June 12, 2019 |
The Death Economy and “Radical Revolution of Values”!
The world is addicted to weapons, armaments, militarism and death, a reality which has been intertwined into every aspect of the global economy. In the past year alone, the world has spent some $1.6 trillion on the buying and selling of death machines that have no purpose other than death itself. The sooner and faster…Colonialism Islamic Politics Islamic Thought Race/Racism
January 2, 2019 |
The US’ Sectarian Playbook in the Muslim World
Daily news and policy discussions of the Muslim world are solely focused on recent developments and ebbs and flows of ongoing conflicts but rarely look back to the events that led to the current unfolding wars. While a more extended examination of the effects of WWI and direct colonization is always warranted, the more recent…Colonialism Islamic Politics Muslim History Politics
October 27, 2018 |
Saudi Arabia’s Bone Saw Governance and the Unending Wreckage!
Jamal Khashoggi’s murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul epitomizes the governance by death and mayhem approach in modern Arab states. Governance by death or more precisely by bone saw and a chainsaw is inscribed into state structures by the ruling elites who are committed to holding onto power by eliminating all opposition by any…Islamic Politics Muslim History Politics
September 23, 2018 |
Law, Religion, and Disorder in the Arab States
The law in the contemporary Arab states is an amalgamation of statutes, codes, and regulations put in place over the past 100-150 years in the process of forming the modern nation-state project. Often, the “Islam” or “Sharia”, to be more precise, is the primary source cited in the first few articles in almost every constitution…Islam Islamic Law Islamic Politics Islamic Thought
June 26, 2018 |
Local vs. transnational: False choices for American Muslims
Debates on how to best navigate the engagement in America’s complex and rapidly evolving political, social, cultural, religious and economic landscape are a major preoccupation for members of the diverse American Muslim community. At the core, the debates can be narrowed down to two main ideas: 1. We should focus on the rights of Muslims…Colonialism De-Colonial Islamic Politics Islamophobia Muslims in America Politics
January 21, 2018 |
Turkey’s and OIC’s Strategy for Jerusalem Must Include Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS)!
The position of the Turkish government on Jerusalem is very critical and has made an impact on the world stage with the U.N. vote. Certainly, the Turkish effort can be further strengthened by adopting a robust domestic and international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) strategy in affirmation of Palestinian civil society’s call for this specific…Islamic Politics Muslim History Palestine
October 17, 2017 |
Envisioning an Islamic Economic Union!
What are the possibilities of an Islamic Economic Union that can harness the strength and market competitive advantage of a diverse set of countries that are endowed with enormous resources and highly talented populations? The basis for forming such a market is present and the conditions are optimal to achieve it in a period of…Islamic Law Islamic Politics Islamic Thought Muslim History Politics
July 20, 2017 |
1492 Expulsion, Inquisition, Balfour Declaration and the European Question!
The combination of the 1492 Expulsion and Inquisition of Muslims and Jews may seem out of place at a first glance when the Balfour Declaration is discussed and added to the list. For sure, all these three are monumental events, but while in the case of the Expulsion and Inquisition the consequences were immediate and…Colonialism Islamic Politics Muslim History Palestine
April 21, 2017 |
Kashmir: The Forgotten Cause!
The image of Farooq Ahmad Dar, a Kashmiri shawl weaver, bound as a human shield on the bumper of an Indian military jeep is an atrocious display of an army that has become well-accustomed to human rights violations. On April 9, Mr. Dar was detained for no cause whatsoever while on his way to a…Colonialism Islamic Politics Islamophobia Muslim History
March 14, 2017 |
On Anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and Fictitious Alliances – Muslims and Jews in America – what is the way forward?
The complex and often contentious relationship between American Jews and Muslims witnessed two momentous events that produced divergent results and emotions. On the one hand, anti-Semitic attacks on a Jewish cemetery in St. Louis, Missouri, brought about a rapid $120,000 online fundraising drive in the Muslim community and hundreds of volunteers to repair damage to…Islamic Politics Islamophobia Muslims in America Race/Racism