 13, 2012 The Washington Times This article suggests that to attempt to view Islam through a Western lens is impossible, presumably because the worldview presented in Islam is not housed in Western a priori assumptions, but rather its own.
While reading through a survey of articles and opinions concerning the construction of the “Ground Zero Mosque,” the question of who gets to define the limits of social groups continuously rose to my mind. None of the authors explicitly brought up the question – most just assumed that they (or the people they cite) had … Continue reading
Jordan Times Omar Obeidat Mar 18,2012 Jordan seeks to capitalize on region’s instability due to the Arab Spring.
Leila Ahmed discusses the history, present state, and future of female participation in Islamist discourse, focusing primarily on the hijab. Ahmed covers a vast amount of material with clarity and coherence. Her narrative of the historical events leading up to our present conceptions of what the veil truly means is logical, and seems to be … Continue reading
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_B97n9XitRM Integrating last week’s author with this week’s topic.
Asma Barlas, in her book Believing Women in Islam: Unreading Patriarchal Interpretations of the Qur’an, argues that the Qur’an does not condone patriarchy, and in fact condemns it. At first glance, one might say “that seems impossible, with how many generations of scholars who would have passed over this condemnation,” but upon further investigation, the … Continue reading