johndmartin has written 25 posts for Islamic Identities

Do They Represent Islam or Only Themselves?

by Alaa al-Aswany Huffington Post Published: April 10, 2012 What would you do if found you out that someone you’ve been dealing with is a liar? Advertisements

“Awake my soul, lyre and harp, I will awake the dawn.”

All things are clear in retrospect. More than a year after the beginning of the “Arab Spring” (or “Arab Awakening,” if you like), we are still trying figure out what has happened and will happen throughout the Middle East. Tunisia seems to have found a balance between its Islamist and secular parties for the moment. … Continue reading

Expressions of Islam in Contemporary African American Communities

The Fourth Annual Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Conference entitled, Expressions of Islam in Contemporary African American Communities will host speakers exploring and highlighting the varied experience of African American Muslims in the United States. The conference will not only showcase research on African American Muslims by leading academics, but will also feature contemporary … Continue reading

Progressive Muslims Launch Gay-Friendly, Women-Led Mosques In Attempt To Reform American Islam

by Jaweed Kaleem Huffington Post Published: March 29, 2012 At first, the devout Muslims who gathered in a Washington, D.C., conference center seemed like they could have come from any mosque. There were women in headscarves and bearded men who quoted the Quran. But something was different.

Eating Cinnabon in Damascus

by Katie Paul Foreign Policy Published: March 26, 2012 Why are foreign brands like KFC, the Four Seasons, and Cinnabon still trying to make a buck in Syria?

Scapegoats and Distractions

This is not the first time in American history that there has been a rejection of Islam—in one form or another—on the part of a political and social culture which held the superstition that it threatened the American way of life. This fear was also at the front of the American worldview was in the … Continue reading

Tunisian protesters demand Islamic state

by Lin Noueihed Reuters Tunis Published: March 17, 2012 Islamist demonstrators wave flags during a protest outside the Tunisian Parliament in Tunis demanding the inclusion of Sharia. The flag reads “There is no god but Allah and Mohammad is the prophet.”

Appropriated Symbols Reappropriated

Leila Ahmed’s treatment of the practice of veiling in Islam and its quiet increase in popularity in recent years is quite extensive and exhaustive. She writes from the point of view of someone who grew up in a Muslim country at a time when veiling was not as visible as it is now. In A … Continue reading

Perceptions and Impressions of Islam and Women

The topic of women and Islam (or the Qur‘an, or veil, etc) seems to reduce to one of perceptions or impressions; in other words, worldview. Higher-level treatments of the topic are not that different. If the primary focus of the author is to contextualize Qur‘anic teachings within the scope of feminism, Marxism, modernism, post-modernism or … Continue reading

Queering the Qur’an? Sacred Ripping and the Holy Homonationalism

by Sima Shakhsari Jadaliyya Published: March 10, 2012 It may be hard to imagine that here, in the hot and humid Texas, being queer is “cool.” Believe it or not, Houston has a lesbian mayor and one of the first transgender judges in the nation. Hell, if it was not for the rest of Texas, … Continue reading

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