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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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My interview with Diffused Congruence: The American Muslim Experience

Diffused Congruence: The American Muslim Experience.

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My Madrasa Book is published

Can hardly wait to read new book "What is a Madrasa?" by @EbrahimMoosa – I don't know of any other book like it: — Ingrid Mattson (@IngridMattson) March 18, 2015 Prof Mattson is not only a great scholar but … Continue reading

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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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An Important Intervention on Blasphemy Cases in Pakistan

“… I will say this even if they ostensibly defend their innocence in claiming that such moves to repeal the blasphemy laws was a ‘conspiracy conducted by the enemies of Islam’.” Mawlana Ammar Khan Nasir, editor of al-Sharia, Gujranwala, Pakistan Continue reading

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Deoband Vice-Chancellor gets reprieve

UPDATE The new vice-chancellor of Darul Uloom Deoband, Mawlana Ghulam Vastanvi enjoyed some reprieve, when the Trustees of the century old seminary in India delegated a committee of inquiry to evaluate the VC’s controversial statements made in the Indian media. … Continue reading

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Inside the Madrasa — The Story from APM

Inside the Madrasa — The Story from APM.

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New Leadership at Deoband Seminary

The winds of change of change, however blusteringly, have ushered in a new vice-chancellor at Darul Uloom Deoband with the appointment of Mawlana Ghulam Vastanvi.  While the world’s attention was rightfully focused on dramatic changes in Tunisia and now in … Continue reading

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Demagoguery in the Name of the Prophet: Pakistan’s Paradoxes and Paranoia

Even more sickening than the assassination was to see Pakistani lawyers showering the killer with rose petals when he appeared in court. These were the same lawyers who were fighting for democracy and liberty a few years ago but today they are aiding and abetting murder in the name of the Prophet!…Centuries ago, the great Ibn Arabi, a great admirer of the Prophet and a frequent visitor to the holy shrine in Mecca, the Ka`ba, wrote in a poem: “How can the holy status of the Ka`ba ever be compared to the greater value of a human being.” Continue reading

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