• October 26, 2016 |

    The Metaphysical and the Crisis of Spiritual Materiality

    The word “spiritual” — frequently used in increasingly non-descriptive and narrowly understood ways in the modern and post-colonial period —  is a term that postulates a new relationship between the human and God that is no longer regulated by existing “tradition” or normative religious discourses. Just as modernity, post-modernity, or neo-liberal world order defined every…

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    September 13, 2016 |

    The Meaning of Eid for the Ummah

    The Hajj, the fifth pillar in Islam, rightly serves as the culminating experience for a Muslim’s spiritual journey in life and the struggle with which it is associated. Following the rights of Hajj, believers all around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, meaning that which regularly returns. What is the meaning of…

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    September 7, 2016 |

    Muslim Intellectuals and America’s Imperial Project!

    The role of the intellectual in these difficult times is paramount as debates on every issue abound in contemporary society. Nothing from the economy to the environment, race relations to healthcare, and migration to outer space exploration escape the debates and are all in contestation and in flux. At the outset, let’s not posit that…

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    July 21, 2016 |

    On Military Coups and Post-Colonialism

    The failed military coup attempt in Turkey will possibly bring an end to a pernicious feature that has been around throughout the postcolonial period. Military coups and interventions are a permanent feature of the postcolonial state. While the Turkish experience with direct colonialism is non-existent, the effects of Eurocentric discourses and the shift toward Europe…

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  • June 2, 2016 |

    Ramadan: A De-Colonial Centering Moment

    The month of Ramadan is approaching and with it a deliberate shift occurs in the daily life and practice of every Muslim. Islamic sources offer extensive commentaries on the divine wisdom behind the month of Ramadan.  Discussions abound on the numerous benefits in this world and the hereafter for those observing the fast, as well…

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    April 21, 2016 | Daily Sabah

    Restoring Palestine: Six Divergent Visions

    Palestinians’ feeling of being foreigners in their own land and unwanted, stateless refugees waiting for country after country to allow them in, grant papers and permit free movement is not something to wish upon anyone. Palestinians are capable and will continue to resist and counter Zionism at every turn no matter the obstacles; yet, the…

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    November 9, 2015 | AlJazeera

    The Palestinian cause and international law

    The Palestinian quest for international recognition took another major step forward when 107 nations voted to admit Palestine as a full member to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). At the meeting, the United States, Canada, Germany, Israel, and 10 other countries opposed the motion, while 52 countries, including Great Britain, abstained…

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  • October 31, 2015 | Daily Sabah

    Al-Aqsa Mosque and Israel’s colonial bullying

    The name of Hatem ibn Abdellah ibn Saad at-Taiy is recorded in Arab history as being the most generous of the Arabs, and is often used as a basis of comparisons and associated with many proverbs. The phrase: “More generous than Hatem,” is the most commonly used maxim when a person acts generously. The actual…

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  • October 22, 2015 | Daily Sabah

    Intifada or not: Occupation remains intact?

    News outlets are in overdrive, asking the question whether this is the third Intifada we are witnessing in Palestine or something else. Immediately, comparisons with the first or second Intifadas have taken center stage with a heavy focus on fear and the psychological condition of Israeli society, which is again facing “random” acts of Palestinian…

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    October 12, 2015 | Turkey Agenda

    Palestine’s Wound

    Palestine, a gnawing wound eating away at the exposed soul and flesh of Palestinians living under occupation, is facing, yet, another orchestrated episode of Israeli military and settler’s violence. Where to begin the story in this well-designed Greek tragedy! We have multiple beginnings, detours, reverses, but for sure, no end in sight. Even if, a…

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