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“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

Islam vs. Progressivism: Not actually a fight

Progression is an essential part of our society. We continue to see progress every day from the creation of new forms of medicine, to the variety of smart phones coming out, computers, I-pods, cars, etc. Progress is not something unusual to us and we expect progress to take place not only in material objects, but … Continue reading

Progressive Islam: Is It Really Islam?

Progressive Islam, according to Omid Safi, means a couple of fundamental things. First, it “is above all an attempt to start swimming through the rising waters of Islam and modernity, to strive for justice in the midst of society.” (1) While Safi acknowledges that he cannot speak for all Progressive Muslims, he lays out a number of … Continue reading

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

Arson attack on Redditch mosque

Redditch police say they suspect a recent arson attack on a local mosque was a hate crime. Fire-fighters tackled a small fire at the front door of the mosque on Jinnah Road, at about 10.20pm on January 24. No one was injured and there was no major damage to the building, which is yet to … Continue reading

The Conflict of the Veil. Is there really a problem?

In the book “A quiet Revolution: The Veil’s resurgence, from the Middle East to America” by Leila Ahmed addresses the controversy of the hijab. More specifically Ahmed focuses on a certain amount of history of the hijab and its use in Muslim communities around the world. The historical background of the hijab is essential in … Continue reading

Ask a Muslim Woman

Islamic Feminism: What’s in a Name?

By Margot Badran, AL-AHRAM Weekly-Online (1-17-02) What’s in a name? What’s behind a name? What is Islamic feminism? Let me offer a concise definition: it is a feminist discourse and practice articulated within an Islamic paradigm. Islamic feminism, which derives its understanding and mandate from the Qur’an, seeks rights and justice for women, and for … Continue reading

The Future of Egypt Jan 27th, 2012 by Colin, Inside Islam, posted by Teala

Egyptian Women display their inked fingers after voting at a Cairo polling station. Image: Bela Szandelszky/AP/Press Association Images Our recent Inside Islam radio show with Oxford University Professor Tariq Ramadan was a good history lesson for me. Ramadan talked about how both the western media and many of Egypt’s politicians are missing the boat: the role of Islam in future structures … Continue reading

Is Islam Compatible with Capitalism?

GUY SORMAN–City Journal–(Summer 2011)–The moment you arrive at the airport in Cairo, you discover how little Egypt—the heart of Arab civilization—is governed by the rule of law. You line up to show your passport to the customs officer; you wait and wait and wait. Eventually, you reach the officer . . . who sends you … Continue reading

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