What is a Madrasa? is published…invitation to read and offer comments here…

My new book What is a Madrasa? is published.  I invite everyone to read it and I will be happy to pursue a conversation about my book with you on this blog space. Please feel free to comment. Books can be purchased at Amazon, Barnes & Noble stores.

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New book: The African Renaissance and the Afro-Arab Spring A Season of Rebirth?

Just published, my new co-edited volume titled The African Renaissance and the Afro-Arab Spring A Season of Rebirth? Charles Villa-Vicencio, Erik Doxtader, and Ebrahim Moosa, Eds Foreword by former South African president Thabo Mbeki

– See more at:http://press.georgetown.edu/book/georgetown/african-renaissance-and-afro-arab-spring#sthash.Sd9ozu0g.dpuf

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My Madrasa Book is published

Prof Mattson is not only a great scholar but an extraordinary human being. Her enthusiasm and care rejuvenates the author!!

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Review of Muhammad Qasim Zaman’s book: Radical Islamic Thought in a Modern Age

See my review of this excellent book on academia.edu http://tinyurl.com/puftlp5 or view attached pdf MoosaZamanReview

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Update on Datuk Sri Anwar Ibrahim

Regrettably, Anwar Ibrahim, the bold and courageous political leader of Malaysia was imprisoned for a five year term. While the charges were those of sodomy, his imprisonment is seen as a political witch hunt of trying to eliminate him from the political scene given his party’s success in recent years.

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Visiting Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim

After many years I had the privilege to meet with DS Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of the Malaysian parliamentary opposition. It was an extraordinary gathering of many people and exceptional hospitality by DS Anwar and his wife Aziza. I was asked to share some words with the audience along with Sheikh Nuruddin Lemu. A beautiful evening indeed in Kuala Lumpur.

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Visit to Islamic Renaissance Front in Kuala Lumpur

Thinking about solutions to the growing specter of violence in different parts of the Islamic world was the theme of many of my talks and interactions during my visit to the Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. The Penang Institute was a cosponsor of my visit. Dr Ahmad Farouk Musa and Dr Syed Farid Alatas were wonderful interlocutors from whom I learned a great deal. Lack of good governance, utopian delusions that invoking Sharia and religion are the silver bullets to remedy the ills of society were the aspects that I identified as the engine room for growing militancy among Muslims. Furthermore, growing grievances of military interventions and the killing of thousands of innocents by US and European interventions in the Muslim world are equally serious causes for militancy.

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Doha Consultation

I am in Doha at a consultation hosted by the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics (CILE) in order to devise a vision and intellectual agenda for bioethics. CILE is a member of the Qatar Faculty of Islamic Studies. I have had the opportunity to meet distinguished scholars like our host Dr Muhammad al-Ghaly, a specialist in Islamic law and bioethics. Also in attendance among others are Dr Muhammad al-Bar from Said Arabia, Prof Muhsin Abul Fadl Ebrahim from South Africa, both distinguished scholars and pioneers of Muslim biomedical ethics. Among the scholars is the astrophysicist from the American University in Sharjah, Prof Nidhal Guessoum, author of Islam’s Quantum Question, a great book that I had the opportunity to review. My review of his book done more than a year ago is attached here for those of you who might not have seen it.


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The Sunni Orthodoxy in Critical Muslim

I have just published a piece in Critical Muslim . I am one of the associate editors of this journal. Please subscribe to this journal

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Walking Egypt back from the brink of anarchy by Ebrahim Rasool and Ebrahim Moosa, Friday, August 16,

Washington Post op-ed “Walking Egypt back from the brink of anarchy” by South African Ambassador to the United States Mr Ebrahim Rasool and Ebrahim Moosa, professor of Islamic Studies at Duke University.

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