Category Archives: Ethics

Review of What is a Madrasa? by Roshan Shah

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On Educating Oneself

Conditions of death and destruction force us to ask the question: what is wrong with human beings? What is the human condition? In other words, what dehumanizes our souls, minds and sensibilities to commit such unspeakable acts to each other? Why do some of these muscular devotees of Islam produce teachings that violate human dignity at every turn? I need not be reminded that their super power adversaries are equally craven. … Is it not time that conscientious Muslims produce what can be called the “violence critique?” ….While I concede my education was imperfect, but from somewhere I acquired the sensibility to question the unquestionable. The example of the hierodules, those slaves who served the ancient Greek temples come to mind. The hierodules had the advantage over the priests when it came to the secrets of the cult (Calasso 2005). They were surely no less knowledgeable than the priests, but because they were servants they were prepared to take risks and were more willing to expose, question and explore the secrets of the cult. I too behaved like the hierodules. Continue reading

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Op Ed: A Community is Judged by It’s Conduct says al-Kasani

Please read my op-ed in today’s Orlando Sentinel. Comments on my WordPress page are welcome. ʿAlā al-Dīn Abū Bakr al-Kāsānī (d. 1189) in what might be a throw away line in his Badāʾiʿ al-Ṣanāʾiʿ fī Tartīb al-Sharaʾiʿ, The Immaculate Calling in … Continue reading

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My interview with Diffused Congruence: The American Muslim Experience

Diffused Congruence: The American Muslim Experience.

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The Sunni Orthodoxy in Critical Muslim

Ebrahim Moosa suggests the Sunnis, the majority Muslim sect, need to rethink their history Continue reading

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

Preventing Egypt from sliding into civil war is a global security issue, as young militants who a year ago trusted the ballot box could potentially turn into the next generation of extremists. Continue reading

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Brain, mind and culture in Muslim theology

“Many Medieval and early modern Muslim theologians who offer startling insights about perception, ideas which sometimes even resemble trending topics like neuroplasticity….So the riddle of metaphors and the brain makes me wonder, as a humanist, whether Shah Waliyullah’s explanations imply that the brain is also culturally wired. And, if so, then what about claims that the brain is a closed system? And, if it remains a closed system, then how does the culture seep into it?” Continue reading

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Informed: Taliban way of thinking

“The Taliban don’t oppose women’s education per se, they just oppose a Western, secular education for ANY Muslim. In addition, I understand that the Taliban justified the shooting [of Malala Yusufzai] using the Khidr reference from Surah 18 (The Cave) … Continue reading

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Signs of Hope in Pakistan

My readers might have noticed that I was totally silent following the attempted assassination of the courageous young education activist Malala Yusufzai from the Swat region. I was silenced by a deep disgust at the deeds of these Pakistani Taliban … Continue reading

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Professor: Arrest of Pakistani Girl for Blasphemy Part of Decades-Old Witch Hunts

Professor: Arrest of Pakistani Girl for Blasphemy Part of Decades-Old Witch Hunts.

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