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The Mother of All Stupidity

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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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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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Return to Dictatorship in Egypt

Then they came for the right thinking people of Egypt, and there was no one left to speak for what is “right,” for “thinking,” and for the “people.” Continue reading

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Middle East Spring of Discontent: Libya

The Spring of Discontent surges forward in the Middle East—with Libya and Bahrain showing strong symptoms of public anger and discontent against their rulers. In Tripoli, the Libyan capital, mercenaries that Libya’s dictator, Mu`ammar al-Qadhdhafi had cultivated over the years … Continue reading

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TV interview on crisis in Egypt & Islam and Democracy

My interview with WRAL on the Egypt Crisis My interview at Duke University on Islam and Democracy

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